Plague of Locusts

Jo Dunn - Plague of Locusts 1Locusts like damp conditions to lay eggs. Heavier rain than usual has caused a boom in the locust population. The swarms are devastating crops across East Africa and the Middle East, threatening the food supplies and livelihoods of millions of people.

Jo Dunn - Plague of Locusts 2Use of pesticides is the only way of controlling the locust outbreak, but current flight restrictions due to coronavirus are impeding supplies to the region.

Jo Dunn - Plague of Locusts 3

 

 

 

Australia Burning

Australian bushfires in NSWAustralian bushfires in NSW

Australian bushfires in New South Wales. How long before it’s Wales, UK? When will business giants, fuel companies and world leaders do the right thing?

 

 

 

Spencer Place in the Rain

Jo Dunn Spencer Place in the Rain watercolour painting 2019

It’s four in the afternoon, the end of December
I’m painting this now just to make me feel better
North Leeds is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Francis Street all through the evening…

 

 

 

 

Burbo Bank, Liverpool Bay

Burbo Bank Wind Farm II, watercolour painting by Jo Dunn

Another view of the offshore wind farm project on the Burbo Flats in Liverpool Bay, at the entrance to the River Mersey. The site was extended in 2017 and there are now a total of 57 turbines.

Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, watercolour paintingBurbo Bank Wind Farm is situated in Liverpool Bay, a few kilometers from the coast. This is the view from Crosby beach – tide half in, half out.

Emley Moor Transmitters

Emley Moor Mast and Termporary Transmitter

Emley Moor Mast and Temporary Transmitters pencil drawing 2019

Repairs are currently being undertaken at Emley Moor transmitting station near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and there is a temporary mast alongside the 1971 concrete construction.

This is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK (1,084ft). Also a Grade II listed building.

The antennas broadcast digital radio and TV across the North of England – reaching Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, and even Manchester, across the Pennines.

It takes 7 minutes in the lift to get to the top – I hope to take that ride one day.

 

 

Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines, watercolour painting by Jo Dunn 2019Woke up with this in my mind’s eye a couple of weeks ago. Not surprising – turbines are on the increase!

Below is a view from East Leeds, looking West – turbines are part of the landscape, near and far. You can also see the new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) building in LS9.

View from Temple Newsam Road III, drawing by Jo Dunn 2019