We've been having a fairly severe drought here in Florida and we had a day of rain today. Nothing more than a drizzle, but definitely preferable to a quick hard shower that would have drained away before doing much good because the ground is so hard.
I went out this morning and did some more raking and clearing away. As always, I find that Nature rewards those who take the time to look and observe. I was gifted with a visit from a flock of Ibis, and one of them kindly left me a feather! When I first saw it, the feather had a brownish cast to it. I thought that odd as the birds appear to be white. I set it aside and when on with my raking.
Later, up closer to the walkway, I found a leaf that was already turning into a skeleton. Its color appeared almost white against the darker leaves and ground around it. I happen to see yet another that was curled and twisted. I picked it up and set it with the feather for later.
Upon returning to the studio late this morning, I drew out both and got busy painting the feather. I had laid it against a dark grey background to better see the vane. That's when I realized the feather now looked grey. When I held it up to the light I realized that it was nearly translucent! I'm not really sure that my sketch shows that, but it was kind of cool to see it up close.
As with the feather, upon closer inspection the leaf really was a pale shade of silver bordering on yellow. Depending on the background it rested on, the leaf also seem to change colors. It was interesting trying to find colors that would give an impression of translucency. Again, not sure I succeeded, but it was fun to try!