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Art of the Sea

Tonight on BBC4 we have another chance to watch Art of the Sea at 20:00.  In this episode the poet Owen Sheers looks at the work of writers inspired by the sea including Joseph Conrad, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Robert Louis Stevenson and … Continue reading

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Reflections on Wet Sand

My inlaws take an evening constitutional on the beach near their home in Nambucca Heads. With Turner’s painting ‘Reflections on Wet Sand’ in mind I went along hoping to capture the sunset and figures reflected on the beach.  I didn’t manage a masterpiece, … Continue reading

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Eel Wrestling at Nambucca Heads

  “Don’t go into the water today, it’ll be like wrestling eels”, warned my mother inlaw after inspecting the beach on her morning walk. High tide and rough seas had brought in huge quantities of seaweed which was still writhing in the … Continue reading

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Climate Change in your Backyard?

A glance at the news and weather from around the world over the holidays shows many examples of extreme conditions – early snow in the Northern hemisphere, the coldest December since records began in the UK, heavy rains causing summer … Continue reading

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White Ice and Black Ice, by Anya Gallaccio (born 1963)

Black Ice                          The screenprint and etching by Anya Gallaccio were inspired by blocks of melting ice. The contrast between the pure, sparkly white ice and the sooty black ice remind … Continue reading

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Ice River, by William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900)

John Ruskin had a great passion for the ‘doom and gloom’ of mountain scenery. Stott’s moody river of ice carving through the dark slopes of Jungfrau was undoubtedly influenced by Ruskin’s encouragement for artists of the time to visit Switzerland.

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Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France, by John Ruskin

Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so … Continue reading

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