Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lonely Bright Bloom

Our nature study for the last couple of weeks has really just been of some of our front and back yard flowers.  Yes, we know it's fall; but around here we have had weather in the 90's and even 100's the last week or so.  Needless to say some of the color in our flowers has been pretty bright.  One of the things I've enjoyed about focusing on the flowers color is that my kids have decided to use dry water color brushing in their journals rather than their usual color pencils.  They really look great:

Hibiscus Moscheutos
Strelitzia Reginae
This last one gave us a bit of trouble.  Yesterday the kids went out to the front yard to look for their weeks specimen.  In  just a few minutes they began running back and forth getting the watercolors and asking me to help set up a place for them to take turns drawing this one lonely bright deep bluish flower on the ground.  At first we thought it was some sort of Forget-Me-Not maybe the Creeping Forget-Me-Not but not quiet the same.  The fact that it was on the ground should have been our biggest clue.  We eventually figured out that this lone bloom on a vine like stem is actually a Periwinkle most likely a Big Leaf Periwinkle which around here is mostly used as ground cover.

Vinca Major
Notice my daughter still has to correct that on her nature journal ; )  I love when our nature study turns into a lets find out session.  We might as well keep enjoying these bright colors around here ... for just a little longer anyway. 


Serena said...

Beautiful nature journaling!

Dorie said...

They are doing fantastic - what lovely illustrations using the water color.