Atriplex limbata (Saltbush)
Why did you get involved with the Beckler Project ?
I became involved in the Project in a roundabout way. I must admit the lure of a trip/adventure to the outback was what enticed me initially. I can say now that I have been fully exposed to the Project and what it entails, and am keen to continue being involved and to contribute in what way I can.
|Shu's work space, showing the specimen and her drawing on tracing paper. (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)|
What attracted your plant, Atriplex limbata?
|Atriplex limbata (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson)|
It is a saltbush, from the Chenopdiaceae family.
I was drawn to its pale minty colour, and hardy structure (the leaves, stems, fruit are fairly robust and could withstand a bit of handling). It turned out to be a good choice for me as I have a preference for drawing in pencil and I believe the pale colour of the plant would work well if presented in graphite, with potentially a hint of colour using dry brush technique.
|A unique way of holding the specimen upright while keeping it in water!|
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)
How are you going about your drawing?
|I like drawing tiny things!|
Have you enjoyed your time at Menindee?
Yes, thoroughly! It was good to do something that was, for me, completely out of the ordinary and I look forward to making a trip out to Menindee with the BBBs again sometime in the near future.