SUMMER BRINGS BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS ON THE JOSHUA TREE AT LA JOLLA COVE. The blooms are high up & many visitors walk right underneath them never even seeing them. The waxy flowers with a tinge of green in the center on a gigantic flower stalk are stunning. Take a moment to enjoy the beauty around us.
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.
MIDDLE OF MAY 2014 – 2014 ART JOURNAL OF AN ARTIST LIVING BY THE SEA – This week was one filled with 8 San Diego Wild Fires & raging Santa Ana winds. It was 96 degrees at the coast, which is unheard of & broke records back to the 1950s. I put Chinese paper umbrellas over one of my shade plants to protect it from the blazing sun & drank iced peppermint tea to try to stay cool before the arrival of a portable air conditioner! It was just too hot to spend time at the beach & I only drove by to visit quickly. One afternoon was spent making greeting cards of a cute flower cart design. Lots of reading due to the heat. One day I stopped and took photos of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) flowers, which are blooming everywhere now & a lovely yard with a white picket fence & cascading roses caught my camera lens, too. This week I did paintings of cactus & desert wildflowers and one Goldfinch & Zinnia Japanese Etegami postcard.
One of the great advantages of my illustrated 2014 Art Journal is to count my blessings and to focus on the moments of beauty in my life. Art is a way to gratefulness for me.