Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sketching in Nature


Earlier in the week Kate from the Sketching in Nature blog invited me to become one of their “correspondents” – I was very excited and gladly accepted the invitation. The Sketching in Nature group is composed of nature artists and sketchers from all over the world – it is a great place to spend some time looking at natural history from around the globe and you can start right here.
If you came from Sketching in Nature - thanks for visiting, but you have already seen this and can skip to the next post.

Here is a page from my notebook from earlier in the week - a little look at some of the botanical activity where I stopped for lunch on Tuesday. Lunch was adjacent to a slip above the East Branch of the Chagrin River and the first thing to catch my eye were the undersides of hundreds of round-leaved ragwort (Packera obovata), a brilliant violet anytime of year but especially striking in February. Next I noticed some young sedges their exposed roots barely clinging to the eroding slope. Carex (sedges) is a difficult genus to master, but in this part of the world there are only a few sedges with leaves this wide and the pale bases of the leaves give this one away as C. platyphylla. Much more common here, and abundant to my right on the wooded hillside, is C. plantaginea it is given away by the red/maroon bases of leaves.  By the way, C. plantaginea has some very striking flowers for a sedge - check them out in the top right corner of this journal post. And making their 2012 debut all over the hillside is wild leak aka ramps (Allium tricoccum) a solid two weeks ahead of schedule based on my notes. As always a great day to be in the woods!


9 comments:

Kathleen Walker said...

Congratulations, I enjoy the Sketching in Nature blog so very much. I don't visit as often as I could, but always enjoy what is there and feel inspired to continue with my Nature Journal, even if it isn't up to their standard.

Mary Walker Designs said...

Congrats, you are a talented artist and deserve the honor. Well done.

Paula said...

Hey Nate,
I just skipped to your blog from Sketching in Nature and have to tell you I loved it! Such wonderful work. I loved your shed antler painting. Is that deer skat among the leaves??? I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Lois said...

So glad I found your blog through Sketching in Nature. Lovely sketches of nature.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

We are VERY happy to have you with us, Nate!

Nicky said...

nice work! I really love your journal. it's so inspiring. thank you for sharing! ( nicky)

Nate said...

Thanks for all the nice comments - I am very happy to be part of the Sketching in Nature group.

Paula - that is indeed deer scat aka deer pellets... good eyes. Also: leaves of northern red oak, white oak, American elm and sugar maple, a bur oak acorn cap and an unidentified sedge.

Revelle Taillon said...

do you have to become a botanist to know what you're looking at??? LOL! I can't imagine having to be able to identify all these plants. I have a hard time remembering what i've planted in my garden. beautiful work!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I remember when I got hooked on birding. That spark was an outing with friends when first a Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew directly toward me which perked my interest. Later in the outing we came upon a Prothonatary Warbler that tried to run us out of his territory. I was in love. Haven't stopped birding since. I can't for the life of me remember what brought me to sketching nature. All Iknow is that sometimes I can't help myself. Must draw, paint or scribble.