Columbine Aquilegia formosa

A crown I would wear
it would be a Columbine
on top of my head

Another day at the Pacific rim Institute on Whidbey Island to do some sketching and photographing of the wild native flowers in full bloom on the grounds. I spotted the Aquilegia formosa columbine with its long graceful reddish stems holding up brilliant red and yellow blossoms looking like crowns that would fit on a royalty’s head. When the soft breezes flow through the flowers the blossoms gracefully dance and sway with the breeze attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. The blossoms are short lived so I felt fortunate to have seen them at their peak color.

6 thoughts on “

  1. I think you did a great job with this~it is lovely! I’ve been working on a pen and ink series of native plants around here, and it is fun to see you working on it too.

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  2. Thank you, Deon. The painting will be included in my w.c. journal of native plants on Whidbey Island. It is so much fun doing this project starting with putting together the w.c. paper of my choice and then sewing the signatures into a book with a cover. The painting would not pass the standards set by the professional botanical illustrators or painters…even so, it pleases me and that’s important.


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