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A heavy fog at morning – Green lawns blend to light blue mists – Cleared by noon – Bright sunlight – A strong blue atmosphere; objects in middle-ground a distinct flat blue...

Most of day in studio on “hollows” picture, with not much success... 

out the lake road to Pleasant avenue to see the dog-toothed violets — In countless numbers — also a find a small colony at the base of a large tree, of spring-beauties. Most of them the deep pink variety — We agreed they were second only to hepaticas as “the” flower of spring...

Working in the yard. A clear sunshiny day, with a cool wind from the north...

Saturday, Arthur & I went alone to my “Trillium Woods” south-east of Hamburg.  It was truly a “red-letter” day for me, and I hope for him. I had long looked forward to just such a trip as this, that I would take with my boy; from the time he was a helpless baby I thought of the time when he could tramp with me in the woods. And he measured up to my highest expectations, entering into and enjoying hugely all the little things I hoped he would.

To Zoar Valley Rd. sketching—A clear warm day—Took along the 1917 enlargement in which I wanted to use rail fence. My attempt to draw the fence is unsuccessful due both to the wrong light and to the fact that I had not digested the idea...

B & I to the “Great Woods”—A fine day...

Big morning – shower in night – great romantic sky – big rounded thunder heads rich pale OY in sun – fore-glow; Sun lights up clouds...

The beauty of hepaticas is almost agony – The exquisite shades of soft pink, lavender, and richer red-purple and blue violet, surrounded by the soft downy sepals & stems, have a fragile loveliness, among the harsh dry leaves of winter that evoke wistfully sad reveries...

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