Week in the Woods (11 I 20)

Freezing temperatures gave way to an afternoon near 70 degrees on Saturday, ensuring that Cassie & I would find time to explore a few of our favorite trails. We had a good day hunting mushrooms & other interesting stuff!

I brought my macro lens into the woods again, something I just started doing but now feel I almost can’t do without. I’ve come to really enjoy it, and today got some fun shots of a few miniature beauties, such as these… I’m not sure whats. I’ll watch to see if they grow. Maybe they’re some sort of tooth fungus. I love their frilly lace hemline!

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Pixie Cup Portrait

It’s been a while since I posted a Nature drawing, but you had to know I couldn’t resist using my art tools to get closer to the pixie cup lichens I found while hiking in the woods a few weeks back. They’re too funny and beautiful to remain just in a photograph.

Drawing of lichens found while hiking and investigating Nature
So alien!

I had a very fun time trying to capture the lichens’ colors & contours, and their dusty surfaces covered in propagules. Balancing a lot of similar colors (I used seven different green Copics, plus a green micron pen!) was also an interesting challenge. Ultimately, I am happy with this drawing, because it made me happy to draw it.

If you haven’t seen the actual pictures of this fantastical symbiote, check out Week in the Woods from Christmas Eve.

I’ve also got a tutorial that breaks down how I do these pen & marker drawings of Nature subjects. Whether or not you use my approach, I encourage you to draw something cool soon, especially if it’s been a while!

Week in the Woods (5 I 20)

The weather was either cold or rainy much of the week, but my little explorer & I did make it out into the woods for a few hours of exploring.

The forest was looking a little beat up by the stuttering fits of Winter, but that doesn’t mean it lacked a measure of ragged glory.

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Week in the Woods (24 XII 19)

Winter Break has begun and that gives me more chances to get out hiking with Cassie. The cold which has enveloped us for many weeks broke right on time and left the woods a little soggy but full of interesting things to discover.

Look at these beauties. They’re pixie cap lichen, as far as I can tell. The tallest one is less than an inch tall. And here’s how I found them.

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Walk in the Woods

I meant to combine these pictures with some others, but the bitter cold has kept Cassie & me grounded for most of the last two weeks. Still, we found some cool stuff in the woods last week and I thought I’d share some of it with you.

A beautiful but invasive species of mushroom found in my area.

I think this toothy beauty is Radulodon copelandii, an Asian invasive that is spreading across the Northeast & Midwest.

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Once More in the Woods

Weather, lack of daylight, and life have severely limited the time my daughter & I have been in the forest lately, but we did get a bit of hiking in over the last week or so. Pennsylvania is stuck in a drab pre-Winter period, but it’s still a joy to hike through the ever-changing woods with Cassie.

Nature still shows a mossy splash of color on a late Fall hike in the forest.

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