During the Christmas holidays I didn't have much time to go to the Amsterdam Forest and
unfortunately I didn't have much time to draw either.

Today I had a walk in a mostly bare Amsterdam Forest when I noticed a dark shape hanging in
a tree. The dark shape hung at eye level.
At first I thought it was trash, a lost glove or a broken bicycle saddle. 
Taking a look up close it
turned out to be a dead crow! 
It was such a curious image... I took a number of photos to
work from later.

I could not leave the crow hanging like that. I imagined the poor animal hanging from the tree
until it would rot and fall apart.

With the help of a plastic bag I easily got the crow out of the tree. Doing this I found that the
animal, apart from some bone fractures, had no wounds and probably fell down dead and got
stuck on its way down.

Once I had the animal in my hands I decided to take it home to draw. The result is the three
pages above.
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Last time I wrote I hardly saw any fungi anywhere but for the past two weeks they've
been popping up like crazy 😊

The shaggy inkcap couple in the middle of the page is the same couple with a one-week
interval 🍄
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Lately I haven't seen a lot of mushrooms, just the Common ink cap or Inky cap.
Leaving the Amsterdam Forest I noticed a weird looking bushy thing next to the bicycle path.
It was roundish and quite small.

At first I thought it was a bird's nest but when I cycled back and gave the thing a proper look it
ended up being a bunch of roots. Probably some kind of reed.

When I picked it up I noticed a cluster of gray blueish things the size of woodlice but it turned
out to be tiny mussels! 
Very empty and very dead.
Maintenance has been very busy preparing the forest for the flowering season. They've been
cutting, weeding and sawing. Also along the waterfront. So this find is probably a remnant of
that dragged into the forest by a dog 😄
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Today just a few forest treasures I found the other day 🌳🍂🍃 
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I love trees. As a child I did not go to forests very often. My father has difficulty walking, so
uneven ground was avoided during family outings. My dad did introduce me to the drawn
trees by Jean Dulieu and Marten Toonder. Trees with character so to say.

These are my favourites, trees with knots, trees with twisted branches, trees with roots that
seem out to have you trip over them.

Last Wednesday my friend Joyce and I went out for a walk in the surroundings of Valkeveen,
Naarden and we came across this tree. Unfortunately this tree has passed but it's still
beautiful, I would like to draw every knot.

At the foot of the tree a group of fairy inkcaps pushed their way through the already
cracked bark.

Life dies off and gives life again🍃
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