Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Seeds, Berries, Fruit, and an Abstract - Chamisa

I am in the mood today for an abstract, so here is "Chamisa." This is an original oil painting, sized 11 x 14 inches, and available in My Etsy Store.

Chamisa oil 11x14


Remember all of the beautiful blooms I showed you this spring?
They have now given way to fruits, berries, and seed pods that I can't resist showing you. This is the Prickly Pear fruit. It's usually called Tuna, or sometimes Pear Apples. It is red to dark purple, and probably about the size of 2 large thumbs puts together. Goat and cattle eat the fruit. Our goats used to have little red mouths from their munching! It was too cute. The Tuna is also food for us people, and it's made into jellies, syrups, and wines.

The wild persimmon's fruit hasn't ripened yet, it will turn black, and it's about the size of a quarter.

The trees are full of these seed pods. Those that haven't dropped their seeds are a listening delight in the wind. The beans are all pretty dried up now, and as you're walking past, the breeze makes each of these pods sound like a tiny rattle! With tree after tree this full, it's a wonderful sound.

The variety of beans is amazing. We have long purple ones,

creamy colored ones,

tiny seed pods,

and more purple brown ones.

Berries are just as varied, with yellow orange ones,

shiny red berries, (look at those thorns!)

and red/orange berries.

The grasses dance in the breeze, scattering their seeds.

Until next time!
They just seem so happy.

31 comments:

ZudaGay said...

Chamisa is beautiful!! Love the colors and movement!! Oh what lovely things you have to see in your part of the world!!! Thank you so much for sharing them!

Rose said...

Lovely painting Jean :) and Wow my prickly pears aren't even blooming yet. I love seeing the plant pictures.

Laura Winslow Godsil said...

Very cool pictures.Lots of similar plants doing there thing here in arizona also. Very nice work.

Linda Blondheim said...

Cool Beans Jean!!
Love,
Linda

Anonymous said...

Love the new pictures!!

Janis

Lily Pang said...

Jean, it is really splendid. I love it!

William F. Renzulli said...

Great painting...it sings with color and excitement.

LeaKarts said...

Gorgeous painting! Such wonderful colors and texture.

Bob Johnson said...

Beautiful painting, and the photos are awesome, you have such a variety of plant life.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Zuda, thank you so much! Next time, I think I'll show some of the birds on our patio fountain.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Rose, our prickly pears bloom most often in early April. Where do you live?
Thanks for the comment!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Laura, Thank you for visiting! Years ago I had relatives in the Tucson area, and yes, the terrain is similar. Pretty much desert, but we do have more foliage than there. Isn't it monsoon season?

Stop by again!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Linda, yes, cool beans!! Thank you for visiting. Give a little pet to Henry for me!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Janis, glad you stopped by!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Lily, thank you so much! I'm so glad you checked it out!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Bill, I'm glad you caught me not doing a floral! I occassionally do abstracts. I've been loving your posts, we have chickens!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Bob, I'm so glad you visited! Yes, this is an amazing place for flora and fauna!
I love your blog - all of that stuff fascinates me (technically speaking) I subscribed.

cynthia said...

Very cool painting, Jean - love the hot, hot colors against the cool blue.

I love seed pods - there's some kind of tree here that produces large pods in the fall. I always like to bring a few home with me (the ones that fall on the ground)

John said...

Why would a plant have such pretty berries and such dangerous thorns?

Do they only want them eaten by birds so they disperse fiurther?

What would be the evolutionary reason? Maybe just to avoid leaves being eaten. That must be it.....

The painting is beautiful but I also appreciate your ove of your country side. Botany and patriotism, rolled into one.....

My best.

Tommy Thompson said...

Jean, Your abstract painting is beautiful. That one will surely not be around your studio long. Also your photos are so very interesting; you obviously have lots of fun in Texas!

All the Best,
Tommy and Marie Thompson

Jean Levert Hood said...

Cynthia, I'm glad you like the painting. The pods really are interesting. I kept taking photos, and the ones that are opened with beans still attached started to really catch my eye. May be another painting coming!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey John!
Most everything out here in the desert either sticks, stings or both! So many of of plants have large thorns, even some of the trees!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Tommy and Marie, So glad you visited! Yes, this area of Texas is quite beautiful, but these 100+ degree days make me want spring again!

Thank you for the lovely comment on Chamisa!

Kandas - Custom Furniture Consultant said...

Oh I love the Hill Country. We live in the Piney Woods, so in April when you have the lovely cactus blooms, we have that lovely yellow pine pollen on our cars. Well, that and the wild flowers in all the roadside ditches. Beautiful photography and Chamisa is lovely, too.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Kandas,
I used to live in a neighborhood called "The Oaks", and we had that lovely green stuff in the spring!

Now, how about if we call the ditch flowers "Piney Woods Spring Blossoms!" My family is in Louisiana, and ditch flowers are abundant. And, too often overlooked in their beauty because they are "ditch" flowers!!

Thanks so much for visiting, I'll see you at Interior Design!

Shea said...

Beautiful. and also, I love your garden

MagdaleneJewels said...

Jean - I don't know which is more beautiful, your painting or photo's - thank you for sharing your students at work. You have so many talents, I can't begin to say which I love most! Great and interesting blog!

Kris Cahill said...

Great painting, Jean! Your work always inspires me with its fresh quality.

I appreciate your many photos of the local flora and fauna. Love the fruits, beans, and seeds. I agree with Linda here, cool beans!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Shea, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Magdalene, what a lovely compliment! Thank you so very much. I truly appreciate it!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Kris!
I can't thank you enough for that comment! and I hope people check out your work, it is very inspiring!
I love nature out here. Never ceases to amaze me, and in the best of worst of seasons and weather, there is beauty to be found.