Friday, June 27, 2008

"May Hike on My Land" 5-7-08

This post, and the next few from me, are being put up late...but I wanted to keep the hikes I took in sequence....more exciting things coming soon!
I couldn't resist starting off with Ginger coming up the's so green and lush in Springtime! You can see the buds are just coming out on the trees.
Well, it was a very wet, rainy day as you can see by my raingear and barn boots! I always keep a plastic garbage bag in my pocket when hiking, this makes a great surface to kneel or sit on when the ground is damp or if you want to put your camera or bag down, it protects it. The page below shows a very, very quick sketch of grows all over my land in damp or wet areas and in spring + summer it'll have the prettiest yellow flowers. You can click on any picture to read my notes closer...yikes the mosquitoes were rampant!!

This is a video clip about the Mayapples and one of my old oak trees.
This is another one of my old oak trees on "Oak Lane". I love walking up to each one and checking on them, touching their bark, feeling their power and strength.Growing under the oaks were these plants that I think are Adderstongue...I didn't get to make a final identification yet. What I did was sketch the upper leaf at actual or life size in pencil. I shaded then smudged with my finger then used a kneaded rubber eraser to 'wipe out' where I wanted the light spots. Because the leaf had a mottled look I thought I'd try a little watercolor technique to recreate it. I painted the leaf green then as it was drying I dropped water onto it, this makes a nice mottled effect. It also had a fruit that was green colored. Sorry to say I didn't get back out there to see what the plant did as far as flowering. You can see where I tested my colors in the corner of the page.At the end of my walk I came to the only Crabapple on my property, what a pretty sight when you find it in Springtime! It's hidden in an out of the way place in the "Maze", a field I have with paths that go all over like a maze. I didn't get to finish the painting properly, I tried to work on it as rain was starting. But it was good practice anyways! I do have some 'sweet' pictures of the blossoms for future use. By the way, this was done with watercolor pencils that I then wet with a waterbrush.
The final video clip below is a nice bit of music by one of my favorite singers...the Wood Thrush!!

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