PROTEA Leucadendron, "Safari Sunset"
If you follow my blog, you know that when I see the topic on Illustration Friday each week, my first thoughts are often botanical ones. When the word "safari" popped up for this week, I was stumped. (Well, I did immediately think about Penelope Neal and her amazing images of African wildlife. If you're not familiar with all of her work, you owe yourself a visit to her website.) Then, I considered animal crackers (lions, rhinos) but after a couple of failed attempts, I ate the darn things and decided to leave cracker drawings to the wonderful Paula Pertile, and explore plants a bit more. After exhaustive research (thirty seconds on Google), I found this African plant in the protea family called...wait for it: "Safari Sunset"!
While I was out getting my caffeine fix today, I stopped in at my neighborhood flower shop. (I've been wanting to draw some protea for a while, but I usually see those big ones that have sort of fuzzy pink outer petals.) Believe it or not, this shop had the "Safari Sunset" protea, as well as the fuzzy "Pink Ice" variety. Such a bargain—for four dollars I brought home both, and since the shop owner said that they last quite a while, I may be drawing the other one soon...after I finish my box of animal crackers.