Anne Corless Art Journeys; Gjesvaertappen Nature Reserve, Norway.

On our boat trip out to Gjesvaertappen Nature Reserve in Norway, in the summer of 2015, we were accompanied by thousands of puffins.  As we were unable to land on this island, a protected bird sanctuary, we sailed around its rocky shores escorted seemingly by many of the 50,000 puffins that arrive each year, as they flapped frantically just above the choppy waters, dodging waves.  Overhead white tailed eagles soared high with an occasional low swoop. Our captain spotted so many different birds I lost track...but bravely held on to my rather damp sketchbook as I tried to sketch what I saw, hoping to make sense of it all later!  It may have been summer in the Artic Circle but I still wore as many layers of clothes as possible on this trip out to the island!