“One becomes part of a landscape saturated by heat and one walks continually among weathered fossils of former life, the sculptural creativeness of the forces of erosion. How closely the worn away champignon and the growing water vapour of clouds resemble each other.” John Busby, writings
A haven for wildlife in the Indian Ocean, Aldabra is now under the protection of the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). In 1974 when John Busby and his friend, the zoologist Bryan Nelson, were there for 8 weeks the atoll was leased by the Royal Society in London as a scientific research station. John was able to draw and paint the birds, crabs, sea turtles and giant tortoises that abounded on the island while the scientists did their research. He wrote about his time there in his book Land Marks and Sea Wings (see also the post Aldabra then and now).
On his return John also created a series of lithographic prints, which he then coloured by hand. There are only a few of these prints left, and only one full set which we are pleased to have given to the Aldabra Clean-up Project to enable them to raise money to remove and recycle the plastic waste that washes up on Aldabra’s shores.
The giclée print of Birds on the Lagoon Shore, Aldabra is available to order here If you would like to purchase any of the other pictures, please email us. We will also donate 25% of the purchase price of pictures bought from this Aldabra gallery to the Aldabra Clean-Up Project.