This is my favorite sapling from the Francis Marion National Forest. Jazz hands!
A few sketches in my nature journal of the longleaf pine saplings on the forest floor at Francis Marion National Forest. These saplings can take 5-12 years setting roots before it goes vertical. It has the potential to live 500 years!
Set off on a trail in Francis Marion National Forest today with my friend who is a scientist. Great to get a different eye on the subject I am inspired by.
Just so I know what I am looking at while drawing in the forest, I am making mind maps of information. This week I am researching the difference between the Loblolly Pine and the Longleaf Pine. What I learned is that the Loblolly is the second most common tree in the US, while the Longleaf is almost endangered. Here is my mind map on the loblolly. Next up is the Longleaf.
Walking the forest at James Island County Park, I did a few quick drawing studies of the various bark textures. These are the loblolly pine and live oak. I also did a quick sketch of the needle palm growing nearby. I will do a further study of the palm as it is so distinct for our area.
I am studying the forest floor at James Island County Park today. This is the beginning of a year-long study in this natural space in the suburbs.
P.S. this is the space that would be eliminated with the 526 road extension project.
This new year I am going to be immersing myself more in nature and drawing in a journal like a naturalist would. The first entry will be on ice and snow. Who knew??