A Peregrine in the stormy skies

A Peregrine in the stormy skies

A Painting : Acrylic on Canvas 28″ x 34 ”

Once during an expedition in the Arctic we got stuck in a polar storm. High winds and rough seas ensured that we could not venture out into the sea. We anchored our Trimaran in a small creek and patiently waited for the storm to blow over. For five days the cold wind blew steadily from the north, bringing with it a fine drizzle and some sudden squalls of rain. We spent the days, for there were no nights , sitting in the Trimaran watching Russian movies on Andrei’s laptop.
There were some lulls in the storm and we used these to explore the surrounding countryside. Once when it stopped raining Vladimir and I went out on a trek. We found ourselves in a secluded valley surrounded by small ravines.
As we approached the Valley we flushed a Peregrine falcon. It had been sitting on a freshly killed Pomarine Skua. The Peregrine was agitated and it kept circling us even when we walked away from it’s kill. We looked around carefully, and sure enough we spotted a nest with three young Peregrines. The Parent kept circling above us, moving effortlessly in the stormy sky. After taking a few notes we left the Valley to the Peregrine family and made our way back to the Trimaran.
This painting is an attempt to capture that meeting.

 


A Peregrine in the stormy skies

A Painting : Acrylic on Canvas 28″ x 34 “

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