It's a VERY cold morning here in my world. 7 degrees (-13 degrees C). Brrr. Winter doesn't want leave this year. But the sun is shining and the skies are blue so at least it's not dark and dreary.
And it will be a good day to stay inside and make some art. There's always a bright side to these cold winter days. (Did I really say winter days?)
So let's go tropical today where it is warm and lush. Here's a page out of my Nature Journal.
I began by tearing this tropical foliage paper into scraps which I then collaged on my page. The hummingbirds are stamped images which I painted and colored with watercolor markers. Then I fussy cut them.
I drew the flowers based on a photo of honeysuckle. I colored then, fussy cut them also, and added them to the page. Then I added a couple of strips of these gold stars.
I am linking up to Moo Mania and their latest challenge called Color Effect.
And here's a few tropical plants for your viewing. I took these photos at the arboretum at Smith College the other day.
In the tropical greenhouse. You can see some other folks who are in there also. (Most people were doing the bulb show, and yes, I promise to show you some photos of their gorgeous spring flowers.)
I find it amazing that pineapples grow off a stalk like this one-close up above and view view below.
Some plants have such fascinating shapes and textures too.
The outside of a cottage cheese tree looks like roots..
Looking up I discovered not only this cool view but these cool cones. This is a cyclad.
And how about a cocoa pod growing on a cocoa tree. I wonder if they use these pods to produce cocoa for hot chocolate or even chocolate for themselves.
And finally they had so many orchids in the arboretum. I will show you more another day but here is a little tease.
Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!