Thursday, September 1, 2011

Travelling without Camera, Yikes!

My sketching equipment has been idle for a month or so and my camer has been my constant companion. To start a new month of journaling, I took a hike with my wife and left the camera at home. Withing minutes of hitting the trail I was seeing things that gave me the urge to jog home to get the camera. I came across a patch of Baneberry (top two photos) in the same spot where I first saw this plant a couple of years ago. I didn't think I'd have the patience to sit in this mosquito-y place and draw, then my wife revealed that she had her little point-and-shoot Canon in her pocket. That whet my appetite and I almost gave up the idea of sketching. Soon, we spotted a nice hawk feather on the trail and found a nice, sunny spot to sit and sketch. She drew horsetails and a Baneberry and I drew and painted the feather. As we headed for home, I spotted a branch of Dogwood with seed clusters and a nice Puffball fungus under a young White Fir tree (third and fourth photos). Then I saw something new - to me - Tincture Plant. It was in a shady area surrounded by other vegetation, and I'm not used to this little camera. Thus, the 5th photo is not so good. But, it's a record of what I saw. Will head back there tomorrow with the Nikon and/or sketchbook and patience. All in all, a nice first hike for September. Will reorganize my sketching materials tonight so I have a dedicated day pack ready for spontaneous eruptions of the sketching urge. I should mention that we were on the same trail where my wife and her dog encountered a mama bear and cub a week ago. It's amazing how a state of constant alertness can be so tiring.


  1. I'm pretty sure that last one is an orchid called Rattlesnake Plantain.

  2. You are correct. I actually read my field guide incorrectly. Exciting to find I have still another orchid in my midst. The flowers were so dried out on this one, I didn't notice the obvious orchid-like character. On a return visit, sans mosquito bites, it was more obvious.