July 06, 2017
My mother’s motto has long been, “Nature is Hostile.”
And, if you hike regularly, it certainly can be. But most often, I look at Nature as being a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Bad is heat exhaustion, which I suffered coming back from a recent trek up to Mount Kepros here in Idaho. Mount Kepros is one of the four “Grand Slam” peaks that also include Lucky Peak, Cervidae, and Mount Heinen. Heinen is the only one I haven’t done yet.
The Ugly? Well, I could say it was the pitiful way I looked on the way back from Kepros Peak. But, that’s being unkind to myself and to anyone else who has experienced the early stages of heat stroke.
Me at the top of Kepros Peak
No, the Ugly were the hundreds of Mormon beetles we met on the way back down. If you’ve ever seen a Mormon beetle, you’d agree. I won’t post a pic here because I haven’t the stomach to do a search for one. I’m convinced that the Mormon beetle was the inspiration for the creature in the movie, “Alien.”
The Good—there’s lots of it in Nature. I find so much inspiration for my patterns and illustrations during every season. Some people might not notice the beauty in summer and early fall wildflowers. After all, the colors have faded and the palette seems so drab. You just have to take a second or third look, though, as I did on one hike when my friend Nancy pointed out the delicate tendrils of the dried Goatsbeard waving in a warm breeze. And, so, it inspired this pillow cover:
An array of dried seed heads, each with its unique symmetry, are found in my bedding called “Promise.”
Don’t miss out on the Good in Nature in all seasons. Like all aspects of life, you have to take the Bad and the Ugly with it.
Watercolor, "Run," by Jean Calomeni. Shop for my watercolors at Saatchi Art here.
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