Inspiration · Nature

Etching — what an art form!

An etching by Sheryl Steiger Young.

I came across this beautiful etching today. The artist is named Sheryl Steiger Young. The detail is amazing. “Fine line drawing and attention to minute detail characterize Young’s artwork.” Her animal etchings will be on display at a gallery in Vermont during the month of May. “The nature and animal studies are the root of her work, expressing all the perfection and beauty one could possibly be privileged to enjoy in the world.” I have done a few etchings myself, but nothing this intricate.

Nature

Blue shrooms?

Photo of a vibrant blue mushroom in a forest setting, surrounded by ferns.

E. hochstetteri is a mushroom, and it’s blue. It’s really, really, really blue—almost unbelievably blue, saturated in a way more often associated with kids’ markers or mouth-staining candy than with fungi. The diminutive mushrooms play an outsized role in New Zealand’s cultural landscape and also flourishes in locals’ lives, with the Māori using these mushrooms as food, medicine, and pigments for tattoos.”

Nature

A whale super-group down under

INSPIRATION FROM WILDLIFE

What I miss from being homeless is sleeping outside among the trees and the wildlife, and having the warmth of the sun greet you in the morning as you wake up. There is nothing like it. I witnessed a lot of great things, from a snow owl swooping down on me, thinking I might be its next meal and leaving disappointed that I was not a rat, to a skunk sneaking into my tent while I slept and snacking on my cream cheese, I have a lot of nature stories to tell. What I am fascinated with these whales is the bubble-net feeding. The circular pattern is something that captives me.