In additional to loblolly pine, I've also started working with materials from honeylocust trees. The forms created from honeylocust are reminiscent of the pieces I knitted for my Decomposition: Colony installations. Since smaller scale forms have a greater impact in large numbers, this particular "species" will likely encompass one of the largest groupings of the installation.
Acquiring these lovely thorns and branches required a hike in the forest, which I haven't experienced enough of lately in my disdain of summertime heat. I, of course, took a million photos of fungi and stopped to look at every rotting log. The rain this summer has resulted in an impressive amount of mycological activity, so I've resolved that a "just for fun" hike is in order in the very near future. I hope you got to enjoy the outdoors this weekend too.