Friday, March 4, 2011

Looking for Spring! Op Zoek Naar de Lente!

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all photos copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Early Spring in Brediuspark - Woerden, Netherlands
~ March 2011 ~
  • right top: Peacock in the Brediuspark Children's Petting Farm
  • right middle: Me drawing gnarly, bald trees in Brediuspark
  • right bottom: Pig in the Breduispark Children's Petting Farm - he's smiling!
  • left: Snowdrops & Crocuses in Brediuspark
We took a small break this week to go to Brediuspark in Woerden, a town not too far from us (about 15mins. by car), to see if we could find any signs of spring. And we did! Snowdrops were just about everywhere, with the odd bunch of purple crocuses popping up in between them. The park has a small, but sweet, petting farm with some very pretty chickens and other birds there. Of the usual farm mammals, only the pigs were out and about right now, as it's still a bit too cold for the little goats - but the birds, ducks and the chickens were busy getting bread from the children who were visiting.

The trees in the park were still all rather bare and I'm not sure what the really gnarly ones were, though I think they might be some sort of fruit trees - maybe cherries or apples?

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Brediuspark, Woerden - March, 2011
5"h x 7"w spread - Moleskine sketchook, Pigma Micron pen, Derwent Graphitints

I loved the twisted shapes of the trees so I stopped along the walking path to draw one in particular,  with a view of the field beyond and the irrigation canal in between, (pic of me in the mosaic above, though you can hardly see what I'm doing...). Yes, and that's my lousy attempt at drawing the two geese who were preening their feathers near the tree that I was focussing on. I need more practice sketching animals, of any kind!

So, it's beginning to look more like spring in Holland. The days are still on the cold side and overnight  lows are freezing still, but the sun and the crocus are out, finally!! :o)

tot ziens,
Judy
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1 comment:

Threadspider said...

Isn't it a joy to see the sun and the crocuses and the snowdrops? It looks like you had a great day out.
I really like the sketch of the trees and the geese. If they are fruit trees, they will be glorious when the blossom opens.

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