CALIFORNIA IN WINTER – La Jolla’s California brown pelicans crowd the bluffs & soar in the sky. The adults have colorful winter plumage & blue eyes. The juvenile pelicans are brown and will not get adult plumage until they are 3 years old. Meanwhile the harbor seal colony rests on the beach with many pregnant seals who will soon give birth.
SAN DIEGO COASTAL WILD FLOWERS BLOOM AFTER THE RAIN. Four years ago I traveled the coast of San Diego County photographing and researching the wild flowers, which bloomed after our first rainy season in 10 years. These are a few of my photographs along with ink and black colored pencil drawings for my Pattern Series.
SUMMER TIME & THE LIVING IS EASY
A flock of surfers congregate offshore bobbing up & down waiting for non-existent waves. Pre-teens try to skip cobblestones at the wave’s edge. Tiny children joyously slip off their sandals & run back and forth on the sand while their adoring parents smile. A group of young people stand together on an old log with arms clasped, laughing while a photo is taken to commemorate this summer night. Their zest for life is contagious. How can they know at this tender young age, that these are the moments they will never forget? Dogs are brought to the beach to meet & greet each other on their evening walk while owners nod hello. Couples sitting close together murmur to each other cementing their relationship in a closed circle of two even while in a crowd. Two young men sit on the sand sharing thoughts & unspoken hopes and dreams. Surfers still arrive to the beach, late from work, but hoping for waves. They join their tribe commiserating that there is no surf. The parking lot, half-empty when I arrived, is full now with the daily migration to see the sunset & to mark the end of this summer’s day. The summer sun has made its journey north and now sets right off “The Point”. Silver, shining light shimmers on the horizon and reflects brightly on the gently moving sea lapping the shore. The moment has arrived & the sun becomes an orange globe filling the sky and our eyes with pure living light & color. Our hearts lighten just a bit, just now, here in this moment at the end of this lovely summer’s day.