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Follow a Bee
Garden Wildlife : Bees
A semi-wild garden with wildflowers and grasses will be filled with bees!
On the day of this daily wildlife challenge, bees were active on foxgloves and fruit trees, down in the wild patches of nettles and green alkanet and amidst the hazelnut and other British native trees, including a willow that seems to be self-rooting and growing all over again!
But this bee on a poppy in a park was most engaging and active - on such a vibrant splash of colour!
Busy Bee : A bee enjoying the colours of Spring.
There are many ways
to follow a bee…this bee poem does it beautifully!
by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
Where thou art is
clime for me.
Let them sail for
through seas to seek;
I will follow thee
Let me chase thy
Keep me nearer, me
Singing over shrubs
Insect lover of the
Joy of thy
Sailor of the
Swimmer through the
waves of air;
Voyager of light and
Epicurean of June;
Wait, I prithee,
till I come
Within earshot of
All without is
When the south wind,
in May days,
With a net of
Silvers the horizon
And, with softness
Tints the human
With a color of
And, infusing subtle
Turns the sod to
Thou, in sunny
Rover of the
The green silence
With thy mellow,
Sweet to me thy
Tells of countless
Long days, and solid
banks of flowers;
Of gulfs of
sweetness without bound
Of Syrian peace,
Firmest cheer, and
Aught unsavory or
Hath my insect never
But violets and
Grass with green
flag half-mast high,
Succory to match the
Columbine with horn
Scented fern, and
All beside was
All was picture as
Wiser far than human
Seeing only what is
Sipping only what is
Thou dost mock at
fate and care,
Leave the chaff, and
take the wheat.
When the fierce
Cools sea and land
so far and fast,
Woe and want thou
Want and woe, which
Thy sleep makes
For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Follow a Bee (which resulted in a watercolour illustration), click here.
More information about identifying common UK bees can be found at Woodland Trust.
Wildlife Drawing Classes Wildlife art classes in drawing wildlife.
There is more to be gained from drawing British wildlife than
drawing and sketching alone – with wildlife art classes, there can be enjoyment in discovering about some of Britain’s favourite animals and birds in the
company of other artists and nature enthusiasts, through drawing
wildlife classes which bring together like-minded individuals in a pleasant setting.
Drawing animals and birds from life is an excellent
way to engage with the natural world around us. An
understanding of wildlife anatomy, behaviour and environment, through
observations and sketches, can help build the skills and knowledge
necessary for more detailed graphite or coloured pencil drawings of
British wildlife and birds.
Drawing class subjects include the familiar favourites such as: foxes,
squirrels, hedgehogs, mice, deer and birds, plus some of the more
elusive characters from the British countryside – badgers, otters,
wildcats, newts, hawks and…
British Wildlife Watercolours.
British wildlife, birds and flowers are carefully painted using
watercolours, based on the wildlife and botanical subjects from the
garden and local woods.
Wildlife such as small British woodland
animals (badgers, foxes, squirrels, mice, bats, deer, otters, wild
cats, stoats, weasels - even wild boar, pine martens, beavers and, one day, lynx may return to the wilds of Britain!) and UK garden birds, butterflies and bees, along with
ladybirds and dragonflies, add to the joys to be found in the garden, or just beyond, all year round.
Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints.
Everyone's favourite! A beautiful owl resting amongst the bluebells.
Watercolours can be used in a variety of wildlife paintings for
different effects based on creative preferences. For the traditional,
realistic bird and wild animal paintings, dry applications of paint
are built up slowly to create depth and form…
British Wildlife Illustrations
These whimsical watercolour illustrations are naturally a creative extension to the observations and studies required for realistic, traditional wildlife watercolours.
They also dip into to Nature's mysterious world from a
For book illustration enquiries, please contact via email in the first instance.