This photo of bluebells in the spring was snapped a few years ago in West Woods near Marlborough in Wiltshire. My husband and I love to visit this patch of woodland first thing in the morning to catch the dawn chorus and any stragglers who haven’t quite made it back to their beds; one year it was a fox, another time a herd of deer thundered down a path then vanished into the trees.
I liked this particular photo so much that I had it enlarged and printed on a canvas that now hangs in the guest bedroom, inviting visitors to imagine their own walk in the woods. The picture also came *this* close to being used as the website background for miss-elaineous.com, and its colours—the muted greens of the woods, the purples and blues of the flowers—remain in the MissElaineous logo.
Although it missed a claim to fame via the website, it was the first photo I turned to when I started designing the “Magnificent Mammals” collection. Despite the controversy surrounding these animals, I knew I wanted to include a badger. We have a sett nearby and they regularly visit our back garden to clear up apple cores and any other fruit that’s gone off, so I am rather fond of these opportunistic omnivores.
Through a fortunate stroke of serendipity, one of the knotholes looked exactly like an eye, and this encouraged me to look at all of the photos I planned to use in a new light. Stay tuned for information about all of the animals designs over the next few weeks.