not a lily
i forget about orange in july. it is the perfect complement to green. so it makes perfect sense that orange would be the flower color of choice at this time of high summer, when our foliage is at its densest green. like yellow goldenrod and purple aster in fall, some combos are just meant to be: strawberries and cream. chablis and oysters. PB and J. macaroni and cheese. paris and springtime. pencil skirt and heels. suit and tie. bonnie and clyde. hall and oates. bert and ernie. thelma and louise. batman and robin. i can keep going if you’d like. anyway: green and orange. welcome to the club.
spotted tiger lilies giving me the full monty every time i go up or down the driveway. ok girls. you’re very well endowed. tuck ’em back in now.
american tiger lily (Lilium superbum)
hot, and sticky, and green
i don’t do mandalas. this may look like a mandala. it is not a mandala. it’s the shape that emerged today. it bears a passing resemblance to a mandala. but it is not a mandala. it can’t be a mandala. because i don’t do mandalas.
studio cleaning day
every so often, i have to remind myself to stop bringing new subjects into the house, and spend a day sweeping out and returning my foster children to their homes outdoors. today was such a day. i am setting up my studio to make an 8 foot x 4 foot collaged paper art piece using the natural inks i have been stewing and brewing for a year. it’s an ambitious project, and will need all the studio space i have. so…out with the old and in with the new.
dried summer botanical bits
it takes a lot of energy
a feather is a “dead” structure, analogous to hair or nails in humans and made of the same basic ingredient, the protein keratin. this means that when they get damaged, feathers can’t heal themselves—they have to be completely replaced. this replacement of all or some of the feathers is called molt. molting takes incredible energy for birds, and makes them very vulnerable while they are in mid-molt. so many birds wait to do their annual molting at the peak of abundant food and fine weather. blue jays complete one entire molt per year and now is the time of plenty. keep an eye out for blue feathers.
blue jay feather