Thursday, May 28, 2015

some late spring wildflowers

Yesterday we took a drive along the eastern shore of Lake Somerville . . . at least as far as one can drive before reaching water. Texas flood conditions continue with many lakes beyond capacity and overflowing. This lake is closed for at least the next two months --- water is well over campsites with their electric hookups and boat ramps. Many hidden obstacles out there to run a boat into.

We were able to drive to the overlook next to the spillway to take a look. Even the wildflowers are stressed from too much rain, though I found a few to draw anyway.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This is Corpus Christi as seen from the Texas State Aquarium. An artificial barrier has been built along the sea wall with mangroves and other plants, much under water from recent heavy rains. Waves wash over this barrier, sometimes trapping fish and other sea life. Usually there are plenty of seabirds taking advantage of easy fishing, but this was a particularly stormy day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

from Ingleside on the Bay, Texas

During a recent trip to Ingleside on the Bay and Corpus Christi Bay, we were able to watch some beautiful herons as they enjoyed the gulf region as well. And the gulls were just comical!

Monday, May 18, 2015

In and out of nature...

I love Sweet Williams, and though we always say that's when to look for morels, I almost never find any.  The sweet scent and delicate color of my mother's favorite wildflower is sufficient compensation.

seashells everywhere

We just returned from a trip to Corpus Christi Bay. There were lovely sea shells everywhere we turned at the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at in Ingleside on the Bay, some at least 12" across. Shells on tables, in baskets, on railings, sitting on top of posts in the parking area . . . Literally everywhere! Upon returning from eating out one day, I grabbed these three from one of the decks to sketch. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Here's a double spread of a collection of treasures I made with my grandson while we were in England a few weeks ago.

The empty crab shells were very fragile and I had to carry them home carefully but the starfish was alive so he went straight back into his rockpool after being photographed.  My daughter reminded me of the saying for travellers: 'leave only footprints and take only memories.'

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Saucer Magnolia - Lin Frye

Painted a few weeks ago when my small tree was in bloom ... now it's covered in bright green leaves.

Lin Frye
North Carolina