Wildflower Wednesday: Maybe an orchid?

Colored pencil sketch of a red-stalked, leafless wildflower with round seed capsules, found at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

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.

Arizona wildflower, leafless, with a red stalk and round seed capsules.

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! 🙂

Wouldn’t it be so exciting if it were an orchid?

Welcome Wildflower Wednesday link-partiers! The Wildflower Wednesday link party is the brainchild of Gail Eichelberger of Clay and Limestone blog. Go take a look at some of the exciting late-summer wildflower images people are sharing from their gardens and hikes. Enjoy!

Travels with Sketchbook: The Grand Canyon

Watercolor and pigment marker on watercolor paper. Image of the Grand Canyon's North Rim at sunrise.

Sunrise is a special time at the Grand Canyon! After loosely placing the washes on site, I added detail with pigment markers later that day.

My portfolio page, Travels with Sketchbook, has been updated with a new gallery of images made during our recent trip to the Grand Canyon.

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. 🙂

I just got back from the Grand Canyon . . .

A watercolor sketch of the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Point Trail, with the sunrise view that inspired the sketch.

It’s impossible to go to the Grand Canyon and not sketch the awe-inspiring sunrises! This is a view of Bright Angel Point Trail from the North Rim

. . . and Zion National Parks, where we spent a week hiking, sketching and photographing. The Wrenaissance Man was attending a photo workshop on the South and North Rims of the Grand Canyon, chasing desert monsoon clouds and lightning in hopes of photographic drama.

It was a very busy and inspiring week, packed with day hikes, landscape and flower sketching, botanizing and gathering photo research materials.

Later this week I’ll scan in some sketches and upload photos for sharing on the blog. Right now, I’ve got all the domestic details and etc’s to take care of after a long week away. Not to mention the pups are pouting a bit after a week in the doggie hotel.

Speaking of summer vacations: Check out ArtL8dy’s wonderful post about her newest art quilt, inspired by her visit with her elderly aunt.

How was your summer vacation? I hope you spent some time refreshing your mind and your soul, whether at home or away!

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