Blue Tit by Julian Bhalerao

Between the Tides

John Threlfall

The estuary is an elemental landscape, a primary fusion of space, light and time; marginal lands and mantling tides in persistent flux. It is a harsh environment, yet a richly fertile one, teeming with life, sustaining thousands of birds on migratory journeys. A haven for wildlife and for man who has settled around the estuary shorelines in order to benefit from the bounty.

Between The Tides is a personal experience of Britain's estuaries captured in pencil, paint and poetry. John's bold mark making is ideally suited to capturing the dynamic, light-filled skyscapes and wide expanses of mud and marsh. More intimate studies and paintings portray the unique diversity of life and activity, whilst the informative text details the international significance of the estuarine habitat and assesses the threats it faces today and in the near future.

This is a book about colour and light, a landscape in all its moods at different times of the day and year, blue showers across the bay, the cold harsh light of winter, the intense warm glow at the end of a still, autumn day. The poetry and prose reaches for sights and sounds in another way, searching for thoughts and feelings that paint alone cannot achieve. 166 pages.

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