Tag: wildflowers

Time for Skunk Cabbage – Watercolor

Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is the earliest ephemeral spring wildflower to appear. Yes, this odd plant is a wildflower! And I found it while hiking just yesterday. Actually, I found tons of them! Skunk cabbage is a very unique plant. It generates its… Continue Reading “Time for Skunk Cabbage – Watercolor”

Handsome Jack Watercolor

There he is…. handsome Jack. I tell you the truth, no matter how many times I find this spring ephemeral wildflower, it always stops me in my tracks and takes my breath away. Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) seems like an exotic species… Continue Reading “Handsome Jack Watercolor”

Let’s Paint a Prairie Trillium Spring Wildflower!

Spring ephemeral (lasing a short time) wildflowers are making their appearance on the forest floor as we speak! But you must seek them out now, for soon the leaves on the trees will be fully developed and the shade wont support them. This video… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint a Prairie Trillium Spring Wildflower!”

Autumn’s Pregame Watercolor

♪ ♫  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME AUTUMN?!?  ♫ ♪ It’s coming! Autumn is around the corner and right now you can enjoy its pregame show. I decided to tailgate at the forest preserves and here is what I saw… Honey Bees on Goldenrod… Continue Reading “Autumn’s Pregame Watercolor”

Bloodroot Watercolor Sketch

McClaughry Springs Woods Bloodroot – watercolor and micron They’re hereeeee! It’s time for some spring wildflowers boys and girls. Get excited!  It’s that fleeting time of year, when for a short time, the wildflowers pop up before the trees grow their leaves and the… Continue Reading “Bloodroot Watercolor Sketch”

Deer Grove Forest Preserves

Today I had the chance to hike at Deer Grove Forest Preserves in Palatine, IL. This preserve is a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve Trail System. It consists of about 9 miles of tails, some paved, most not paved. It is surely… Continue Reading “Deer Grove Forest Preserves”

Papoose Lake Fun

Recently I stopped at Papoose Lake to have some fun. Oh what fun I did have for sure! Papoose Lake is part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves, the Sag Valley area. It’s a quiet little place were few visitors stopped by to fish… Continue Reading “Papoose Lake Fun”