Some of My Favorite Places on Earth

Full Moon, from 30,000 feet above Earth's surface.
Full Moon, from 30,000 feet above Earth's surface somewhere over Mexico.

This morning’s spectacular Moon-Venus occultation was a splendid kick-off to this year’s Earth Day. I didn’t see the actual event itself (not knowing about it until afterwards, drat it) but stepped, awestruck, outside in the dark to admire the close pairing of the two.

This morning's moon, photographed from the surface of Earth.
This morning's moon, photographed from Earth's surface near Norman, Oklahoma

In honor of Earth Day I’m thinking of planet and places with personal meaning. Here are a few I’d like to share:

Lagoon, Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Lagoon, Barro Colorado Island, Panama
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BCI Lagoon, Pen and ink plein air drawing

Marsh near Petersham, Massachusetts
Marsh near Petersham, Massachusetts. Five marvelous months well-spent in the Harvard Forest, drawing trees and everything else in view.
Skunk Cabbage at Moccasin Brook, Petersham, Massachusetts
Skunk Cabbage at Moccasin Brook, Petersham, Massachusetts. Watercolor on Somerset Velvet paper.
Salt flats on Buffalo Creek, Selman Ranch, Oklahoma
Salt flats on Buffalo Creek, Selman Ranch, Oklahoma
Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru
Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru
Strangler fig, Peru. Graphite and pastel on Rives BFK, drawn plein air in the Amazon rainforest, Peru.
Strangler fig, Peru. Graphite and pastel on Rives BFK, drawn plein air in the Amazon rainforest, Peru.
Fall color in New Hampshire
Fall color in New Hampshire
Wild turkey field sketch, New Hampshire
Wild turkey field sketch, New Hampshire. Drawn from Cindy's studio window.
Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes, California
Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes, California. One of my top five places on Earth: rugged, atmospheric, cold, warm, magnetic, and calming.
Le Doux Street, Taos, New Mexico
Le Doux Street, Taos, New Mexico. My grandparents moved to Taos in 1949, and it is my southwestern touchstone forever more.
The place I call home: my Oklahoma garden.
The place on earth I call my home: my Oklahoma garden.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

4 thoughts on “Some of My Favorite Places on Earth

  1. Mary says:

    All of this is so good…the salt flats! That’s beautiful!

    Each photo and watercolor is mesmerizing but what I like most is your Oklahoma garden. Yes – perfect.

  2. Julie Zickefoose says:

    Gratitude: the most essential and yet most often overlooked sense. This post is full of it. And I adore your p. chicken sketches. I’d be unable to resist seeing them (and capturing them) through the lens–bravo to you for sketching them!

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