August 12, Ghosts in the Swamp

In my studio this afternoon trying to catch up on some business. The back door was open and a breeze that sounded exactly like a perfect afternoon kept rustling loud enough to hear. An image of spider lily blooms hovering in the gray shadows of evening flashed through my mind. Next thing I know, I was grabbing my watercolors and heading to the swamp. In 5 minutes I was pulling up to the North Trail heading to the shallow pool where the spider lillies grow. The light was so clear and the same breeze that distracted me in my studio was moving through the canopy. The humidity and thousands of mosquitos were there as well but it didn't matter to me - I was already under the spell. I had just enough time to coat myself in bug spray, listen to the hum of katydids and do 4 watercolor sketches before dark. 

barred owl, red eyed vireo and katydids,  a monarch caterpillar on eastern blue star,  a little green heron, a tiny brown moth on the white petals of the lily, mushrooms everywhere The spider lillies are actually Hymenocallis caroliniana. The name means "beautiful membrane" referring to the corolla which connects the stalks of the stamens to form a cup.  

barred owl, red eyed vireo and katydids,  a monarch caterpillar on eastern blue star,  a little green heron, a tiny brown moth on the white petals of the lily, mushrooms everywhere

The spider lillies are actually Hymenocallis caroliniana. The name means "beautiful membrane" referring to the corolla which connects the stalks of the stamens to form a cup.

 

6:30 pm lily sketch
By the time I packed up the forest was a misty gray with these spidery ghosts glowing in the dim light.

By the time I packed up the forest was a misty gray with these spidery ghosts glowing in the dim light.