We have experienced an unusually mild, dry winter. There has been no snow on our mountains and yet we have experienced some of the worst frost ever. Since it is still August, it came as a surprise to find our fruit orchard full of blossoming trees. My previous early spring blossom sketches in my nature diary were done September last year.
My youngest daughter led me out to enjoy the warm sunshine and we went to view “our” Maple tree. We first measured our Maple tree in 2011 and the little tree was just as tall as Miss.L12, just over 1 meter high. This spring it is twice my height! I was glad that my nature journal contained many of my older nature study pages because we could compare our current tree study with previous years and seasons.
We spent time looking at the variety of fruit trees’ blossoms. I was utterly enchanted by our blue berry blossoms which looked like little bells. We sketched and painted and we both experimented with wet-on-wet water painting which worked wonderfully! (I’m afraid that my scanner did not pick up the colors of our watercolors.)
As our time was running out, and we had already spent much of our morning outside (time flies when you are having fun sketching), I sent Miss.L12 with the camera to capture all the blossoms. We plan to use the photos to sketch and paint or simply to compare the differences between the different blossoms.
We are so happy to enjoy our lovely early spring nature study here in South Africa and wish a happy autumn to those living in the Northern Hemisphere!
(Contributing this post to the Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival.)