Elsy Menko – Country – Flora/Fauna
Fieldfare and rowan berries
For this quilt I was graciously given permission to use one of Adri de Groot’s beautiful pictures of a fieldfare. Adri is a well known Dutch flora and fauna photographer who publishes bird diaries (vogeldagboek) on a daily basis. I have been following him for the last 15 years or so. To this picture he added the following description:
Birds can perceive colour much better than men. Just like us they recognize the three main colours green, blue and red, but they are also able to distinguish ultraviolet colours. Because of that extra pigment in the cones of the retina they are able to see if fruit is ripe or not. Ripe berries mirror uv-light and that is what birds see very well. In an area with different rowan berry bushes, some will be completely stripped while others will not be touched at all. To the human eye all berries are red, but by way of the uv rays of the layer of wax on the berries, birds know exactly which berries are ripe.
Commercial cotton fabrics, organza, fusing, free motion quilting and some hand stitching.
Photo: Adri de Groot