Pencast: Drawing a honey locust

Today I bring you a page from my naturalist’s notebook. For the 2013 Blogathon we had a video theme day on Monday, which I missed due to scheduling confusion. So I’m participating today, and instead of a video I’m posting a pencast.

What on Earth is a pencast? It’s a video created on a page using a LiveScribe Smartpen. For more information about how a Smartpen looks and works, watch my introductory Pencast from the woods.

I hope to use this more often for recording natural history, so here goes. I apologize for the wind sounds, but that comes with being outdoors. I also apologize for my halting speech, but at least I have managed to cut down on umms and ahhs. More comfort speaking off the top of my head will come with practice.

I was also going to apologize for the slow pace of this 7:53 video, but no. One of our purposes here at Speed River Journal is to slow down and pay closer attention. If you have the patience to spend these few minutes, I promise to work on making more informative and entertaining pencasts. Let me know what you think, and feel free to make suggestions.

Gleditsia triacanthos, the honey locust, is native to North America, but the thorns have been bred out of the specimen in our backyard. For more about this particular tree, read my Ode to an office window.

For best results:

  1. Click the play button.
  2. Click the fulls screen button in the upper right corner.
  3. Click “Set Display Mode” in the lower right.
  4. Select “Hide Preview”.


Pencast: Drawing a honey locust — 6 Comments

  1. Okay, I just LOVE this. I think you know I’ve been lusting after a livescribe pen for a while. You just pushed me over the edge…So much fun to just “watch” you draw.

    • Thanks, Barb. I didn’t realize you were interested in the Smartpen, but with your artistic skills I think you would get a big charge out this mode of expression. It’s a great tool for face-to-face interviews, and I’ve heard it can be used for recording phone interviews, too, but I haven’t figured that out yet.

  2. Van

    What a fun video! I loved your sentence and I find it to be so true “I’m afraid I’ve become more approximate in my representation of things as I grow older.”


    • Thanks, Jan! I have less patience for drawing than I did when I was young. Maybe with practice…it is like meditation?

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