October 17, 2016:
This morning was warm and shiny but by about 4pm, I saw the sky had become a grey haze. It was not just overcast. Oh no, it was that kind of late-afternoon, pre-sunset grey we start to get in New England as we move closer to winter and the shortest days of the year. Not that we’re there yet, but I really started to feel the transition today.
So it seemed like a good day to paint a moon flower. Moon flowers, including Ipomoea alba, open at night. Although Ipomoea alba is sometimes planted here, the plant is not native to New England. Sadly, these beautiful and delicate flowers can’t survive our harsh winter temperatures. Whereas we who live here learn/struggle to both survive the cold and stay open in the darkness.