Could this be a coral root orchid? Enquiring minds want to know!
This unusual looking plant was growing by the side of the Bridle Trail in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It’s just under a foot tall, and is leafless with a dark red, subtly striped stalk.
I can hardly wait to find out what it is!
I immediately thought it might be a coral root orchid. Unfortunately, the seed capsules are roundish, and the two coral roots in Arizona have ovalish seed capsules. I sent in a photo to one of the rangers, who had said she would pass the information on to one of the botany specialists on staff.
If you have an inkling as to which species this might be, please drop me a line in the comment box!
I’ve signed up for Kelly Rae Roberts’ “Hello Soul, Hello Mantra” online painting course. It should be a great opportunity to play with materials that have been lurking in my drawers, as well as cut loose with a freer, more gestural style. Another reason I signed up was to get a chance to incorporate text with images and experiment with abstraction.
Saturday I spent an hour or so with my vintage Indian wood textile-printing blocks and some liquid craft acrylic paints. If you print on dampened paper placed on a sheet of craft foam for cushioning, you can get a pretty good impression. Above you can see some imprints made with pearlescent peach paint layered over some watercolor washes.
Class starts September 8. Maybe you’d like to join me?
For this series of landscape sketches, I returned to the slightly “naive” style I’ve used in earlier travel sketches—loose watercolor sketches defined with pen and ink lines and marks.
There are 2 botanical sketches in the gallery: One is rendered in color pencil, the other is color washes with pen. Both were made at the side of some of the main trails in the park! It just goes to show you that you can find interesting things right under your nose, if you’ll only take the time to look carefully.