Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ink Sketches on a Watershed Tour
When the bus arrives at the LaRose Forest pavillion so that we can hear presentations on forest management and native herbal lore, I decide to sit in the sun at the foot of a Red Pine to stay out of the chill wind, and Fred brings me a Lactarius chrysorhea mushroom. There are so many things to notice about it!
Soft white tufts of Bog Cotton sedge wave above the little tree, and a wonderful diversity of bog plants rejoice all around it. I sit on the boardwalk to sketch as the tour walks past me, pointing out Pitcher plants and red-berried holly bushes, and our old friends Labrador Tea and Leatherleaf, and many others. The sun is warm on my back, and being low among the bog vegetation protects me from today's cool wind.
You can see more of my on-the-spot work on my blog as we continue our South Nation watershed project, "Art and Science in the Watershed"