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My mind is drawn to all things avian at present as I research feathers as part of my work for the new sculpture Obsession.  The photograph below I took today whilst walking my dog by our local canal in Ulverston, Cumbria.   The dark water imposing a strange aura almost illuminating the delicate feather.feather-in-canal

My research includes studying the structure of feathers. This apparently simple object is extraordinary in its complexity and therefore worthy of sharing with you. The wonder of the web provides the following illustrations that explain better than words the intricacies of the anatomy of feathers.

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