Alder Boys

January 25, 2021 § 6 Comments

Alder Boys © Lynn Wiles 2021
Close up of Alder male catkins. Used for my ‘perpetual sketchbook’. If you would like to see what I have done so far, please visit (and follow) https://www.instagram.com/wiles_nature/ and remember that I am very new to watercolors.

Leaves on Leather

January 21, 2021 § 1 Comment

Leaves on Leather © Lynn Wiles 2021
I’ve been collecting specimens for my sketchbook and the honey locust leaves and spines fell upon my iPad cover. Wondering how long it will take to fully feel the relief of a new president and vice president after four long awful years.

Winter Undulations

January 16, 2021 § 2 Comments

Winter Undulations © Lynn Wiles 2021
A spent hosta leaf on the ground.

Grass Attack

January 14, 2021 § 4 Comments

Grass Attack © Lynn Wiles 2021
Forgetting that I am allergic to grass, I thought I would bring some of my neighbor’s ornamental grass inside for macros. After taking a few photos, I realized this was a very bad idea.

Sunshine on a Hairy Plant

January 11, 2021 § 2 Comments

Sunshine on a Hairy Plant © Lynn Wiles 2021
The sun shining on my African violet, while humming My Girl by the Temptations. The hairs help regulate temperatures and ward off unwanted critters.

Climbing Sideways

January 9, 2021 § 3 Comments

Climbing Sideways © Lynn Wiles 2021
The past 10 months have been a time filled with groundhog days and feeling like one is climbing sideways.

Winter Dandelion II

January 7, 2021 § 13 Comments

Winter Dandelion II © Lynn Wiles 2021
After the shocking events of yesterday, I thought we could all use a little simplicity, mystery and nature today. I am deeply ashamed of this country.

Winter Dandelion I

January 4, 2021 § 2 Comments

Winter Dandelion I © Lynn Wiles 2021
Wet, floating seed head of a dandelion. With a shoutout to Magda.

A New Year

January 1, 2021 § 12 Comments

A New Year © Lynn Wiles 2021
And things have not become magically better. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but did decide about a month ago to start collecting random bits of nature and start a sketchbook with 15 minutes of drawing or painting a day. And in the last week, I have started exploring the macro capabilities of my newish camera. The in focus part of this lichen is less than 5 mm and I thought I could draw this life-size. Haha. Since we are all going to be stuck at home for the time being, wishing you all a Happy New and Creative Year. Even if it means bringing the outdoors inside.

2020 on Wheels

December 31, 2020 § 9 Comments

2020 on Wheels © Lynn Wiles 2020
Imagine my surprise when this car pulled up next to me as I was waiting at a red light. I’ve tried to conceal the company name, but googled it when I got home. They are a local company that makes tests for influenza and COVID-19. Not to make light of this year in any way. May the new year eventually get better.

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