My Places, Our World

Hampstead Heath, London, England; Mandeville, Louisiana USA & Jasper, Alberta, Canada

My Places: While working on my painting and writing trilogy ‘My Places’, Hampstead Heath, London; Mandeville, Louisiana & Jasper, Alberta, I became fascinated by their geology. It was literally the bedrock of these three quite diverse areas. From the reservoirs that were built on Hampstead Heath, through the oil and gas exploration and development in coastal Louisiana to the wonderous mountains of Jasper which ultimately led to the creation of Jasper National Park. Click HERE for a brief overview of this trilogy.

The Geology of Hampstead Heath: Having worked in medical & scientific education I am interested in how to explain complex scenarios in simple terms so that everyone can understand them. The following hopefully meets this criteria! Click HERE

Paintings of Pebbles: These are the first paintings to come out of my exploration of all things geological! Click HERE

The Restoration of Branch Hill Pond: I was asked by Di Clements and the Redington Frognal Association to help put together a series of posters for an exhibition to explain the plans to reinstate the pond that John Constable often painted from the top of Hampstead Heath. The exhibition took place in Burgh House, Hampstead in 2022. Click HERE

The Highgate Ponds, Hampstead Heath, London, England

51° 33′ 37″N, 0° 9′ 39″W

I have lived near Hampstead Heath all my life. It is a beautiful, ancient heathland, just under four miles from central London.

Running along it’s eastern side close to where I live, there is a chain of six ponds: the Highgate Ponds. They were originally built as reservoirs in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to provide water for London. They are fed by the springs that arise on the Heath and which eventually flow into the River Fleet. They are made up of two swimming ponds, the Stock pond, the Model Boating pond, the Bird Sanctuary pond, and Highgate No.1 pond.

Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada

58° 47′ 10″ N, 93° 41′ 3″ W

I have wanted to travel to the Canadian tundra for a long time. My daughter Tor who has lived in Canada since 2009 had visited her friends who work there and felt that the landscape and ecology would inspire me. I finally made the trip in November 2016.

Churchill, called Kuugjuaq in Inuit, is a small town of around 850 residents situated on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. It famous for it’s large population of polar bears who after months of fasting inland, migrate to the bay to feed on marine mammals such as ringed and bearded seals and beluga whales when the sea ice arrives. The town has the nickname Polar Bear Capital of the World.

The Gulf Coast, Louisiana to Florida, USA

30° 22′ 31″ N, 90° 4′ 37″ W  to  27° 41′ 44″ N, 82° 44′ 12″ W

Coastal Louisiana is made of many inlets, bays, and lagoons. The coast is intersected by numerous rivers, the largest of which is the Mississippi River. Much of the land along the Gulf Coast is, or was, marshland. Ringing the Gulf Coast is the Gulf Coastal Plain which reaches from Southern Texas to the western Florida Panhandle while the western portions of the Gulf Coast are made up of many barrier islands and peninsulas. These landforms protect numerous bays and inlets providing as a barrier to oncoming waves. The central part of the Gulf Coast, from eastern Texas through Louisiana, consists primarily of marshland.

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

52° 52′ 25″ N, 118° 4′ 52″ W

Jasper is located in the Athabasca River valley, at the confluence with Miette River. It lies between the Victoria Cross Ranges (northwest), Pyramid Mountain (north), Maligne Range(southeast) and Indian Ridge (southwest).

My Home Town, London, England

51° 30′ 26″N, 0° 7′ 39″ W

London has to be one of the world’s greenest cities, there is  more than 40 percent green space or open water.

2000 species of flowering plant, 120 species of fish found in the Thames, 60 species of bird nest in central London, 47 species of butterfly, 1173 moths and 270 kinds of spider have been recorded in it!

It has 38 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), two National Nature Reserves, 76 Local Nature Reserves, large wetland areas supporting nationally important populations of water birds and of course my beloved Hampstead Heath!

South Devon, England

50° 27′ 20.0304” N, 3° 44′ 38.6412” W

I will be writing about South Devon in the near future – it is one of those special places in my life!