Fall classes

In the month of October into early November we will be having our classes at the Nature Center in Ward Pound Ridge Reserve.  We will be at Lasdon Arboretum for all classes outside of these dates.

Pound Ridge October 10th – November 3rd.  Entrance to the park is free for those enrolled in class.  Parking is easy with no hills or stairs to climb and it’s a just a short drive on Rt.35 from Lasdon.

http://parks.westchestergov.com/ward-pound-ridge-reservation/trailside-nature-museum?task=view

We are very lucky to have two lovely locations in the Fall, each beautiful =)  For class details please go to Classes at the top of this site.

New York Botanical Gardens ~ Lichen and Mosses

The class at NYBG went well…..nice students with lots of lovely drawings.  The final drawings are due by August 1st, I’m looking forward to seeing each one =)

Here are some photos of the British Soldier Lichen I took with my iPhone.  The first one is a direct shot and the last three are shot through the lens of the dissecting microscope.  If you look closely you can see the tiny mosses at the feet of the lichen.  This British Soldier Lichen is about 1cm tall….a tiny world…enjoy!

I wish I would have taken photos of my class and students but I didn’t get the brilliant thought until I was half way up the Saw Mill Parkway =(

British Soldier Lichen posing for it’s closeup. The Soldiers showing beautiful red caps and a tiny word of mosses at their feet…amazing little world!

through the scope

Discovery

Every once in a while you stumble onto something wonderful on the internet.  While researching mosses for my class at NYBG I did exactly that…I stumbled on an artist named Robert Muma.  To learn more about this artists and his life please go to his website at http://worldofmosses.com/robertmuma/index.html

He created a beautiful series of paintings of tiny mosses….a world so often stepped over……

(click on image once to bring up image and then again to bring up enlargement) =)

Mosses by Robert Muma

mosses

First class at NYBG done =)

Andrew took the day off to hang with the pups, work in the yard and watch some soccer…..woof…..

It was a beautiful day…..I packed up all my supplies and headed down to NYBG.  I have 6 students in my workshop.  There were some familiar faces, people I had known from classes I had taken at NYBG several years ago and two students who knew me from Lasdon Arboretum.  It’s a very nice group of ladies….

The only glitch was they had slide microscopes instead of dissecting microscopes so it was difficult for my class to see their samples.  The office promised that next week they will have the proper scopes in the the class…

All in all it was a good day =)

Nature journaling at Vickie’s

Looks like we may get a bit of rain at the beginning of our morning….no worries, we can just sit under some shelter and sketch until the rain goes away =)

Another marker for Vickie’s drive way is a green mailbox with a pineapple on it.  Follow the dirt road down to the gate.  For those of you who are coming you don’t need to buzz at the gate…it will open automatically…..

See you soon….

Wonderful morning at Maddi’s house =)

Our first journaling workshop was great fun =)  A beautiful garden and good friends…..

our hostess in her garden =)

the ladies

Betsy’s drawing

another from Betsy

Janet’s pages

Sarah’s foxglove

Sarah’s peony

bulldog lounging =)

thanks Maddi and doggies for a wonderful day =)