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Dandelion Botanical illustration - Taraxacum officionale

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W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - NOT FOR SALE - 8" x 12"
Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion (often simply called “dandelion”), is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae.

It can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. T. officinale is considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation. Common dandelion is well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits that disperse in the wind called “blowballs” or “clocks” (in both British and American English).

During summer, when the Dandelions are in full flower, I mostly halt mowing the lawn, enjoying the spectacle of yellow flowers and then the beautiful blow-balls. And, like a child, I often pick them and blow them into the wind, revelling in the lit…

Gum leaves - Botanical illustration

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W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm - NOT FOR SALE - 8" x 12"
Bluegum leaves (Eucalyptus)
Dedicated to all Eucalypt and Bee-lovers!

A recent study by the SA National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) in South Africa has found that gum trees provide nectar and pollen for swarms of commercial bees – and bees in turn pollinate about 50 food crops in the country. This “service” bees provide is worth about R10.3 billion a year.

Gum trees are not only important food for bees, but so are many roadside wildflowers, crops, suburban flowering plants and those that many regard as weeds. A major reason for the decline of honey bees around the world is a lack of good forage plants to provide nectar, which is the carbohydrate in the bees’ diet, and pollen the protein. Bees collect nectar from Blue Gum tree blossoms from spring to late summer.

A lack of good quality and variety of forage plants can lead to unhealthy honey bee colonies that are more vulnerable to pests and disea…

The beauties of Nature

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Tasmanian bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus) - Acrylic on Art board canvas - unframed - 8" x 10*
This large, straight-trunked tree grows to about 70m tall in open forests in south-eastern Tasmania, on Bass Strait islands and in parts of southern Victoria. Its common name comes from the waxy blue-green colour of its juvenile leaves. The plant’s cream-coloured flowers are a good source of nectar for bees and the resultant honey is dense and strongly flavoured. Here in South Africa, this bluegum is widely planted as forage for our honey bee populations.

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Early-morning Bluegums

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Acrylic on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed 12" x 8"
The first light of day sweeps across some bluegums (Eucalyptus trees) in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.
Bluegums play in important part in South Africa's economy as they provide forage for our threatened honey bee population. 
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Evening Bluegums

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W&N watercolour on Arches 300gsm 8" x 12" unframed
Dedicated to all those who love early-evenings.

As the last of the sun’s rays filter through the Bluegum bush on our property, the forest floor turns into a play of light and shadow. I feel at peace here in nature…

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PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa 

Magaliesberg cliffs

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Acrylic painting on un-stretched canvas sheet -- 12" x 9" unframed
A view of the Magaliesberg cliffs (NorthWest Province, South Africa), one of the few places where the White-backed Vulture still roams freely.

The Magaliesberg are among the oldest mountains in the world, almost 100 times older than Everest. They stretch for 120km from Bronkhorstspruit Dam east of Pretoria to Rustenburg in the west and separate the highveld grasslands to the south from the bushveld savannah in the north.

Sheer quartzite cliffs face south, overlooking a wide valley and a smaller ridge similar in shape and structure to the Magaliesberg.

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The voice of the sea

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Acrylic painting on Giverny 240gsm acrylic multi-medium paper – 12″ × 8″ unframed
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
- Kate Chopin, ‘The Awakening’

Some of our most stunning beaches and wild seas are to be found in Ballito, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Unlike the beaches further North, the Dolphin Coast has the most wonderful rocks and boulders on the beaches, extending into the sea for some distance during low tide. Whenever I visit the area, I can spend hours on the rocks, just watching the motion of the sea.

To me it speaks of the mysteries of its depths, the countless lives that have been lost traversing its great expanse, lost treasure and the rich diversity of its animal life, sometimes evident in shells and strange bits and pieces washing ashore. What an awesome piece of our planet!

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