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The Storyboard for my Ouseburn animation.

This is the pencil version of the storyboard, together with my notes, that sums up what do I want to show in my animation, what colour do I want to appear etc. 

My idea for this project is to show that nature and humans can coexist even thought it takes time for both sides to get used to it. In the beginning of my animation I want the landscape to appear in the colours indicating that it is the past. I have been thinking about brownish colours and dark yellow, similar to those you can see on the old photos. 



On the landscape the bridge starts to build. This indicates the appearing of human in the area of nature. The camera focuses on the sun. It zooms in showing the more and more sun until the whole screen is yellow/orange. Then the camera zooms out and the yellow colour of sun now is the colour of the seagull’s peak. I decided to use seagull in this animation because there is a lot of them in the Newcastle and around Ouseburn. The seagull tries to live normally, it means it starts to fly but it hits the bridge wall. This scene is suppose to show that animals do struggle with the appearance of human things and they are not used to them. However, when the bird slides down on the grass, there is a brick with a cocoon inside. When I visited the Ouseburn area I saw the brick lying in the middle of the grass. This view somehow inspire me to make this animation, and I also included the brick in the whole project. In the brick there is a cocoon that starts to break and the Holly Blue Butterfly comes out if it. The Holly Blue Butterfly is very common in the Ouseburn and in the whole North East. I unfortunately haven’t seen it because those butterflies appear during spring and summer but I hope I will have the opportunity to see this creature one day. The Butterfly flies away and seagull follows it. Then the camera zooms out showing the bird flying away, above the bridges. This is also the moment when the whole landscape appear in more vibrant and bright colour. This indicates the present days. So the whole animation shows that it takes time for the nature and human to find the compromise and coexist but it is possible. During the next days I am going to improve the storyboard (make it colourful and add annotations) and also will start the process of animating the whole thing.

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@spidermilkshake submitted: A beautiful late-in-the-year friend I met outside a dentist’s office on their flower displays. SW Virginia, so it hasn’t been too brutally cold yet, but I was still surprised to see this pretty guy out and still pollinating. I’d love an ID if you can give it!

A beautiful friend indeed! I sure can ID this pal, it’s a painted lady. I raised them once…hope they lived nice butterfly lives………..also hope that for this one 🖤

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The Giant Swallowtail 
I’m posting a correction which @celestialphotography graciously pointed out to me! In the picture I originally posted, I incorrectly identified the butterfly as a giant swallowtail when in fact it was some kind of tiger swallowtail. This image is the correct butterfly! I am just an undergrad and by no means an expert, so I appreciate any and all feedback on my posts, especially if I make a mistake. :) 

This butterfly is the giant swallowtail, otherwise known as Papilio cresphontes. The giant swallowtail has black wings with a yellow bar across the forewing, and the underwings are mostly yellow with black accents.  The red and blue patches on the ventral (or bottom side) of the wing help distinguish these beautiful butterflies from Schaus’s swallowtail, which look very similar. As the largest butterfly in North America, the giant swallowtail certainly lives up to its name! Females can grow up to 6.9 inches and males can grow up to 7.4 inches. That’s at least as big as your hand! It can also be found in parts of Mexico, Cuba, and Jamaica. 

Image Source: D. Gordon, E. Robertson. Shirley’s Bay, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 19 June 2014.

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