What an Atlas, a New Flora

“this Flora of Cornwall is the most comprehensive so far. A 550-page, full colour, hardback book (slightly larger than A4), it is based on a survey of every kilometre square since 1999 and covers 3050 taxa and includes over 1200 distribution maps and more than 1500 photographs. It is based on 2.25 million flowering plant and fern computerised records. Sections include the effects of climate, geology, soils, topography, mining, quarrying and agriculture. There is also information on vegetation history, key habitats, botanicalRead more

Why a digital journal

Ecogeographer’s digital journal helps to develop ideas and think about themes. It also talks about current projects.  This image shows an info graphic that many of us developed. It was part of the project Coral Communities. It talks about the importance of plants and place. A recurring theme that is emerging in Ecogeographer’s co-creations. In June of this year Ecogeographer’s going to Mauritius with Caroline Hattam of Plymouth Marine Laboratory to re-meet Reef Conservation and two communities it worked withRead more

Summer. Autumn. Embodiment.

Yesterday Dominica Williamson of Ecogeographer photographed Autumn. Today she is reflecting on Summer. It’s been bitter sweet. Aug 1st was held without her dad. He died hours before Valentine’s Day this year. He had a summery beard, yellow and ginger streaks – excellent grey as he grew old. His death has continued to make her think about decomposing, forests, the unseen. Things she was in part thinking about already. Perhaps her sick sense knew what was coming. ‘This Summer sunshineRead more

Colchicum Autumnale

This time last year I was working on the below illustration for a cancer theme and in memory of my granny Whisker. Colchicum autumnale finished section by Dominica Williamson This year I am in the midst of creating my first very own studio and so painting is on hold. However, I’ve just finished a glass commission and about to take on another. I can work without a studio at present because I am working with people who cut glass connectedRead more

Catmint’s glandular hairs

A peltate glandular trichome A forest of glandular and non-glandular hairs (trichomes) cover the catmint leaves that I am painting. I am painting the glandular hairs in detail for the Eden Project Florilegium archive so that in the future the work can be used to educate children about why cats love this plant and why it is of ethnobotanical importance to humans. The hair that is important to cats and humans is the peltate glandular trichome – the small mushroomRead more

White, Goose, Storm (observing)

Pete Postlethwaite is sending an arrow through my heart. Romeo and Juliet, The Age of Stupid and Brassed off, in that order, keep running round my head. Not the New Year I had expected. To me it feels a slow year to get started. It’s been a cold white winter with some snow and an ever present frost that’s been drilling down to my herbs. My New Year plan was to set in some kind of ‘freeze’, my own personalRead more

Yellow, Sun, Winter (painting)

It’s winter. I am currently painting in a land that is winter yellow; Cornwall. It is surrounded by harsh explosive yellow gorse, then shades of yellow daffodils, prissy pale primroses, followed by powdery yellow willow. I’m finishing a willow dissection, which harbours a gorgeous squat yellowy glistening nectary. But first showing here is European Gorse dissected. The Gorse gave me beautiful objects to paint. I know Derek Jarman would appreciate them, especially the above detail. The mechanical hinge of theRead more

In my herb garden this year: Part two

Carry on imagining the ellipse walked in part one, you got half way round, the chamomile bench was your rest point… you landed on the south side of the curve… Leading from the Chamomile bench: dry sunny bed Thymus Magic Carpet Magic Carpet Thyme, French Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus, Lemon Grass Cymbopogon citratus, Hyssop (white flowered) Hyssopus officinalis, Betony (white flowered) Stachys officinalis, Tree Spinach Chenopodium giganteum, Chicory Cichorium intybus, Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum, Red Chicory Cichorium intybus, Lavender Kew RedRead more