My New Zealand garden is quite wild as we let the grass grow long after cutting the first spring growth. We live on an alluvial plain, which is very shingly and does not hold much moisture. Longer grass helps to keep the soil moist as we live in a rain shadow caused by the mountain range that lies to the west. The area around 'Oxford' was known to Maori as Tawera - the land of the hot blow, and it is just that! [ https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/canterbury/waimakariri/foothills-forests-brochure.pdf ]
The spring brought gales and a tremendous hailstorm that damaged the fruit trees. We had a cool dry summer with some hot days as well. Just now it is beautifully autumn weather - warm and still. Temperature at 25 degrees centigrade today - not normal for this time of the year, so we are making up for the previous cooler summer perhaps.
Day 1: Colours
The colour of our apricot tree's leaves in autumn.
Day 2: Textures
Went for a walk in the bush and photographed this tree trunk and this rock. The walk is alongside the gorge cut by the Ashley/Rakahuri River.
Moss etc on the bark:
The rock found beside the track, which is new and only opened up about two years ago.
Day 3: Black and White
Hanging basked flowers, dried out. Enjoyed the challenge of just using the pigment ink pen. These are not cone flowers, but similar in shape. I am trying to find out - I binned the label.
Day 4: Nature Patterns
This colour palette was something quite different for me to work with. I mixed red and white gouache in varying tints, then I added some sienna gouache to the original red and white mixes to give the different shades. These are seed pods from two New Zealand trees.
Hoheria seed pods. Lovely things.
Day 6: One Metre Challenge
Grass everywhere, so no bare patches and there was nothing in the veg beds, not even a snail shell which would have been nice... Found these items in the same spot except for the delphinium twig and green seedpods which I just love for the colour (which fades to brown). Others are a pruned rose hip and a fallen hydrangea flower. Used my watercolour pencils both dry and wet.
A slightly wacky map! Like so many ancient maps, trying to represent all the N, W and E directions literally as they are seen. This is part of my garden with the mountains and lowland hills in the background. We have a very distinctive cloud formation called the Canterbury Arch which is the result of the westerly winds passing over the mountain range of the South Island of New Zealand.
Day 7 West
Day 7 North
Day 7 East
The fairy land citadel is my name for a small tree topped peak that appears to be surmounted by an old fort. The farmer's tracks wind their way up to the top.
Thanks, Rosalie, for these interesting prompts - a great idea. I made my sketchbook just for the class. I love nature journaling and have one more empty page in the book, so will have to think of something more to add.
This was really a surprise!
Day 8: Garden Surprise
Found an ink cap mushroom. Painted with the ink, and then drew the mushroom from a photograph taken the previous day.