Nature artists! Those flowering plants we have been learning to sketch are what we depend upon for food. When the good Lord gave the seed-bearing and green plants for food, ** humans were well-provided for. Our farms, fields, and gardens grow mostly angiosperms. Thanks to Wikipedia, here’s a list of our food choices, and also food choices for livestock:
Fabaceae, or legume family, which includes beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, peanuts for humans; alfalfa and clover for livestock.
Flowering plants also provide economic resources such as wood, paper, fiber (cotton, flax, and hemp, among others). They provide medicines (digitalis, camphor), and have many other uses including decorative and landscaping plants.
Non-flowering plants (gymnosperms) are equally important to human use. These are the coniferous trees (Pinales) for timber and paper production. Artists, we will turn our attention to the conifers at another sketching session.
♥ While you work on your outdoor sketches, take a moment to gratefully acknowledge these hardworking plants that keep us alive. We are surrounded by a living garden of abundance.
**NIV GEN 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.