For several years, I was fascinated with the tradition of scientific illustration, so I taught myself this exacting craft. I volunteered as an unofficial artist in residence for a species inventory (ATBI) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which gave me the opportunity to be a visual explorer, often illustrating species that were new to science. I also got to look very closely at interesting microscopic structures for long, long periods of time. I learned a lot about insects, myxomycetes (slime molds) and other little things that run the world.
I hope you enjoy looking at my images as much as I enjoyed making them.
This lace bug, Acalypta duryi, lives in and eats moss.
An Ash Midrib Gall.
Squaw root, Conopholis americana, is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of oak trees.
Crayfish claw, found on a trail by a creek in North Georgia. Dukes Creek if I remember correctly.
A grape tendril clinging to a leaf.
Diachaea arboricola, a newly described species of slime mold from Great Smoky Mts ATBI.
Striped maple buds in winter.
A Hister beetle from Brazil
Lamproderma arcyrionema, a slime mold
Ligdia wagneri, a newly described speces from the Great Smoky Mts ATBI, named after caterpillar expert Dave Wagner.
Mimosa seed pods
Cordyceps sp…. on unlucky pupae
Venus fly trap with ant
Neophylax kolodskyi, a newly described species of caddisfly from the Great Smoky Mountains ATBI. Named after a park ranger who died tragically.
Another slime mold — Physarum viride. This one is my favorite.
The abandoned coccoon of a Polyphemus moth.