Large (Clark Art Museum)

This exceedingly tiny work (the paper it’s painted on is only two-and-a-half by three-and-a-half inches) is Edward Dayes’ Oatlands, Surrey, painted around 1790 to 1800.

The little Gothic Revival Oatlands House stands just visible in the distance, but most of the focus rests on the meandering stream and bucolic livestock that surround it.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

  • taken at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center near Savannah, Georgia.
  • status: least concern

I didn’t really take any animal photos at the Wildlife Center on this trip that I liked but fortunately one of the foxes was in a great spot for photographs! And curled up in the most adorable way!

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  July 28th, 1540- King Henry VIII marries Katherine Howard

On the 28th, the same day that Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell was executed, Henry VIII married his “rose without a thorn”, young Katherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. 

The historian Agnes Strickland writes of how “the king had exhausted his treasury when he married his Flemish bride [Anne of Cleves], so he could not honour Katharine Howard with either a coronation or a marriage festival.“