Natural Communities of NC – Sketchbook

These double-page drawings are from a field sketchbook of North Carolina native habitats and natural communities in the coastal plain, piedmont, and mountain regions of the state. Each drawing shows characteristic details of each habitat on a particular day and season. Coastal Plain habitat sketches are Shelter Creek, Black River, Croatan National Forest, Shaken Creek Savannas, and Holly Shelter. Piedmont sketches are Mitchell Mill Flatrock, Picture Creek Diabase Glade, Flower Hill, B.W.Wells Natural Area, Swift Creek, Raven Rock, and Haw River,  Mountain habitats are Moses Cone, Rich Mountain Gap and Little River, Waterfalls, and Cedar Rock, all in Dupont State Forest. Click thumbnails to see each whole page.

Artwork copyright © 2013 by Betty Lou Chaika. No images may be copied, displayed, reposted, or republished without express consent of the artist.

Shelter Creek Paddle Trip

Mitchell Mill Flatrock State Natural Area

Black River Paddle Trip

Croatan National Forest, Island Creek Trail

Shaken Creek Savannas in Autumn

Picture Creek Diabase Glade

Flower Hill Rhododendron Bluffs

B.W. Wells Natural Area

Swift Creek Bluffs

Raven Rock State Park

Raven Rock State Park

Haw River State Park

Rich Mountain Gap

Moses Cone State Park

Holly Shelter Gamelands

Dupont State Forest, Cedar Rock Mountain

Dupont State Forest, Waterfalls

Dupont State Forest, Little River

6 Responses

  1. Moksha

    Thank you so much , Dear Sister, for your beautiful work of honoring nature and sharing it with the world.

    • Betty Lou

      And thank you, Moksha, for your music which is such a sweet gift to the world as well

  2. Marcia E Herman

    Wow! These are so well crafted and beautifully executed. Among the best I have ever seen. And what a lot of wonderful observation and visiting of nature they represent. Thank you for sharing.

    • Betty Lou

      Thanks, Marcia. I value your opinion, knowing that you are an intimate observer of nature as well!

    • Betty Lou

      Jude, thanks, I’d like to hear more about your interest in nature journaling.

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