With T.S. Hermine a few hundred miles off the coast and a big H for high pressure in control, there must have been some interesting air currents aloft because when I looked up into the beautiful blue sky, I saw these. Pillows? UfOs? What? Every day is a Cloud Appreciation Day. This was September 6th.
A few days earlier, on September 2nd, when Hermine was down off the Carolina coast, all we had were high cirrus clouds. When all was said and done, we did not get even a drop of rain.
Grabbed a handful of Lunaria annua from the garden to sketch during breakfast. You may know this Mustard Family plant as Honesty, or The Money Plant or Silver Dollars, or The Pope's Money, or a variety of other names, but I call it Silver Moons after it's botanical name Lunaria.
Art and Oatmeal with peaches and a purple bowl. I painted the plant on the bottom during oatmeal a few days ago. Afterwards, while flipping through the journal, I thought that it looked a little too washed out for my taste. So I decided to pump up the color . Picture me dancing and gyrating about the kitchen with flailing arms to the tune of "Pump Up the Jam." On second thought, don't.
The two sketches are the same one. It's just that the one on the top was taken after I went over it with some Peerless Watercolors from New York.
A small piece of paper with the number 3 written on it was bestowed upon me for safe-keeping by the Lancaster Entomological and Butterfly Society. Within days I had 4 tiny dark-colored Imperial Moth caterpillars. Everyday I fed them and cleaned their container.
A breakfast only a naturalist can appreciate!
And, no, I did not eat the caterpillars. Just sketched them during breakfast.
They eat White Pine needles. The container had a nice piney scent.
Part of my "Possum Patty's Sketch and Release Program." These guys are almost ready to dig down into the ground to pupate and overwinter, so I put them out into our stand of White Pines. Blessings and good luck!
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center "Explore the Turtle Pond" event. Carol and I set up our nature journaling station to paint with the participants. They caught a bullfrog tadpole, several salamanders, and a green frog. All were successfully released back to the pond after they posed for their paintings. My frog looks very lumpy, doesn't he?
Have you ever noticed how their eyes sparkle? I used twinkling H2Os, a gold sparkle pen, and a white Posca pen to put a bit of a shine on this frog.
Kay bought 3 goldfish for pets and to sketch in her lovely Chinese brush style, but sadly, they all met their demise within a day. So she froze them. This is the darkest one. Directions: Sketch before thawing occurs.