Monday, May 13, 2019

Woodland Wildflowers

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.



Lisa at Greenbow said...

An excellent idea to draw any insect that drops onto your journal. After all they seem to be asking for it.

stacey said...

this is beautiful

Diane Schurman said...

Just found your blog and love it! Inspiring!