Yesterday, however, I was feeling secure enough about my available time (prematurely, it turns out) to take a little hike up a favorite local trail, Greens Creek. It's lovely and lush in there right now, and we got out early enough that my friend and I were headed back down the trail before we encountered the steady stream of weekend adventurers.
The hike inspired some field sketches of blooming flora.... hooray! It's been too long.
I intended to create the aforementioned sketches in my journal before I realized I didn't have a current one! I did the little watercolors on loose sheets and then spent all last evening making a new journal for them. Because I have time for that sort of thing right now.
|New pages, new journal. Embiggenable with a click.|
The good news is that by taking time to do some fieldwork and build a new journal I feel more like myself than I have in a long time. The less-good news is that it might mean I don't get another color on the lino before I leave. But going back to the good news: I'm close enough to departure that I've almost reached that "no-more-time-let-it-all-go" stage. Almost.
|I didn't just build a new book, I built a PRETTY new book.|
|The leather needs to relax a bit, but since it's about to get crushed in a suitcase I'm not worried.|
Is it any wonder I got inspired?
|Greens Creek, or Green Creek, or Green's Creek, depending on which map you consult.|
|In the high desert, lush riparian areas like this are just YUMMY.|
It rained the night before, so everything looked extra-rich.