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Late Summer on the South Platte by HedwigtheStrange Late Summer on the South Platte :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 8 0 Aquilegia and Hyles by HedwigtheStrange Aquilegia and Hyles :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 24 2 Selkie Tale Part I by HedwigtheStrange Selkie Tale Part I :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 1 0 Selkie Tale Part II: Dragon and Pearl by HedwigtheStrange Selkie Tale Part II: Dragon and Pearl :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 5 0 I Will Devour You by HedwigtheStrange I Will Devour You :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 8 9 Polyphylla decemlineata by HedwigtheStrange Polyphylla decemlineata :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 23 8 Consul fabius cecrops by HedwigtheStrange Consul fabius cecrops :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 57 8 Atlides halesus by HedwigtheStrange Atlides halesus :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 28 4 Ancksunamun by HedwigtheStrange Ancksunamun :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 75 1 Impatiens capensis, or Spotted Jewelweed by HedwigtheStrange Impatiens capensis, or Spotted Jewelweed :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 25 21 A Perfect Couple by HedwigtheStrange A Perfect Couple :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 1 4 Ground Beetles by HedwigtheStrange Ground Beetles :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 9 6 Entomologist Mother's Day Card by HedwigtheStrange Entomologist Mother's Day Card :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 6 3 Phanaeus demon by HedwigtheStrange Phanaeus demon :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 18 13 Caterpillar Head Anatomy by HedwigtheStrange Caterpillar Head Anatomy :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 37 12 Fountainea eurypyle by HedwigtheStrange Fountainea eurypyle :iconhedwigthestrange:HedwigtheStrange 44 27


Ferengi Profit by AWESwanky Ferengi Profit :iconaweswanky:AWESwanky 24 3 Good Day Sunshine by LimeGreenSquid
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Good Day Sunshine :iconlimegreensquid:LimeGreenSquid 17 16
The Ancients by Nate-Zeman The Ancients :iconnate-zeman:Nate-Zeman 1,246 75 Erase by windfalcon Erase :iconwindfalcon:windfalcon 432 39 Spotted Coralroot Orchid by Photosynthetic430 Spotted Coralroot Orchid :iconphotosynthetic430:Photosynthetic430 5 0 Blue Camas by Photosynthetic430 Blue Camas :iconphotosynthetic430:Photosynthetic430 35 4 Fox by Skia Fox :iconskia:Skia 2,696 131 Great Horned Owl by teaganwhite Great Horned Owl :iconteaganwhite:teaganwhite 4,568 248 The Sentinel: Color by pallanoph The Sentinel: Color :iconpallanoph:pallanoph 642 24 Boar of the Woods: Final by pallanoph Boar of the Woods: Final :iconpallanoph:pallanoph 829 37 carryon by Defectorillustration carryon :icondefectorillustration:Defectorillustration 499 32 Deroplatys dessicata by ElorenArt Deroplatys dessicata :iconelorenart:ElorenArt 28 9 We Three Kings by EWilloughby We Three Kings :iconewilloughby:EWilloughby 304 41


I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I my last entry! It's been a busy and most excellent year. This summer, I've had the pleasure of working with the US Forest Service, which has been exhausting and brilliant. I've been hiking all over the Pike National Forest getting attacked by goshawks, hooting to owls (a legit survey method!), tracking Abert's squirrels, hugging Ponderosa Pines (to putting flagging around them mostly, but I've been known to hug a tree just because), netting bats, watching the caterpillar of a threatened butterfly species hatch from its egg (which could be the first time anyone has ever observed this), and watching the budding, blooming, fruiting, and dying of the wildflowers. It's been truly amazing. I don't want to make my life seem like it's all sparkles and no grit, so I will add that the massive amount of hiking has made for severe chafing in embarrassing places, and that I am an absolute disaster at parking our gigantic boat of a work truck (seriously, I'm the only person in our office who has to have someone get out of the truck every single time and help direct me so I can back into a parking spot).

Summer field work is winding down again, but happily I have secured some work for the winter. I'm looking forward to autumn (PUMPKINS AND CIDER!!!) and to working on more art. I haven't posted much art lately because most of what I've been drawing is related to getting married. Did I mention, I'm engaged? I am, to my awesome glassblowing man-critter! So I've been drawing the invitations, save-the-dates, bookmark favors, and a new family crest, plus designing gowns and my man-critter's outfit. So, sadly, I don't really expect to make a whole bunch of scientific art in the next year (although, you can bet your ass that the wedding artwork is both nature-themed and scientifically accurate).

So that's my life right now. What's going on in yours?
  • Listening to: Therion (still and probably forever)
  • Reading: USFS Manual to Identifying Old Ponderosa Pines
  • Watching: My Fair Wedding (don't look at me like that)
  • Eating: Zucchini Muffins
  • Drinking: Irish Breakfast Tea with Half and Half


HedwigtheStrange's Profile Picture
entomological enthusiast
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a research technician by day and an amateur scientific illustrator and volunteer museum curator by night.

Oh yeah, and I like fantasy books, making myself sick on sweets, and men with long hair. I even got married to a dude with long hair! (see above)




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omnicogni Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the Llama!
omnicogni Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   General Artist
nice work too!
ChiakiNeko Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   General Artist
For an amateur scientific illustrator you are quite good!! I especially love the colors and details in your butterflies. Keep up the wonderful work :)
kpelto-illustration Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the favorite! I got led to all these butterflies..! :heart:
HedwigtheStrange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! Your work is lovely!
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Hi! :wave:
You've been featured in my journal, here: [link] :iconblueheartplz: :icon1stbutterflykiss: :iconblueheartplz:
HedwigtheStrange Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VanessDam Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for inviting me to the Bioillustration group, I'm honnored. There are so many amazing artwork there. And YOUR art is brillant!
I am hoping to do more animal and botany works in the future, hopefully they will be as good as yours :)
HedwigtheStrange Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is excellent - BioIllustration is honored to have you as a member! We can't wait to see more of your work! And thank you for the compliments - I'm very flattered!
VanessDam Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I am the one who is very flattered! Thank you for your kind words :)
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