Today I had an inspiration to do a quick post on the smaller wonders of nature. I feel that stone crops, lichens and moss are often over looked due to their small size. However if you take the time to look closley you will discover a world of amazing exotic colour and textures. After I am finished my diploma I hope to find some time to dedicate to painting some of these lovely little plants.
I actually took these pictures a few years ago while out for a walk around the wooded area of the Sooke Pot Holes Park in Sooke BC, which is near Victoria. As you can tell I am a little strapped for time in regards to creating new material to post. My deadline for SBA assignment 9 is looming ahead and the days are flying by! I do have some very exciting new illustrations to post. As soon as I find the tine to edit and scan them I will post them.
For now I give you the exciting world Lichen and Moss.
|Stonecrop is a native succulent plant on Vancouver Island. |
This one is known as Broad Leaved Stonecrop or Sedum spathulifolium.
|This is a type of club lichen, called Lipstick Cladonia or Cladonia macilenta. The red portions of this lichen are the fruiting bodies.|
|Awned Hair Cap Moss or Polytrichum piliferum, (my guess, not 100% sure). This moss happens to be in it's sporophyte stage and is stunning to look at in a large clump due to the bright orange stem it produces.|