Shot with Sony A5100 with 50mm lens.
The sweetest thing about June is wild strawberries. If you can find enough of them during the short window of time they are available, they really are a treat. The first year I foraged wild strawberries was in 2017 in a meadow in the Kawartha region of Ontario. I managed to find a lot and they were the most delicious fruit. That was the year I bought a camera and started to learn about photography and wild plants.
These are photos from 2017:
Since that year, I haven’t had another big harvest of wild strawberries. I currently live in a suburb and there are some growing along the hedge of the garden. Not nearly enough to enjoy them though.
Last year for my June bullet journal, I did a strawberry theme.
I so look forward to them every year.
I’ve been given a chance to review WAMA Hemp underwear since I have previously posted about eco-friendly and organic clothing on my blog.
It can be hard to find a good, natural fibre underwear brand so I was happy to give WAMA a chance.
My first impression of this brand was good – I like the packaging it came in. The underwear were folded nicely in a box with tissue paper. As opposed to when sometimes I have ordered organic clothing online and it just comes in a plastic shipping bag which is not as nice.
After over a month of wearing WAMA underwear now, I can now say with certainty that I like this product. They are comfortable, soft, fit nicely and the sizing is consistent throughout the styles of the boy short, thong and bikini. (Unlike another organic underwear brand I tried where the boy short fit but the other styles were way too small in the same size.)
I ordered one size up than I am according to their sizing chart and I found that this size is just right.
The fabric is nice and comfortable – a blend of 53% Hemp, 44% organic cotton and 3% spandex. It feels more durable than a pure cotton fabric. I have thrown my favourite pairs in the wash almost every other day for the past couple months (since I have a baby now and do laundry that frequently) and they got softer but they are not at all flimsy like pure cotton underwear can be.
I like the stitching on the underwear and the tags sewn in make it seem higher quality. The elastic bands are sturdy but soft.
These are the three styles I tried:
Hipster : These are my favourite. They fit snuggly but don’t show through jeans. So comfortable you don’t even notice them. And the colours are nice. They come in black, green and a mustard colour. Green is a favourite colour of mine so I like those best.
Bikini : Finally a bikini style underwear that I’m happy with. I don’t even notice I’m wearing them yet the seam doesn’t make a dent in my skin, so I can wear them under jeans no problem.
Thongs: I feel these ones a tiny bit, but I have always been picky with this style. I’m pretty sure that if you’re an every day thong-wearer it wouldn’t bother you as much. Nonetheless I still wear them since the fabric is nice and breathable and the seams and elastic don’t groove into my skin.
Overall, I think WAMA hemp underwear are quite good and I’m happy to have them. They fit snug and they are soft with a breathable fabric which, being made of hemp has natural anti-bacterial qualities.
Last night I was able to capture the sunset crescent with a 50mm portrait lens on my Sony A5100 mirrorless camera as well as my iphone. I have been waiting to try to capture the sunset crescent since the summer, but every month it has been too cloudy.
What luck that it was clear last night when Venus was visible as well! Sunset crescents a couple days after the new moon are spectacular enough on their own with a pink, purple or orange glow on the horizon as the faint sliver moon comes into sight. With Venus visible as well, this made it extra special.
I’ve been following EarthSky.org lately to try to start learning about astronomy and to keep updated with anything interesting going on with celestial movements.
Here’s a shot with my Iphone, which is probably just as good as my 50 mm lens :
And here’s with my camera and lens:
I really want to start nature journaling as we come into the New Year, so I thought this was a great subject to start with. My white paint for the moon and star wasn’t showing up (eek!). Not the prettiest painting, but the point is to practice and learn.
I’m using a Moleskin Art + Sketch journal for recording nature. I didn’t try to do a sky painting on these pages since it requires a lot of water and I think the pages can only handle a light wash.
Anyways, cheers to the return of the sun in the North and a New Year.
This year, I attempted to keep up with a bullet journal. I’m not clear on what the exact definition of a bullet journal is, but from what I see on social media it seems to be a personalized journal and planner often with your own doodles or sketches.
I say attempt, because I had a baby last winter so I definitely don’t have too much down-time for creative things. Hence why I didn’t really start my calendar designs until April this year.
I thought it was a great idea to design a a monthly planner spread because it forced me to practice drawing and calligraphy, even if it was only once a month. I also love to learn about plants in my area of the world, so every month I chose a plant that is prominent for that time. This helps me to keep up with learning about nature by drawing the plants and reading up on their history and uses – I wanted to include information about the plants in my planners with accompanying designs and calligraphy, but time was an issue this year. That’s what I’m hoping to do going forward – a planner that helps keep you interactive with nature and the seasons.
Anyways, it’s now already half way through October and it occured to me to share my designs on my blog. For this month, I chose crabapples.
I based the sketch on a photo I took :
And now the rest of my designs in reverse chronological order :
For September I chose wild grapes, which are still everywhere in my area. I love the sight of the grapes, demonstrating a ripening of Summer into Fall.
For August I chose chicory flowers for my cover design, and then wild lilies for the calendar.
Wild roses were the theme for July …
Wild Strawberries for June …
For May, my calendar remained incomplete, but my cover design was apple blossoms.
And violets for April :