Sunday, 18 October 2009

Nightingale and Inukshuk

Tonight's flower drawing comes from a genus that I have posted several times previously. I even posted a similar drawing of a lacecap Hydrangea in pink. I am very fond of Hydrangeas and always enjoy seeing them in peoples gardens -- no matter which type they are: lacecap, mophead or panicle. Now for some details on this one.

This lovely flower comes from the Family of Hydrangeaceae, the Genus is Hydrangea and the Species macrophylla. It comes originally from Switzerland so its proper name is Hydrangea macrophylla Nachtigall (German for Nightingale). These big leaf Hydrangeas like Nachtigall, grow into large shrubs.

This second drawing is a recent sketch of an Inukshuk. The background is a photograph I came across of the Northern Lights. So what we have is a simple drawing of a "rock man" illuminated by the Lights of the northern sky.

I love photos of the Northern Lights as I have mentioned before. Even better were the summer I spent way up north in Ontario where we could watch the Northern Lights almost every night during the summer.

By the way, just in case there are any of my U.S. readers who don't know what an Inukshuk is, it is a large stone marker in the rough shape of a man. The Inuit people (Americans call them Eskimos) have used them for centuries to tell travellers that this is a good place to stay for the night especially since the Inukshuk often indicates that there is a food cache nearby. It can also mean that an igloo or other shelter is close by. Simply stated, it means that man has been here and it is good. The Inukshuk is being used as the symbol for the Winter 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

By the way, in case anyone is interested, I have ordered a first copy of my Rosary book in the new format. It is 7 x 7 in size and paperback. The cost will be $25. So if the hardcover 8 x 10 version was too expensive for you, you might be interested in getting a copy of this one. It should be available for purchase in about two weeks from now.

May Peace be with you all.

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