Sunday, January 17, 2016

Nature Journal Page #3 - The Bird Grasshopper

watercolor sketch, Starr White, January 2016.

Schistocerca Americana, the American bird grasshopper.  It's official.  I am in love with bugs.  Me of all people.  It all started in the autumn of 2014 when we began learning about insects in our homeschool science course.  I thought it would be fun to capture a few specimens to study up close and personal rather than just in a textbook, and it has turned into something of an obsession.

Schistocerca Americana captured December 2015, central Alabama



I captured this beautiful specimen one soggy, wet December morning when I went out to cut evergreen branches for the house.  Enchanted by its lovely rosewood color, I decided it might be a fun subject to sketch.  Imagine my delight when I discovered those fantastic leopard spot wings!! I had absolutely no idea that a grasshopper could turn out to be such a beautiful, graceful creature. More evidence that supports the old adage - never judge a book by its cover. Like birds and fish, insects are amazing in their stunning variety - sizes, shapes, patterns, colors; and it is a lot of fun to try to capture all those wonderful details.

I just keep thinking about the hidden beauty of this amazing creature. Because I'm me and I think about things like this.  This great lumbering insect that most people would hardly notice, and if they did, they would probably think it was a bit on the ugly side.  And then it opens up those fantastic wings and wow.  It is magically transformed into a perfectly proportioned, graceful beauty with delicate, intricately patterned gossamer wings.  There's a life lesson in there, friends.  Look for the hidden beauty around you each and every day, and you are sure to be blessed in unexpected ways.


11 comments:

Valerie Gardiner said...

What a beautiful creature Starr,those wings are amazing and I can hardly tell the difference between your drawing and the real thing. Very well done indeed! Btw there is a parcel on it's way to you right now,hope you like it!

Jules Woolford said...

He's a beauty! Fabulous job Starr, you've portrayed him so well! I love bugs too, they're fascinating. I thought of you yesterday as I found some wonderful nature journaling information for families, and thought you might be interested. I'll email you later!x

Margo Brooks said...

What a beautiful drawing you have done!

magnoliasntea said...

How interesting! I'd never heard of a bird grasshopper before reading your post. Love those wings. Your drawing is really good. I'm really impressed by your drawings.
Have a great week!
Toni

Janet said...

Your drawing is beautiful!!!

Wynette Vass said...

Beautiful sketch! I will never look at a grasshopper the same again....LOL!! You are so right about how bugs have the most beautiful markings. A bird grasshopper, wow never knew about those bad boys, but I see its beauty now. Thanks for sharing and I think you are finding your artistic niche.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

An amazing looking sketch Starr! Beautifully done :)

handmade by amalia said...

What a talent you have, Starr, this drawing is so good.
Amalia
xo

Neyon said...

It's gorgeous. It looks like leopard prints on the delicate wings. Such admirable sketching skills

Tammie Lee said...

yes, such a beautiful insect and a wonderful rendition of it!
There is a man who has a blog, he lives in Australia. His photos of bugs are amazing and he has a bit of a spiritual take on his subjects. you might enjoy it. let me know if you would like his link.

Barbara said...

Amazing talent Starr!