It’s that time of the year again. With the approach of warmer weather, ducks begin apearing around the neighbourhood—scuffling about in gardens, looking for nesting sites; surveilling the terrain from chimneys; landing in stormwater drains and swimming pools. It’s one of the things I love about spring.
Here are a few of my favourite duckscapes (although they are from a bit further afield than my neighbourhood)…
A few favourite skyscapes of recent months…
National Art Library, V&A Museum (London)
George Orwell and Dylan Thomas drank there… (London)
On top of the world… (Lerwick, Shetland)
The lovely Jeena McNab, McNab’s Kippers (Lerwick, Shetland)
and Jeena’s mother, former herring girl Rita McNab
The youngest reader I’ve ever signed a book for… (Shetland Library, Lerwick)
and the first ladder I’ve ever signed (Edinburgh Book Shop)
You can find a story anywhere… (Lower Slaughter)
The Madhatter Bookshop (Burford)
Bath Records Office
Toppings & Co., Bath
The closest I get to a selfie… (Brighton)
When you look up, there might be wings… (Tours, France)
or a wingless horse… (Tours)
or lions… (Pont-Aven)
Unforgettable… (Chateau Chenonceaux, Loire Valley)
Forest art, looking down… (Concarneau)
Don’t forget to read the plaques… (Quai Voltaire, Paris)
and listen to what the birds tell you… (Paris)
And always, always remember to visit the books… (Paris)
Another way of looking up…
Lerwick, Shetland Islands
On the way to Noss, Shetland Islands
Sunrise, 6am today, suburban Perth… It would be impossible not to look up!
Three minutes later…
I was asked last week what’s happened to my photo-reminders to look up and look down. Here’s the answer:
I’m spending most of my time in the State Library of Western Australia, immersed in research, and—you guessed it—forgetting to look anywhere else! So thanks for reminding me.
It won’t be long before my morning walks are set against the backdrop of beautiful autumn sunrises, so you can expect to see some of those soon.
In the meantime, here’s a favourite skyscape from my archives.
We can all use a reminder to look rather than just see.
to look down, and choose…
to look up, and begin…
to look down, where the feathers fall…
to look up and read the skylines…