Saturday, May 2, 2020

A Walk in the Woods

In mid-April my husband and I got out of the house one morning and headed for Mason-Dixon Historical Park in West Virginia, just a half hour from our home. We wandered through forests carpeted with wild violets and walked along the shores of Dunkard Creek where huge sycamore trees show off their mottled grey and white bark, leaning at impossible angles over the rushing water. A few woodland trees were beginning to bud, and the forest floor was carpeted with wild violets. And, as if all that weren't enough, the hillsides were covered with masses of periwinkle blue Virginia bluebells.

3.5" x 5.5", ink, watercolor, and felt tip pen

It was one of the prettiest sights I've seen in ages, and I did this little watercolor sketch to remember it. I'm glad Fred was with me that day, so I had someone to share it with. And he only had to listen to me say, at least twenty-five times, "Oh, my gosh, can you believe how BEAUTIFUL this is?!"

Come along and see what early spring in our neck of the woods looks like...



  1. This looks like my back yard when my Spanish bluebells open up (I'm still waiting on them, another week or so & they'll finally pop!!) For several years we lived in northern VA near the Manassas Battlefield National Park....and during this time (can range between late March & mid-April) there is the largest naturalized stand of VA bluebells's amazing!! So I did an 'artist in residence' there with the National Park service a few years ago. You should apply!!!I It's a two week residnecy, and goes by so fast!! It's the most wonderful thing to witness and be a part of!!!!

    1. What a great experience that must have been! I should look into it. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. But I might just faint at the beauty of it all!


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