I still love how well acrylic seems to go on polystyrene. When I painted formby dunes, I was worried that it might do something weird, but so far so good! Here's a couple of close ups of the details:
Scottish wildcat (Felis sylvestris) is the UK’s last surviving large predator. Known as the tiger of the highlands, they are fearsome predators and were thought to be man eaters as late as the 1950s. Wildcats have managed to avoid the same fate as wolves in the UK, but there is a huge problem with domestic... Continue Reading →
The European eel is something of a puzzle. Humans have know about it, eaten it and studied it since Aristotle's time, but much confusion still remains surrounding the eel and it's mysterious sex life. For the longest time eels were thought to spontaneously generate from mud, mainly due to the fact that their younger forms... Continue Reading →
Pencil illustration of the Wood frog (Rana sylvatica) Some wood frogs have evolved to survive freezing over winter. Around 70% of their body fluid can freeze and they're perfectly fine. I wish I was a bit more freeze tolerant with the weather we've been having...
The ogre faced spider makes a net instead of a web. It's silk is not stick, but is woven in a way that the tiny fibres cause strong intermolecular forces (like a geckos foot) that ensnare prey at the slightest touch. The spider sits and waits, holding it's net, which it throws at prey when... Continue Reading →
Ringed plovers fake injury to draw predators away from their nests. The run away or sit pretending to have broken wings, holding them in wonky positions or flapping them feebly. This is called a distraction display.
Egyptian plovers also known as crocodile birds ride along on a crocodile and pick morsels from their teeth. The Crocodile allows them to safely stand inside their mouth without fear of being eaten.