Monday, May 24, 2010
Buckthorn is the most widespread invasive alien shrub, displaying amazing variation in leaf and branch shape and texture, depending on where it is growing. Some bushes have long thorns, and some have none at all. On our land this variability is mostly the result of how recently Fred has cut it down, as the thorns grow more on older branches, especially the shrubs that are out in the out in the open. We have a campaign of suppression, cutting and feeding to caged Rabbits and Goats in an attempt to mimic the natural herbivory that Buckthorn lacks in our North American landscape. Elsewhere it grows rampant, filling fencerows and replacing the natural understory in some forests.
It is a day of changing weather, and I risk losing the afternoon sunshine and having my painting rained on - but I set my stool in front of a low hanging branch and paint fast. I have a violet gray underpainting and most of the leaves in place before the sky darkens and the wind rises, tossing my twig about - so I must rely on the photos I took on my arrival, to finish the painting...
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