Tigers, Peacocks, Flamingos & Pandas – Oh My! Such beauty at the San Diego Zoo. It was wonderful spending time with some of the volunteers there, too. I was happily surprised at all the education given to visitors there now. The educational exhibits are wonderful and some are interactive, too. Sometimes the animals couldn’t be seen because the foliage in their enclosures gives them the opportunity to stay out of sight. Really the San Diego Zoo is evolving in the right direction!
HANDMADE BLANK ART JOURNALS
The cover papers of these handmade blank books are beautiful handmade papers. The 14 double-sided (28 pages to paint or draw on) interior pages are 90 lb. Stonehenge paper, which is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Use it for watercolor, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil, or pastel. These books are made using a Coptic stitch in a traditional book-binding method. The books have a wonderful “hefty” feel to them, the page paper is thick. The cover can inspire art for the interior of the book: Blue fish could be a sketchbook of 28 sketches/paintings of fish, the Aqua marbled book could have sketches of ocean landscapes or planets, the colorful paper umbrella book could have sketches of your own hand-painted umbrellas or fans OR your blank books could hold your poetry and dreams. It’s up to you!
I’m still stopping by the roadsides & travelling around town to enjoy all the wild flowers blooming in San Diego after our wonderful rainy season this year that ended a 10-year drought. These photos are of the Los Penasquitos March Nature Preserve & Lagoon between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Reserve and State Beach. I was on the hunt today for wild California Buckwheat, which is a major source of nectar for butterflies & honey bees. The white flowers with a hint of pink clump together on top of woody stems with deep green leaves. Really lovely. While I was photographing the bees were buzzing! Of course there was more wild Mustard growing there and I was surprised to find tons of Prickly Pear Cactus there, too. Torrey Pines State Reserve is to the south and La Jolla appears in the distant landscape. Torrey Pines State Beach is a wonderful place to drive by early in the morning and see the Inshore Dolphins surfing the glassy waves. Really it is such magical world and I am so lucky.