It’s been over a month since I’ve been on the hiking trails! Life can get busy at times, and I forget to stop, take a deep breath and listen to the quiet in the woods.
It always feels good to step away from the computer, get some exercise and breath in the fresh air. Often times, I end up doing a little treasure hunt, looking for a variety of colors, shapes, textures and patterns.
It was just the mental pick-me-up I needed for a Monday afternoon! Happy hiking!
We went on our first hike of Fall over the weekend! It felt great to be on the trails again, exploring the woods.
Remember that old hollow tree I love so much? It’s still toppled over.
It’s still early in the season, and we’ve had a lot of warm, sunny days lately, so we didn’t see a lot of fall colors yet.
Hope you’re out enjoying Fall too!
We have a great bike trail near our house, so it’s become a new routine to go for a long bike ride on Sundays when we’re in town and the weather is nice. We also like to turn it into a field day of identifying all the wildflowers, birds and bugs along the way.
We found milk thistle, wild phlox, pasture rose, ox-eye daisies, common milkweed, golden alexander, queen anne’s lace, a big ole feather, lots of bees, chipmunks, red admiral butterflies, cabbage white butterflies, cardinals and red-winged blackbirds.
It’s always a fun day on the trails! Hope you’re making time to go outside and enjoy summer.
There’s nothing like a hike in the woods to kick off the Fall season.
These woods were full of lichen, moss, mushrooms and all sorts of other hidden treasures.
When we started out on this trail, I was complaining that I never see an owl in the wild. A few minutes later we heard an owl hoot really loud! We looked for it the rest of the day, but the only wildlife we saw were blue jays and woodpeckers.
I’m looking forward to hitting this trail again soon to see some of the fall color that seems to be popping up overnight. Hope you’re enjoying some fresh air this Fall season.
When Fall weather arrives, we are ready to hit the trails. Another one of my favorite things to do is to go hiking.
I love treasure hunting for artifacts on the trails and in the woods.
It’s especially fun to find hidden critters.
I think it’s magical to see all the different textures, colors and shapes hidden in plain sight in the woods.
I love to take notice of how the same plants create different textures, shapes and colors as they mature.
We also noticed a few different types of ferns in these woods.
Not only were the exercise and fresh air good for the soul, but all this photo reference will be great for filling up my sketchbook with more illustrations.
I was hoping we would get a chance to go hiking again last weekend, but we had too many other things to do.
So I settled for exploring in our yard.
It’s always fun to take notice of the variety of colors in Autumn while there’s still green leaves on the trees.
I noticed of a lot of red, orange and yellow, so it was fun to compose my photos with those combinations.
Our lawn was practically carpeted in leaves of all sizes, shapes, colors, and random overlaps.
I’m usually excited at the beginning of each season, but once leaf peeping is past and most of the leaves are on the ground, I feel a little sad, missing that foliage which provides cover in our backyard park. My mom pointed out to me a couple years ago that it’s nice to be able to admire the architecture of trees when the leaves start falling.
That idea really stuck with me, so once I’m tired of drawing leaves, I look forward to practicing drawing tree skeletons without leaves. Seeing something with a fresh perspective keeps me from feeling melancholy about the bareness coming with late fall / early winter.
Thank you for stopping by!
Earlier this week, I was feeling restless. It was a beautiful day outside so I made a spontaneous decision to go for a bike ride down the fabulous trail near our house.
It was an amazing adventure! I saw all sorts of beautiful things, birds, caterpillars, a muskrat, even a snake, and lots of wildflowers.
As you can see, this trail goes through the woods and through fields.
You might be thinking, so what, just another bike ride.
I went over 20 miles! On my hybrid mountain bike. Wearing a pair of cut-off old jean shorts, which you don’t see too often among those hard-core bicyclists all decked out in their technical gear, cruising down the trails in proper form.
You know me, I just love being on the trails. It’s the best remedy for any kind of blues or anxiety I might be feeling. Can’t wait to go again!