Thursday, April 18, 2019

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day #15 Fiddleheads

Can't wait to see what kind of ferns these will be! 

So far I have found a wood fern, perhaps Dryopteris marginalis, though there may be two different Dryopteris near by, Sensitive Fern, Onoclea sensibilis, and the Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides.

Dryopteris marginalis

Onoclea sensibilis

Polystichum acrostichoides

Ink and watercolor in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. 

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day #14 Rock Tuft Moss #BimblingAboutTheBryophytes

I noticed the rocks had spiky green tufts. They turned out to be Rock Tuft Moss, a Ulota species, perhaps Ulota hutchinsiae. 

The guide describes them as "dry pincushion-like tufts" on rocks.

Up close I could see that the leaves were held close to the stems because they were in a dry state. There were two kinds of capsules. The older ones with no calyptras or lids showed their teeth or peristomes in a reflexed position. The new sporophytes had punk-style spiky hairy hoods.

Ink and watercolor in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day #13 Train Track Moss

Thelia hirtella, commonly called Train Track moss, on a tree in the nearby woods. It's easy to see how this moss got its common name. I like this moss because it is easy to distinguish from the others growing on the tree trunk.

Close-up with Zoomy.

Thelia hirtella on tree trunk in April. 

What's a Zoomy?

April is Poetry Month: A Bryophyte Bimble

A Bryophyte Bimble

In the woods here about
I found the mossy four:
One covering a rock,

Another blanketing a log,

A third skirted a tree,

And the last in a bog.

However, upon closer inspection,
I believe there to be many more!

(To Bimble is to walk at a leisurely pace.)

I'm using these reference guides to help me identify the many different species of moss and liverworts in my woods.

Monday, April 15, 2019

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day #12 Lipstick Powderhorn lichen

Wonderful Lipstick Powderhorn Lichen, Cladonia macilenta,  growing on the side of a log.

Love the red "lips". They make this lichen so fascinating to find!

Close-up of lips with Zoomy.

Second full page of this project: Days #7-12.

First page of #The100DayProject: Days #1-6

What's a Zoomy?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day#11 Lichen: Old Man's Beard

I found a tiny bit of what I think is an Usnea lichen commonly known as the Old Man's Beard. 

Branching tip of lichen with Zoomy.

A larger bit of lichen but it's still on the small side.

There are 400 kinds of lichens in Connecticut. I've drawn bits of 4 of them so far.

What's a Zoomy?

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day #10 Moss: Smooth Green Calyptra

Day #10 Moss sporophyte with a smooth green calyptra.


Perhaps an Atrichum species?

With Zoomy you can see the capsule inside the calyptra.

What's a Zoomy?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day #9/100 Forest Floor "Cedars"

Diphasiastrum digitatum formerly known as Lycopodium digitatum and commonly known as Groundcedar or Fan Clubmoss. 

Ink and watercolor in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

A cluster of tiny "Cedars" out in the woods. These are neither cedars nor moss, but are Clubmoss.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

#MyCanterburyCoddiwomples #The100DayProject Day#8/100 Lichen: Greenshield

I found what may be a Greenshield Lichen, Flavoparmelia, growing on bark. This is a foliose lichen which has a 2D flat lobe appearance. This specimen has wrinkles on many of the lobes. It's a gray-green color. The leaf shapes are extraordinarily fun to draw. Ink and watercolor in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

What's on my mind? September 16 and 17, 2018 Optimism

What's on my mind?

  Can you see the positive in your present situation?

Or is this your outlook on life? 

September 16th: the last Sunday of summer and it's sunny!

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet."
Roger Miller

September 17th: Remnants of Hurricane Florence today.

Ink and watercolor in my Jane Davenport Canvas Journal.