TODAY WAS ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE ALL THE YEARS OF VOLUNTEERING TO PROTECT THE SEALS CAME TO FRUITION – 166 Harbor seals on the beach, more than 70 people staying respectfully behind the rope with crowds of people coming & going for 7 hours without incident. This is what we have worked for years to achieve. To hear the joy & delight of visitors coming to see the seals for the very first time brought tears to my eyes. & the pregnant seals were able to rest peacefully. Hercules, the previously rescued male sea lion, showed up to take a nap with the harbor seals. One little harbor seal about 8 months old gave Hercules the slapping motion to stay away! The tide was coming in & big waves were breaking over the seawall. The waves flushed the Cormorants off of Seal Rock and the flock of birds all swam out to sea together. There was a rainbow in the ocean spray against the cliffs, too. Sunset came & went without fanfare today because the clouds are moving in. We are supposed to be getting rain tomorrow maybe, but not today. Today was a little piece of heaven. I carry this beauty in my heart.
I can’t seem to stop painting small 3″ x 4″ paintings, which I will use to make greeting cards and a handmade book. I cut up a stack of paper & just keep thinking of more & more subjects to paint in this tiny format. – Japanese brush painting with iridescent water colors added.