Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I wanted to go back and spend more time on the ground squirrels from 8/26/09. The moment I sat down to draw they made themselves invisible so I worked on drawing the scenery.
Afterwards, I headed back to draw an blue oak being consumed by Inonotus hispidus and, possibly, Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum). The fruiting I. hispidus is so lovely and I feel a bit conflicted about admiring it so when I see what dastardly things it does to the poor tree. I'm not sure if SOD is also involved. It kind of looks like it. In my experience, the I. hispidus doesn't make the tree look like it exploded from within. There are a lot of trees afflicted with SOD in Howarth Park, so it seems like a good possiblity.