Great Blue Heron Illustrations

12/28/2013 Gina BirdsIllustrations

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Watercolor About: The Great blue heron grows to about four feet tall and has a seven foot wingspan. They eat fish, frogs and other amphibians, snakes, rodents, and insects. They feed by standing in shallow water and spearing fish or frogs with their bill. They live in colonies of nests […]

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Pecan Tree Illustration

12/28/2013 Gina BotanicalNative/Indigenous Plants & Trees

Pecan Tree

Pecan Tree (Carya illinoinensis), Watercolor About: The Pecan Tree is a deciduous tree which grows up to 130 feet in height. The leaves are approximately twelve to eighteen inches in length. They are native to southern North America, and have been spread to Africa, as well as other continents. The word “Pecan” means “a nut […]

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Atlantic Puffin Illustrations

12/28/2013 Gina BirdsIllustrations

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Watercolor About: Atlantic Puffins are seabirds and the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean. They eat fish, which they catch by diving for them. Photographs often show puffins with numerous fish hanging out of their beaks at one time. The Atlantic Puffin mainly swims on the surface of the water to […]

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Belted Kingfisher Illustrations

12/27/2013 Gina BirdsIllustrations

Kingfisher Flying

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), Watercolor Pencil About: The belted kingfisher is the only kingfisher often found in the northern U.S. It was formerly in the genus Ceryle. Belted kingfishers nest in tunnels in sandbanks near lakes or streams. Their nests are dug by the parent kingfishers, and are often sloped uphill from the opening. This is […]

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Crimson Pitcher Plant Illustration

12/27/2013 Gina BotanicalNative/Indigenous Plants & Trees

Crimson Pitcher Plant

Crimson Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia leucophylla), Watercolor pencil & Watercolor About: The crimson pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant in the genus Sarracenia which includes from eight to eleven species.  It is found in wetlands in the southeast of the United States, particularly the Florida Panhandle (see distribution map of the genus at Wikipedia as well as the white […]

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Wild Rose Illustration

12/26/2013 Gina BotanicalCultured Flowers & House Plants

Wild Rose

Wild Rose (Rosa), Watercolor About: Roses are flowering shrubs. Most are deciduous and have five petals and five sepals. The fruit is called a rose hip, which are usually red and sometimes dark purple. Many birds will eat the Wild Rose’s hips and then disperse the flower’s seeds in their droppings. Some species of roses have […]

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Bird of Paradise Illustration

12/26/2013 Gina BotanicalCultured Flowers & House Plants

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae), Watercolor About: The bird of paradise flower is native to South Africa. However, the flower has made it to parts of Central and South America. The flower is cultivated commercially in California and Hawaii. It is usually pollinated by sunbirds. When the sunbirds land on the flower, the weight of […]

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American Lotus Illustration

12/25/2013 Gina Aquatic PlantsBotanical

American Lotus

American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea), Watercolor Pencil & Watercolor About: American lotus is perennial. It is also referred to as the “Yellow Lotus”. It is native in the United States in the Midwest, most eastern states, and California. It is endangered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but invasive in Connecticut. The leaves may be immersed or […]

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Cattail Illustration

12/25/2013 Gina Aquatic PlantsBotanical

Cattail

Cattails (Typha latifolia), Watercolor Pencil & Watercolor About: Cattails, or cat-tails, are aquatic and wetland plants and grow to about ten feet tall. They grow in marshes and ditches, however they are usually found in water that is up to four feet deep. The aquatic plant helps the dirt they are rooted in avoid erosion. […]

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Yellow Water Lily Illustration

12/25/2013 Gina Aquatic PlantsBotanical

yellow-water-lily

Yellow Water Lily (Nuphar lutea), Watercolor Pencil & Watercolor About: The yellow water lily is also called spatterdock, cow lily, and yellow pond lily. The flower of the plant has large yellow petals. The Yellow water Lilyis a perennial aquatic plant that has round or heart shaped leaves. These leaves can grow nearly 12 inches wide. The […]

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