The sculptures of the four bronze lions in Trafalgar Square in London are very memorable. If you have never been there, I am sure you recognize them from photos of London. They are called "Landseer's lions" because they were designed and made by Sir Edwin Landseer, a painter and sculptor from the Victorian era. Until Feb. 3, you may see one of his most famous paintings, "The Monarch of the Glen" at the National Gallery in London. (Also in Trafalgar Square.) And please tell me if you get to see it, I won't be able to do so but I'd love to know that I told someone else to view it. (This is the first time the painting has been at the National Gallery since 1851, so a pretty special thing to see, if you ask me.)
Interesting to me, Sir Edwin Lanseer had only seen lions at the London Zoo, and he based the sculptural design upon the drawings that he made from his observations of them. I like his paintings very much. You may see more of them just here. Do you have a favorite? I keep going back to the one of the falcon. After all, I have observed birds myself for many years and I know for a fact how perfectly he has painted those feathers...
(He is very famous for his paintings of dogs, there is a breed of a Newfoundland dog which is called the Landseer Newfoundland.)
The gingko tree at the monastery here in Conyers just lost its beautiful yellow leaves recently and Richard took some photos, of course! Can you see the face of the lion in the photo above? I saw it right away, it is only just the face, almost a smiling face, just in the middle...do you see it? There, I hope that makes you smile!
Does anyone remember me writing about our friends, Joy & Henry in England? Henry fell and broke his hip recently, so I hope that you will leave your get well wishes here for him! Henry, I was going to tell a funny story here to cheer you up but how about I show you some photos of our leaves instead?
At the Monastery, the monks have the great, good sense not to blow or rake these away...they let them fall where they may. Lovely to see and to walk through.
The monks also sell bonsai trees at the monastery and they are showing their true colors also!
These last two photos were taken this week, on Dec. 3rd!
There, Henry, does the light shining upon these leaves cheer you up? I hope so! Just know that we are thinking about you and wishing you the best.
To all my blogging friends, I have not been very well and not able to visit many blogs but I hope I am getting better now. Hope you are all doing well! Take care.