And my first time at the Desert Botanical Gardens, though certainly not my last! Fran and I already have planned to go again next week! If you are in this area, you must visit this place! It captures all the beauty of the desert in one place. I wanted to move there! Or have all that gorgeous landscape in my yard!
Fran picked me up about 8:20. We met the other Sketch Crawl participants at 9:00 and by the time we settled down for our first sketch, it was probably 9:30. The weather was PERFECT! We quickly found out how slow I paint compared to Fran! She did two to my one! Oh well... because I see and think in details, doing sketches where I don't detail everything is a stretch for me and a good exercise but I can't seem to do it quick regardless. My first sketch is a plant that looks sorta' like a tree in a Dr. Seuss book! It's a type of aloe from Africa and grows tall like a tree. It has the most gorgeous 'bark', if you can call it that!
We had planned to meet everyone for lunch at 11:30 so we really only sketched for 2 hours and I only got two sketches done! But I took a ton of photos! I'm sharing some of my favorites of the plants as well as a couple of critters! :) We went to the Butterfly exhibit after lunch and decided that we need to do that first thing next time before it gets so crowded. And, by the time we left, it was hot! I hope you enjoy the photos and get a bit of a glimpse into our amazing day!
On the home front, Max has a stomach virus and I'm hoping he'll be well tomorrow and that Sam won't get it... or anyone else, for that matter!