Making Waves" so contrariwise I'm about to go on holiday nowhere near the sea.
The ship with full sails speeding through the waves is the Sigyn built in Göteborg (1887) and one of the last sailing barques built for worldwide trade before steam took over (Wikipedia ship history here) Considered fast and beautiful the Sigyn is now a museum ship moored in Turku on the south west coast of Finland.
The artist is Håkan Sjöström,, born in 1937 many years after this ship first set sail but he would have lots of opportunities to study the Sigyn as he worked at a shipyard in Turku until his retirement and is considered the foremost marine painter in Scandinavia. He has painted ships from many eras and also produced paintings for Åland Post's six year series on passenger ferries which concluded earlier this year. Appropriately one of the last stamps included a ship built by a Turku shipbuilder, the STX-shipyard (FDC here). Not as romantic as a sailing ship but to arrive by sea is always a wonderful way to arrive in a place or country.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Hirtshals on the Jutland peninsula. Curious to know where it is at the moment? Looking on the Marine Traffic site it seems to be slap bang in the middle of the North Sea in-between North East England and Denmark.
ICES requests countries to reduce or stop fish catches for certain species based on its research and statistics, whether they do so is another matter. Spain issued a "Marine Species in Danger of Extinction" in 2013 featuring species on the edge
Top right - Bluefin Tuna, native to the Atlantic and Mediterranean and whose numbers have been decimated by overfishing
Bottom left - Monk Seal, lives in the Mediterranean and at great risk of extinction. The world would be a poorer place without the chance of seeing a seal.
Bottom right - Sea Lamprey - an anadromous species like the salmon which spawns in rivers and migrates to the sea. It did freak me out as a child when I saw a picture of its suction cup mouth and the result of it attaching to skin and rasping away at tissue with its sharp tongue and teeth. I have since seen one in reality coiling out of a rock but happily there was a sheet of glass between us and it looked rather languid.
I will finish with the more curious sea creatures on Albania's 1968 Marine Fauna series
the Squid, Lobster and Northern Whelk
Spiny Lobster and Green Crab
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Undersea Life here
Sunday, 3 August 2014
|1969 Paintings in the National Gallery, Budapest ('"Black Pigs")|
|Nine Horse Fresco Hill|
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Faraway Places
Sunday, 20 July 2014
|2002: Birth Centenary Albert Namatjira|
Someone else who was always travelling (but in Europe) and painted landscape watercolours was Edward Lear but he is probably better know for his illustrations and verse
|1988: Death Centenary of Edward Lear|
Sunday, 13 July 2014
"The crystal glacier extreme from the peak all the way to the forest area an altitude of 2700 metres which forms the most spectacular low latitude monsoonal oceanic glacier in the world. A streak of scarlet light pierced the dark clouds, revealing over 50 steep snowcapped summits, shining, dazzling and thrusting into the clouds like golden swords"
|2004: "Frontier Scenes of China"|
12.1 - Forest of Xing'an Mountain
12.2 - Lake in the Yalu River Basin
12.3 - Reefs in the Yellow Sea
12.4 - Zhoushan Archipelago
12.5 - The coastline of Taiwan
12.6 - Xisha Islands
12.7 - Karst Landscape in Southern Yunnan
12.8 - Rain Forest in Southern Yunnan
12.9 - Mount Qomolangma
12.10 - The Pamirs
12.11 - The Badain Jaran Desert
12.12 - Hulun Buir Steppe
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - "Beautiful Landscapes" here
Friday, 11 July 2014
A short Q and A with Alain Guillard and directions to the Eco-museum of old trades and occupations here