Preserving a Memory

I do “take time to smell the roses”. To savor a moment in time, to strive to remember all its details thinking that the memory will never fade.    But sometimes the rose in the field fades too quickly for an artist.

I press flowers, take photographs and paint pictures.   I like being able to later re-visit the happy feeling that I had when I first saw something that moved me to want to preserve it.

The blossoms of my lilies which starred in my blog last week, After a Period of Drought, quickly faded but their photograph extended their effect on me for days as I joyfully painted Swamp Lily flowers.

“Swamp Lilies”, watercolor by Karen Hines

My morning power walk always starts in low gear with a strolling walk-about with camera in hand.  I am always treated to something marvelous.

Ever since I observed the visit of the Monarch butterfly to my milkweeds last week, each morning I first stop at that amazing patch of plants.  I now have two babies munching on the green, sappy leaves.

Photograph by Karen Hines of a Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar!

I’ll bet you can guess who is now the subject of this week’s painting in progress.

I’ve been really amazed at the variety of other insects that have made the milkweed patch their home.

Here is a sampling of nature’s beautifully colored creatures that I have found on these most interesting plants……..

orange spotted beatle_edited-1 Milkweed Tussock caterpillar_edited-1 Green Cicada_edited-1

Nature Photography, orange ant, Karen Hines

“Take time to smell the roses” but don’t ignore their foliage.  You never know what fascinating creatures might be sheltered there!

Wishing you happy strolling and a colorful week!   Karen

About Karen Hines Art

I am an artist living in the mountains of Virginia and expressing my love of nature through painting.
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