Winter spent in a house in a hundred-year-old apple orchard in the North Cascades
Lichens of North Florida
Striking lichens of the Florida panhandle. The top center neon red-rimmed species is Cryptothecia rubrocincta, or Christmas lichen, specific to that area.
A lichened whorl on a barely-standing cabin on my mom's defunct mining claim outside of Helena, Montana.
SLIME MOLDS: An Illustrated Guide
Slime molds are unicellular cryptogams (spore-bearing organisms). They travel terrestrial ecosystems across the globe, from deserts to snowbanks to tropical rainforests. They eat bacteria, and "fruit" into the structures illustrated here. My drawings enlarge them around 40x. I am illustrating the world’s most common slime molds for renowned expert Dr. Steven L. Stephenson, at the University of Arkansas.
P. roseum: Out in the Sticks
A day in the life of a traveling slime mold saleslady.
Identifying Agrocybe praecox
School assignment: 60 hours were spent painting everything you see here, at life-size. You can tell by the wonky shadows.
This painting got me hired at the most amazing natural history exhibit design company in the Ozarks. This painting lives at Chase Studios now, exchanged for all the crystals I could carry to California.
Spore Dispersal of Clathrus columnatus
The gooey green spore-mass of these wood chip-lovers smells like rotting meat. Attracted to the stench, flies get doused in goo, helping these "stinkhorns" expand their territory.
Field Guide Page
Symbiotic partnerships between some boletes and the trees they're partial to.
Butterfly / Oak
Found by the sinkholes in winter.
Sting Ray Egg Case
Post-Forest Fire Ecosystem, Glacier National Park
Ink and Watercolor. Made for an artist residency at Glacier.
Ross's photo of a drawing I made of a corner of a house that used to flood in Tallahassee