A post every couple of years is pretty inadequate and I am not sure I would be racing to see what I was going to say next.
Last year I spent in Australia, as I couldn't go to Madagascar in September to work on a lemur project as I broke my wrist 3 weeks before I should have gone. I postponed this trip to this September and now I should be leaving on Saturday and of course, I am not going there on Saturday. Or anywhere. Such a disappointment as I had the bedroll, the mosquito net, the solar torch and all the shots. I could have met a rabid dog without worrying. Which is a good thing as a local dog on Riverview Road sank its teeth into my hand recently, and the it was suggested that i get a rabies. I think that I fall into a very small group of people in Avalon that have current rabies status.
What I did do this year was go to Antarctica in March. I am so lucky, I flew out to Argentina on March 1st and got back to Sydney before the hotel quarantine. I went on the most wonderful expedition boat with a group called Quark Adventures. Every single day was amazing and I saw the most beautiful landscapes with such a reduced colour palette. I stood on the continent of Antarctica and I saw penguins, whales, seals and birds. We even saw Type D orcas as we were crossing the Drake Passage. I cannot begin to describe the purity and clarity of that place, and the sense of wonder.
Since then, in lockdown I have had this wonderful experience to think about. And I have started to put some of this in to my work. Drawing the seals, who have to have the most photogenic faces, and trying to paint the formation of the pack ice. The paintings are very abstract and I am looking at the patterns and shapes that i saw.
Well, that is probably enough for this post . I am going to try and write more for this next month too.