I've never looked at nature quite the same since attending the Spencerian Saga in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. It was there I learned that Platt Rogers Spencer himself took his cue from the oval shapes of the stones he found on the shores of Lake Erie to create the lovely and lively ornamentation of his Spencerian hand. According to Wikipedia, "...because paper was difficult to obtain at the time, Spencer wrote on birch tree bark, sand, ice, snow, the fly-leaves of his mother's Bible and, by permission of a cobbler, the leather in his shop."
Surely these about-to-burst magnolia blossoms in my front yard this morning could inspire some lovely letterforms! If nothing else, they say that Spring is surely on its way.