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Lara Gastinger  Botanical artist, illustrator, documenter and interpreter of all things exquisite and awesome in nature.Copyright Lara Call Gastinger 2018.

Hello spring! It is s great time to start a #lgperpetualjournal - you can see within this spread so many notes about this particular week in March over the past years....sometimes chickweed (Stellaria),violets, and commonplace purple dead nettle (Lamium) are already in bloom while other years are a bit slower (with late March snows!).
Just obtain a blank journal, date the weeks/months however you’d like and keep repeating through it all year. Best part, there is no guilt or stress if you miss a day or week- you can get it the following year. 🙌 #equinox #firstdayofspring #optoutside #spring #journal

In my garden now, winterbor/curly kale. Such a great challenge to paint one small leaf. #kale #garden

#cville - Looking to spend more mindful moments outside as spring arrives next week? Next Friday - lunchtime journal class. Contact me or visit my website.
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” - E.O. Wilson .
#journal #spring #optoutside

For ten years I had the honor of being a botanical illustrator for The Flora of Virginia project after receiving a masters in plant ecology from #virginiatech .
If you’d like to learn more about The Flora (there’s a great app with my illustrations 👌) or find out what it’s like to be a botanical illustrator and artist, join me this Thursday in Blacksburg at The Hahn Horticulture Garden (seminar at 10, workshop at 12:30). Register via Virginia Tech website. #vtfora #botany #floraofvirginia

Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) was blooming yesterday in my backyard. 🌱 Today, it’s dusting snow. ❄️ #twinleaf #jeffersonia

Looking to start and keep a journal? Journals for kids, families, gardens, trips or weekly nature observations (such as my #lgperpetualjournal ...)
Join me!
🌱 @wildrockva on March 17th (sign up on their website).
🌱 #cville lunch time Friday sketching - Once a month- starts March 23rd, April 27, May 25 (sign up on my website)
#optoutside #journal #charlottesville

Depending where you are, you might be seeing signs of spring or it all might be covered in snow. I’ve heard that Spring moves north about 18 miles day?...🌱#spring #journal #lgperpetualjournal

I’m getting pretty excited for spring and just seeded some early plants yesterday (kale, broccoli raab, carrots). Though there is a little cold pause (and snow for the NE), spring is on its way. 🌱

Skunk cabbage blooming about a week ago. What a sight to find it in the woods! #skunkcabbage #spring #journal #lgperpetualjournal

It’s almost March and Magnolia stellata (star magnolia) is blooming and my Jeffersonia diphylla (twinleaf) is emerging. #spring #lgperpetualjournal

Learning to use a pen is a great introduction into botanical art and observing the world around you. I have many pen classes coming up that might fit your schedule! See my website and the link in my bio. #penclass #pen

It was a fun discovery yesterday to look closely at the elm buds from the tree in my backyard. I had always thought it was Ulmus americana but think it is Ulmus rubra. Anyways, it was amazing to look at close up and even see the tiny pollen grains under the dissecting scope. There are amazing things happening in your backyard and I hope you can find a new discovery! #optoutside #journal

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