The morning of the 19th was overcast, cool and windy, and the dogs and I hiked all around enjoying the change of weather. The tops of the pines swayed and soughed, yellow leaves would occasionally let go and fly through the still summery-looking woods. This drawing started with the beautiful little (unknown) mushrooms I found growing in the litter in some piney woods. They looked silky, almost shiny. I immediately fell in love with them.
I sat and started drawing. As I worked on the quarter-sized mushroom, all the other bits of debris showed themselves: another smaller mushroom nearby, the tiny pale yellow puffball, the sparkleberry leaf and two sparkleberries, two scales of a pine cone, silvery pine bark and twigs, and the big red ant exploring the neighborhood. Naturally, I had to include them all on the page.
Cicadas would start trilling but then stop a few minutes later, as if they couldn't decide if it was quite warm enough to sing. Duke and Daisy were good dogs while I drew and settled beside me for a nap.
Fast forward to today! The temperatures around here are still cool, the mornings lovely and a bit dewy. My shoes got wet from walking in the high grass on the shady side of the pipeline. Since I knew I had last week's entry to post today, I decided to take my camera along. Here are few photos from today's hike. Double click photos to enlarge.
|Insect holes on a Morning Glory leaf|
|Crab Spider on Aster|
|Leaf-footed Seedbug on Sumac berries|
|Lobelia with spider|
|A single Blue Curls bloom|
|Blue Curls plant|
|Ailanthus Webworm Moth|