In my new quest to sketch more from life, I did a few sketches while I was taking my dog for a walk at an old mining area near Castlemaine called Vaughan Springs.
Castlemaine/Daylesford area is known for its gold mining and mineral springs and these were combined at Vaughan Springs. There is a lovely park there were you can walk along tasting the different springs, they are all supposed to taste differently, but I am not a connoisseur and they all taste pretty awful to me.
We walked along the creek for a little while until we came to Central Spring, so I did this sketch of the spring pump beside the stream. Hannah went hunting through the undergrowth trying to catch some rabbits. She wasn’t too impressed by the halt to her walk and kept coming up and putting her nose in journal, then huffing and heading off on further adventure. Its a tough life for a dog putting up with all these silly human notions that spoil a good walk.
On the way back we passed by these fir trees in ‘flower’ just laden with pollen, I couldn’t resist tapping them to see the pollen fly and that was so much fun I tugged on the branch and was nearly engulfed by the pollen. Not such a great idea I didn’t stop sneezing for the next 10 minutes.
When I got home I did the sketch of a Douglas fir cone I found on the way. I just love sketching, and just don’t know why I don’t do it more.