While I was watching the bees, a lovely blue butterfly stopped by.
May Be Icaricia acmon–Acmon Blue
South Hills SLO, CA
A few photos taken today when I hiked around the base of the mountain. Surprised there is so much plant activity. There has been very little rain since the fire.
Clearing Made by Bulldozer
Fire Retardant Still Visible
I thought that when I collected seeds from Paeonia plants during a hike in SLO California, I originally thought they were Paeonia brownii. Recently I have come to believe that I made a mistake and the plants were actually Paeonia californica.
This is an image of the seeds I collected.
I went to the Jepson Herbarium to check it out.
Currently there are a couple of Paeonia seedlings growing in my succulent garden.
I am an obsessive note maker. A small notebook is in pocket or bag, always at the ready.
A Staedtler Lead Holder was my go to writing utensil, until last night. I am in the process of planning a wool, knitted and fulled wallpiece.
The problem with using lead is the possible disappearance over time. But it is easy to erase for changes.
One of the cool things about the Staedtler Lead Holder is the built in sharpener, which eliminates the need to carry another tool.
There are two problems with a felt marker, not permanent and mistakes.
I stopped by target today and picked up a bottle of Bic Wite Out.
It is so much nicer than the last bottle. No longer is the applicator a brush, it is a little sponge wedge that glides nicely.
Back to notebooks and note making. I was delighted to see reference to Thomas Jefferson and his pocket notebooks at this great book art site. It was a different time, but I am not keen on the material that was used for the pages. I do like the idea of reusable pages that you could write notes in pencil and erase when notes are transferred to sketchbook or journal.
The Monticello site also included additional information about tools that he carried with him, Among his collection of pocket-sized devices were scales, drawing instruments, a thermometer, a surveying compass, a level, and even a globe.
Got to thinking about tools that I tend to carry with me. When I go hiking I always carry gloves, tool for digging, small cutters, bags for finds, a magnifier, a small flashlight, twine, and often a camera.
The Monticello site has loads of interesting facts and fun things for purchase. I am an avid gardener and have purchased seed from the site. My favorite seeds have been: Sunset Hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot), Aquilegia Barlows, and the Fringed Pink (Dianthus superbus).
Every time I visit the site I look at the wheel cypher decoder. Maybe one day I will actually purchase it.
Today we hiked a trail that we haven’t hike in several years. And at the top of the hill we found this–
I have been thinking about using the idea of prayer cloth/flags in my work. It would be a different way to display my coded messages. I have used the idea of prayer beads in previous series.
My series From Evil has several objects that refer to prayer beads.
I also made a series of cast soap cups and soap filled vessels as part of my Cleanse Your Palate series.
More images of the prayer flags:
I like that the flag bits are in the bottle.
Some information on prayer flags can be seen here:
More images of my work:
From Evil series