We hadn't gone far today before I noticed this plant I've seen in our woods for years. I used to know the name of it, but I can't remember at the moment. Since I'd already taken Roxie for a walk today, I decided to give the old girl a break and sit right there, half way down our driveway, and draw this dainty plant. We sat in dappled shade, and listened to birds singing for a few minutes before drawing. Have you ever heard the call of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo? It sounds a little like a monkey - something like this: Cu-cu-cu-cu cu-cu-cu-cu Kalp! Kalp! Kalp! The Wood Pewee had a whiny little Peee-weee song.
As I was drawing a black inch-worm caterpillar dropped onto the journal and proceeded to inch his way to the top of the page. Once he was there I was able to get a small twig under him and move him to the leaf litter. The huge ant that visited moved a lot faster, and was hardly a nuisance at all. (For the record, my only rule in nature journaling is that I must draw any insect that visits the page.)
A few feet away from where I sat grew this Violet Wood Sorrell (above) and White Milkweed (below), other woodland wildflowers that like a shady situation. The milkweed was hosting a few bees, so I kept my distance. I didn't want to interfere with their feast.