We went home to NY this weekend, to visit family. By the time I got things packed and ready for the trip, I was exhausted. I remembered my camera before we left, I looked at it sitting there on the shelf, and decided not to take it with me this time. Our weekend away was slightly calmer without my camera in tow.
There is one picture that I didn’t take, because I couldn’t take it, that haunts me.
So I had to draw it instead.
I started a nature journal a few years ago. It is greatly neglected, but I do try to update it now and then.
For instance, I have a page on feathers. I pick them up as I walk in the woods and a few of them I pulled out of dead birds. It is a creepy feeling to do so, but “Tasha Tudor would do it”, she is one of my inspirations, and so I go ahead and pull. I got feathers from a female cardinal and a flicker that way.
My mom and I went for a walk on Sunday and found the dead Flicker. It was beautiful. God knew it fell and the two of us also mourned it. We think it got hit by a car, we found it in the road and pulled off a couple of long feathers and a couple of downy feathers. The long ones are brilliant yellow on one side, black on the other, and have a pointed top. The downy ones have a black dot on them. God could have given them plain ol’ feathers, but He didn’t. He decorated the birds…..each feather is a work of His amazing creation.
Joanna sent me nature quotes and I glued them in.
One time a Pottery Barn catalogue was filled with nature quotes so I cut them out and sewed around the edges and glued them in, too.
I draw and sketch sometimes.
That’s what I decided to do about that one picture that I couldn’t take, as we drove along the back country roads to our family reunion on Saturday. It was a bright red farm gate, open and pressed against a backdrop of thick, wild goldenrod. The red and the yellow were a stunning combination.
Why did that farmer paint his gate bright red? I’ve never seen one painted like that before. He’ll never know the happy moment it gave me, and that I came back home and drew it in my nature journal. It just goes to show how you can inspire others without ever dreaming that it was even possible.