I am always fascinated by the sight of a flock of birds flying at high altitude, especially if they adopt a V-shaped formation and display a sense of determination and knowledge of where they are going.
The pictures below do not quite fulfil all of these criteria but they do record a captivating experience. I was sitting by the shore at Agadir, Morocco, and for about two hours flight after flight of birds, often in fairly loose formation, flew from west to east along the coast. I have no idea what they were, where they had come from nor where they were going. I just know that I was witnessing a sizable if somewhat untidy migration
It’s all about textures and the variations within even a small area of tree bark:
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This morning’s visitors included a pied wagtail, who bobbed along happily at the edge of the sheep field;
a green woodpecker who came in search of ants;
and a female blackbird who popped in for a quick shower!!
A quiet corner in Mojacar, Spain.
I often feel that black and white offers the best way for me to express what I feel about reeds and grasses. It is a medium that conveys a crispness of shape, a hint of rhythmic movement and, through the careful use of tones, the opportunity to highlight or subdue elements within the composition. Often, as in this picture, there seems to be an overlap between photography, etching and wood engraving.