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Tiger © 2013 Monique Hendricks
Tiger © 2013 Monique Hendricks
Puffin © 2013 Monique Hendricks

Puffin © 2013 Monique Hendricks

Mont-St-Michel © 2013 Monique Hendricks

Mont-St-Michel © 2013 Monique Hendricks

I painted the tiger for my son after he told me he wanted the panda painting (see February 19th post) for his apartment. Since I wasn’t giving away paintings at the time–besides, I had become quite fond of the panda myself–I offered him the tiger. His response? It’s ok, but it’s no panda.

When I lived in Iceland, several decades ago, leisure activities centered around nature: for example, driving through the lava-covered lunar landscape to see geysers, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers. A walk on the windswept beach–wearing the obligatory boots and parka–to collect seashells was another form of relaxation, not to mention entertainment when the show was put on by frolicking seals, waddling penguins or funny-looking puffins.

Mont-St-Michel, a rocky mount dominated by a fortified abbey in the Baie du Mont-St-Michel in Normandy, is an amazing sight. This medieval marvel sits on a tiny island surrounded by large sand banks that shift with the tide. Tourists from all over the world flock to this unique site, which looks especially captivating at sunset.

 

 

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