Monday, 21 November 2011
I was wondering what I might find to draw as we closed the gate and stepped onto the shore. The light was poor as the blanket of grey clouds shielded the daylight. The days are getter darker and often we need to switch on a lamp in the afternoon. The tide was low and not due until later so we wandered along the banking with just a thin winding river. I could trace the height of the tide by the patterns in the sand. It seemed that there were only small fragments of seaweed and a few tiny shells stuck in the sand.
I could see a dark object in the grass, as I walked towards it I saw feathers scattered all around and knew what I would find. It was a dark bird, on its back with its eyes pecked out and revealing patches of pink flesh on the head. The feet were contorted and made a dramatic shape with the sharp claws. It was very much dead, perhaps shot or savaged by another animal. I am quite used to seeing dead birds, drowned sheep and other signs of death, skulls and bones seawashed and the many crabs in the estuary.
We walked on and reached the boulders. The vast expanse of sand looked slippery and sloppy with deep footprints to prove it. The boulders at sealevel are now very green and slimey, leaves were stuck to the surface and trapped between the cracks and crevices. I collected some black leaves, a few tiny shells and small pieces of seaweeds. I looked out to sea and realised how low the grey clouds felt.
I found some black feathers, my mind returned to the dead bird. I felt that was my page but knew I couldn't take it home, so we returned and photographed it and I studied it long and hard before we walked on.
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Posted by MILLY at Monday, November 21, 2011