The main figure in the drawing is based on a picture I took at the Gion Matsuri in #Kyoto some years ago. It is a dancer performing the old Japanese court dance "Ran-Ryo-O".
I used Derwent Inktense and Conté Aquaralle pencils as well as watercolour paint (various brands). The paper is Arches 56cmx76cm 300g/m2 rough watercolour paper.
From that high point spring many small streams. One of them, called the Zwalm, has cut its own little valley in the plateau. Its waters were powerful enough to support many watermills along its rapid course towards the Schelde.
Today, none of them are still in operation. A few are still intact, including the machinery. Some are ruins -- I remember watching a kingfisher at work in the mill pool of one of them. But many of them have been converted into taverns that serve delicious pancakes.
I grew up in one of the many close-packed villages along the river Schelde, between the medieval cities of Gent and Oudenaarde.
Because of Jacques Brel's famours song "Le plat pays", Flanders has the reputation of being flat, but that is only true for the region between the Noordzee and the Schelde.
Upstream of Gent, the river skirts a plateau which rises to about a hundred metres above sea level.
To-day's walk was up the hill behind the house, along the ridge, and then back home via the river.
Not much sign of spring, yet, but I get the feeling things will be sprouting soon. I did see lots of Fox Moth caterpillars, a first for this year. For some reason I spooked some Sika deer on the other side of the river. They ran off, and hid in the trees.
The green algae was one of the few things producing some vivid colour.
There are many obvious ones, but for me this one is definitely in that category:
GO!GO!7188 -"Punk" (パンク)
Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud
Fleurs du mal / Flowers of Evil
A Sapphire Flutterer (Rhyothemis triangularis) spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 4 April 2020. My first photos of it. 🙂 This was at the pond near the entrance, which was buzzing with dragonflies today.
The Sapphire Flutterer is an uncommon local dragonfly with distinctive purplish blue patches on its wings. I knew what it was the moment I saw it.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41349200 ].
λ🐫, -Ofun, compiler writer, FPGA researcher, Computing Scientist at Glasgow University.
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