SANDERLING SHOREBIRD – ILLUSTRATED WATERCOLORS IN A HANDMADE DOUBLE-SIDED ACCORDION BOOK. The format of this book is very easy to make. The book has 2 covers because the book opens 2 ways. The covers are my photographs of Sanderlings in Pacific Beach. One side of the book opens to a mural painting & the other side of the book opens to a book with pages.
Big news in La Jolla with a bluff collapse that closed up a sliver of a cave near Casa Beach. What causes these bluff collapses? Hard to say because sandstone is weak to begin with, but with the El Nino storms & high tides this winter it is likely that the waves were undercutting the base of the cliff. Even the little bit of rain that arrived could have weakened the cliff & caused this bluff collapse. It’s interesting to pull up a photo from 2015 and see right through to the beach. Now in 2016 there is only a big closed square with tumbling blocks of shale that collapsed to the bottom. There have been other bluff collapses here with an arch off of Sunset Cliffs that had been there forever collapsed this winter, too. California coast has been retreating or eroding for more than 18,000 years, but still it is a surprise to see tons of sandstone & shale collapse. The Native American Kumeyaay Indians in this area called La Jolla the “land of holes” because of all the sea-level caves between La Jolla Shores & the La Jolla Cove. I always thought that La Jolla meant “The Jewel”, but recently read that the Spanish settlers here transcribed it in error to “The Jewel”. I like knowing that it is the “Land of Holes”, but also think of this part of La Jolla as “The Jewel” due to all the wild life that lives in this area. Continue reading
AS SUMMER COMES TO AN END THE BEACHES RETURN TO OPEN SPACE – The beaches are wide & empty & the setting sun glistens in the sheen of water on the sand. Local surfers chat a bit before heading out for a few final waves before the sun sets. The sky lights up with silver rays that turn golden as the sun drops down to the sea. The sun setting is wrapped in dove gray clouds as if the earth is gently putting the sun to bed for the night.