Thursday, July 8, 2021

Bird Nest

Working on a post-burn survey in Foard, County, Texas, we came across this small bird nest with a single speckled egg. I don't have a clue what species it was but I loved the shape, decor and camouflage! The nest was low in a mesquite tree, larger than a humming bird nest but smaller than a King Bird or Mockingbird. The egg was very Sparrow-like but the nest seemed much neater than a typical sparrow nest. 

Pen and brown ink in Strathmore 400 Series Sketchbook
 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Hospice Gardens


Sketchbook Journal - After my husband gave blood yesterday, we had a lovely lunch at Our Crepes and More, and spent a bit of time at the Hospice Gardens. A lovely 'date day' ....

 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Mesmerized by fungi

There is a lot to say about fungi. They are slow, determined decomposers and complex creatures. What we see is only the fruit, all the rest is hidden. They come in all shapes and colours. They can kill or nourish us. This particular one- Auricularia mesenterica- was decorating with colourful frills a chunk of decaying wood, something that was, time ago, a lovely oak. Transformation is the mantra in nature, nothing ever dies forever. It only changes in something else.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Journal - Goose Creek State Park


Journal - Goose Creek State Park - Lots of rain..this is the view from our RV site and  kitchen window across the field toward the cottages and bathhouse ...


 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

FLOODED WOODS


Winter sunshine is so welcome and this vignette seen in the woods last Saturday caught my eye and became the inspiration for a piece of textile art.


I've written a complete blog about how I put the picture together so do go and have a look at   
https://valeriejaneg.blogspot.com



 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Journal - Mushrooms


Journal - After the Rain - Mushrooms. With all the rain we've had, the mushrooms in our sideyard are have a heyday .... Here are a few...

 

WILD AUTUMN FRUITS


I seem to have neglected this site for a few months so here is one of the sketches from my current nature sketchbook, coloured pencil drawings of some twigs gathered on our walk down the lane.
Have you noticed that they all have the same word ending?