Ink sketch with colour wash on Daler-Rowney Acid-free Heavy Weight 220gsm (135lbs) sketching paper in hand-made sketchbook – sketched in my garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.
Family: Fabaceae : Sub family: Mimosoideae
My Acacia karroo trees are dressed in their full green summer finery and what fascinates me is that, as soon as the end of the day nears, the fine, feathery bi-pinnate leaves start closing, folding together until the tiny leaves are tightly scrunched together, opening again early morning, as if to welcome another summer’s day with open arms – wonderful!
Also known as sweet thorn, Karroo thorn, mimosa thorn, cockspur thorn, Cape gum (English); soetdoring, doorn boom (Afrikaans), this tree is native to southern Africa from southern Angola east to Mozambique, and south to South Africa.
27th June 2016 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”