From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

photo of dew on cobweb by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of dew on cobweb

I always thought that when you hear a seagull squall, it’s a sign that it’s going to rain but no, apparently some seagulls just like to squall all day long. We have a young one sitting on our roof these days and we hear its plaintiff voice from morning till night.

That’s nature for you.

We also have some starlings, some robins and a wren. We even have the occasional visit from a fox. And to quote Vincent Van Gogh: “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere… Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.”  Of course, that’s not true for all painters but for me, nature is definitely a great source of inspiration.

But not bugs. I have to admit that bugs are not my speciality. I know that there is a growing interest in the minutiae of nature, a growing awareness of the importance of bees and such but – spare me from those insects of the order Araneae.

a painting by Anne Marie Farrell
a painting by Anne Marie Farrell

Not that they scare me, mind. I can’t tell you how many bad-tempered bluebottles I’ve ushered out of the kitchen over the years, or how many eight legged arthropodic intruders I’ve mercilessly swept away…

But I was not prepared for the “creature” that we encountered here last week…  Words fail me.

This post was inspired by the image above, by Anne Marie Farrell, from an exhibition organised by Hilde Creagh at Stewart’s Hospital some time ago.  Click here to see more of the artworks by Hilde’s students   Such fun.


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