Watrecolour in progress. As you can see I am making use of a wonderful colour pigment here, Quinacridone gold. Winsor and newton artists’ watercolour, as you can tell it is like a yellow ochre/ burnt sienna mix but with a bit of gold, perfect for this little chaps fur!
The golden snub-nosed monkey is endangered due to habitat loss. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. These monkeys live in highly seasonal forests in Hubei, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Sichuan. The monkeys experience severe winters with snow cover for up to 4 months of the year. They endure the lowest average temperature of any non-human primate in the world. That lovely golden fur is nice and thick, so keeps them warm. To fight against heat loss at night they sleep in sleeping clusters in the low canopy of the trees.
This primate is found in a number of protected areas, including Baihe Nature Reserve, Foping Nature Reserve, Shennongjia Nature Reserve and Wanglang Nature Reserve. The golden snub-nosed monkey is also listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meaning that international trade in this species is prohibited.
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One of the most recognisable songbirds in the garden is the plucky Robin. Being a member of the thrush family, it’s not only cousin to the song thrush and blackbird, but also to the nightingale, so it’s no surprise that the robin has a beautiful voice as well.
The earliest depictions of the use of the heart symbol is believed to derive from the ancient culture of Cyrene, a North African city which was founded by the Greeks in 631 BC, and then later ruled by the Romans.
There’s a lot of ancient mythical beasts which seem pretty isolated, unique to a country’s culture, or even to a specific region. Others, like mermaids, dragons, and giants, are intercultural, being known by many. The Phoenix is one of these mythical superstars, and was known by the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, and even by the Chinese.