Monday, October 28, 2019


A friend reminded me of how wonderful sassafras trees are in a FB post -- her sassafras tree is now perfectly framed in her view out the kitchen door, a gift via a native plant collection won some years ago.

It prompted revisiting my Natural Gardening posts over the years about sassafras (there are many), and reminded me of how the progeny of our sassafras trees in Clemson have enriched our landscape here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Our sassafras trees came from an across the street Upstate South Carolina neighbor.  Sassafras seedlings and offshoots transplant easily when small; our neighbor across the street had many.
We transplanted a number to our landscape in Clemson, and after they became large enough, their seedling progeny were abundant; many were transplanted up to our landscape here in Asheville. 
I'm still enjoying one out the upstairs window currently (there were two, but one succumbed last year to some sort of root pathogen, encouraged by double the amount of rainfall than normal).

This photo is from November 8, 2017.  Sadly, the one on the right was the one that died.  The one on the left is still fine.

From the upstairs window
Sassafras was the inspiration for my Inktober, Day 28 drawing, too.



Friday, October 18, 2019

A bumblebee visiting an aster

An ordinary photo turned into this imaginative depiction in a drawing, for Inktober Day 18.

Bumblebee and aster

Here is the original image.  My sister used to say I was a good copyist of what I saw;  but I'm having a lot more fun trying to be imaginative now.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Inktober, Day 17

The daily practice of doing some sort of drawing has me scrambling at times.  Here's a quick sketch of an apple from the bowl on our kitchen table.

An October apple

drawing and subject with pencils and pens


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Beaver Lake, Inktober 16

I love walking around Beaver Lake in North Asheville.  The lake is lovely and the mountain landscapes that surround it are wonderful.

I've made many blog posts over the years about walks at Beaver Lake.  I'm realizing at the moment, I'm on Natural Gardening, not Places of the Spirit, but both are perfectly apt.

My inspiration for today's sketch

The sketch that I did


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

An Inktober drawing (number 15)

Interestingly, my updated OS on all of my Apple devices doesn't let me post directly on Facebook anymore, so why not post on my "legacy" blog site.

Here's a full moon-inspired drawing for Inktober, Day 15

Inspired by a full moon
Of course, the colors have totally shifted from the original sketch, but the vision is intact.