The Winged Lady

More work from my new sketchbook; I’m kind of out of practice on doodling randomness. Not exactly sure if it’s surreal enough for what I had in mind, but I wanted to finish it. I disregarded making everything even after about two minutes, so it’s pretty obvious where I just marked up the thing quickly and without advanced planning.
Moth Lady wmStrathmore recycled sketch paper, mechanical pencil, ballpoint pen




Yesterday I took a break to go out into the backyard and take photos.

Small little insects busy on a weed in my backyard.:


A white flower from one of my favorite trees:


Both photos are unedited except for the addition of the watermark of course.

Hark! A Wasp!

I’m not sure if I’m becoming lazier or braver as I age, but wasps and bees freak me out less.┬áThe older I become the more ideas scare me like awkwardly running into old friends at restaurants, sweating out interviews, or forgetting to bring something.

On another tangent- the rose above reminds me of lollipops. The more photos I take, the more shapes I see in them- like watching clouds on an afternoon.


Butterflies Like Airplanes

Two skipper butterfiles I stumbled upon as they sat on my guava tree.

These insects may resemble moths, but they are actually butterfiles. They dart and dance aound lantana and other flowers in my garden. Plus they are delicious preying mantis food.


The Lantana Queen


An ancient file I dredged up while I was in a ‘mantis mood’. Trying to spread a little more mantis appreciation on the web. Probably my favorite photo of a mantis, ever, posing on a lantana bush.

Female mantises are larger than their male counterparts. This one was at least three inches long and was in her ‘prime’ at the time. Around September/October the mantises in my yard are the biggest and most impressive.