Welcome to my botanical arts blog.
I am a botanical illustrator, trained at the Denver Botanic Gardens, in Colorado. I am now a transplant to the gulf coast of Florida. I am discovering tropical gardening.
Illustrating Nature is my passion and flowers are a favorite.
Monday, April 6, 2009
A full Maui rainbow - a sight to behold
A Koi pond next door...
Ever changing tide pools
It is definitely quieter around here with the kids back home.... but we are enjoying the beauty of this wonderful paradise that changes daily. Yesterday was cloudy and a bit rainy, so we went into town and did some errands (food, glorious food... always a necessity!). We were specifically looking for a book on flowers and found an Author that we really loved. We have several of her books and they are a huge help in discovering new blooms on the island.
The book that we found is "Maui's Floral Splendor" by Dr. Angela Kay Kepler. She is very adept at describing the plants and giving the correct botanical names as well as the common names. It is surprising how many names each plant can have... even the locals have favorite Hawaiian terms for many of the flowers.
We went back to the tide pools this morning... to have a better look and to take some photographs with the good camera. Well, the tides have changed and the waves are getting stronger (now that the wind is calming down... can't figure it out!). Our tide pools were being inundated with waves and all of the 'inhabitants' had found cover under the coral. We almost got covered by a wave... but moved out of the way, just in time. So now, we are trying to figure out the 'tides' and when we can go back and take some good photos. I will keep trying.
Sweet hubby has headed to the golf course... and I plan to hit the pool with my latest read, "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff. I just finished "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan (a wonderful read - but have a box of kleenex nearby...some tears will flow), and "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery (translated from french - very different!).