Poplar Leaf/Hurricane Matthew

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“Golden leaves flicker against a deep blue sky, as autumn marches on.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 11, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 11, 2016.

 

October 11, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On Thanksgiving Day, mother nature delivered torrential rains and howling winds! We received the tail end of hurricane Matthew. It was a wild day. I watched leaves whip by my windows, darting and diving as the wind tossed them about. Some had not intended to leave their cozy branches so soon, but nature had other plans.

We lost power, but all was well. Everyone was safe and grateful to have weathered the storm unscathed. The day after the storm, I ventured out on my daily walk. Remnants of the blustery day were scattered about. Twigs, branches and shredded leaves were strewn far and wide.

Along the way,  I witnessed a scattering of small tree branches with leaves still intact. I found this little leaf with its strip of green attached to a small branch near my home. It stood out from the others with its unique marking of green. Clasping the small twig in my hands, I strolled home to capture my subject for the day.

Warmly,

Debbie

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The Survivor!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 10, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 6, 2016. It is now missing the pretty white petals that also encircled the center of this flower.

October 6, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Soon it will be time to empty my flower containers. The season’s beauty will be returning to the earth. It is hard to believe I picked this interesting looking dahlia up at our local nursery three months ago. I loved both its color and shape.

Little did I know the escapades it was in for when I set it in a container on my back doorstep. It sat in a peaceful set up with a buddha statue, lotus candle holder and other flowering containers. I admired its beauty from my kitchen window and when I sat on the doorstep with my tea.

Then late one night the drama began! Midnight critters decided to have a party on my doorstep. Tipping over containers, uprooting flowers and throwing every piece of vegetation around like confetti. They partied several nights, leaving me on clean up duty.

I rescued this little dahlia  numerous times over the summer. Replanting it so it could shine once again. Despite its unwanted visitors, it thrived just the same. Now nature is disrupting its stay as the days move beyond its season. This little plant overcame all obstacles and I learned to be patient, determined to give it time in the sun.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. We are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I am very grateful for my family and all the special people in my life. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Maple Leaf with bite!

 Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 3, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 3, 2016.

October 3, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk,  I spotted a small maple tree aglow.  It was dressed in a  brilliant red coat. Nature’s change of season could not be denied.

Down the ditch I ventured, to get a personal view of my soon to be subject. As I gently lowered a branch, a beautiful selection of leaves lay before me.  All had their own unique markings and subtle differences in color.

One small leaf caught my eye with its interesting shape. I believe it had become a snack for some small critter with its missing bite sized shape.  With it tucked between my fingers, I strolled home with the hopes of capturing its individuality in graphite.

How about you? Do you enjoy all the varied leaf shapes and colors this time of year?


Saturday was a beautiful autumn day with warmer temperatures, so I ventured back out to my gardens to finish my painting of nasturtiums. After I posted the photo on Facebook, I had a purchase inquiry. So it is on reserve until it can be viewed by my possible collector.  It still needs to be signed and I will look at it with fresh eyes after it sits for a few days to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I really loved working on this one!

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Nasturtiums painted from life in my gardens. 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel.

Wishing you a smooth sailing week ahead with a few quiet pauses!

Warmly,

Debbie

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