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In the Studio

April 10th, 2011

I started to skech for my new painting that will feature Lövstads slott in the early spring. Löstads slott was at some time in history home for Count Axel von Fersen. Axel von Fersen was a famous historical figure not only for his political activity in Sweden but also because of his relationship with The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette.:

In the Studio

May 4rth, 2011

I sketched some European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) and european magpies (Pica pica) in front of the Löfstad's manor house (Löfstads slot). Apparently, the symbiosis between deer and magpies is a well known phenomenon. However, I discovered it accidently purely by observation, when seeing roe deer together with magpies frequently visiting our garden. It was easy to see the routine: magpies having a snack while deer are having a bath - a win-win relationship. Although, it kept me wondering, if ectoparasites e.g. ticks or various flies that are found on deer are frequent constituents in the magpies' diet or only a gourmet delicacy. After all, magpies seem to not like my offerings such as sunflower seeds or rye as judging by their seldom visits to my bird feeders…Whatever the case is seems to be one of the examples of reciprocity in wildlife.