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A Matter of Perspective


A new perspective each day.
Weather changes, animals adapt, environments adjust.

Perspectives in Art and Literature draw on what is seen in Nature.
As a botanical and wildlife artist and writer, being able to alter perspective on a subject easily, opens endless possibilities - from painting and drawing delicate, detailed garden flowers and local wildlife and birds close up and realistic - to looser, whimsical artwork with greater interpretation of the subject through sketching, watercolour washes and illustrations.

Similarly, writing about wildlife and nature – detailed, precise accounts seem to conflict with writing poetry and stories but it is just an alternative perspective.

Different perspectives encourage deeper understanding of the natural world through scientific, practical and creative interpretations of it.

Environment issues and wildlife concerns might appear unconcerning or devastating, depending on how they are perceived. Changing perspective on an issue can help break down assumptions and unquestioned beliefs, as with Blake’s poem which juxtaposes ideas on right and wrong by shifting perspective in search of answers. 

In this section he draws on imagery of nature.

Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.

A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misused upon the road
Calls to heaven for human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted hare
A fibre from the brain does tear.

A skylark wounded in the wing,
A cherubim does cease to sing.
The game-cock clipt and arm'd for fight
Does the rising sun affright.

Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from hell a human soul.

The wild deer, wand'ring here and there,
Keeps the human soul from care.
The lamb misus'd breeds public strife,
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.

The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won't believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever's fright.


What is seen is a matter of perspective :
Waiting or Watching?
For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Change your Perspective, click here

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