"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Sunday, March 22, 2015

MOTHER NATURE


Whether on the farm or the beach, I always look down; forever searching for treasures. Some of the things I gather are nests, many different kinds of bones and rock, leaves, shells, insects, eggs and feathers, jewelry and coins, arrowheads, driftwood and other flotsam and jetsam. Too many things to list.
 I picked up this large wasps' nest and left it sitting around, then came upon this piece of coral. I was surprised and awed by the similarities of the two. One made by an insect on land and the other made in the sea by a totally different marine creature. Pretty cool, huh?


I do use my treasured finds from time to time as inspiration.  I did a pencil drawing of this large wasps' nest when it was still attached to the limb and the larger paper part of the nest.  

19 comments:

  1. Awesome !
    Love the texture of both, and amazed at the same set of "blueprints" used in making.

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  2. AMAZING!! So similar and both gorgeous. I'm a gatherer, too, like a magpie!

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  3. I love and collect wasp nest. My friend even made me a necklace with one it.

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  4. God knows what He's doing! Lovely post.
    Debbie

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  5. Hola Donna:
    Thanks for your nice words in my blog.
    I´m back to school and thanks God the swine flu are less common.
    August is the most cold month of the year here.

    I loved your treasures. Looks like a honeycomb, but i read are two coral.
    Really nice.

    Greetings from Chile :)

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  6. A reprint from 2009. Just looking back and saw lots of things I'd like to use again. Lazy or too busy to do anything original at present.

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  7. It is uncanny how when we disappeared from your blogroll..you finally appeared for me.
    Now that things are perfect for you;)
    You are never sent to my Blogroll.
    I come and peek..
    I am glad I did.
    I am amazed at the intricacy of your pencil work.
    I think our nest is still in the tree..but I remember observing it and seeing the fine layers..like thin think paper.
    You did that! Perfectly.

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    1. Oh Monique, I just wish this blog thing would straighten out. So much going on and stress too. Sister's eyes literally have holes in them and I am freaking out. We are trying to sell our other city house which has been so stressful and lots of work; for instance, I just found a water leak under the house and have to schedule a plumber to come fix it and I don't even know where the shutoff is. That and so much more. I just want to be able to sit in the warm sun and watch spring bloom and begin gardening etc., and eat some of your delicious baked goods and cookies.

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    2. Poor you Donna!
      It never rains it pours..
      And poor you and sister.
      My daughter lost her doggie while she was at Disney with Noah..sad homecoming for her..Her Kali.. 10 years old.. heart attack:(
      Don't worry about the blog...you have bigger things to get organized.
      I hope everything comes together for you.

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  8. Fabulous drawing Donna, and the similarity between the 2 objects is amazing. I love nature collections as well, they are fascinating. Oh dear, I am sorry that Sister is still having eye problems! You have been through a lot with that little gal, she is lucky you love her so much.

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    1. Jeri, I know you're a magpie like me and coming from you, what a nice compliment. Sister is hanging in there; ulcers in her new eyes, one very deep. Talk of saving at least one of her eyes and possible another surgery for a flap whatever that means. I've already spent over $5000. on her eyes so far. I've been a basket case over it.

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  9. Dear Donna- this is an awesome drawing. Amazing how two different natural things appear almost the same. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. You are gifted, Donna. I love the comparison of the hive and coral and your evocative rendering of it.

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    1. Thank you dear Amanda. This earth and the natural world are so amazing. Guess that is why I am having trouble with fiction; to many interesting things in nature.

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  11. I'm so glad someone else finds the beauty in a mere WAWSS NESS (as one of my children called them for years, mostly in a raised voice, to denote warning).

    I love the symmetry, the sheen of the paper in its more shades of grey, and the dry strength of the empty dwelling, rained on and wind battered.

    What a wonderful gift you have---finding and preserving and portraying.

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    1. Love them too Rachel. Just don't like the bugs as they are out in full force now that it has warmed up. They are so bad around here; birds can't build nests in the many birdhouses I have on the farm because the wasps are building theirs in them.

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  12. I was interested to see your coral and wasp nest comparisons. I have a fairly large rock that has what I had thought all along was a fossilized impression of a wasp nest, but since I have seen your coral picture, I think it must be an impression of a piece of coral . One day soon I shall post a photograph of it on my blog.

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  13. Dear Donna....What a charming blog you write. Love your drawing too. And now I'm looking forward to browsing thru your blog!

    Happy drawing!

    Ciao

    Robyn

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