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.
Sometimes you just know that its going to be a perfect day by the sea. Your first glimpse of the ocean with a fluffy cloud-filled sky on the horizon takes your breath away. You pray for a parking space anywhere close by so you can run to the sea.
& the sea never disappoints. The sea is a constant ever-changing living thing with moods & emotions. Today the sea lavender flowers bloom at the edge of the bluffs and the lavender is the perfect complement to the azure sea. Perfect.
It’s spring in San Diego. Last night it rained & today the sky is clear, the sun shines & there is a soft breeze.
The harbor seal pups float above sea grass in a diamond-studded sea.
Bright orange Garibaldi fish peek out from under the tide pools in the crystal-clear water.
Harbor seals swim in the bright turquoise sea. Perfect.
Mother harbor seals embrace their pups & smile a perfect smile.
Pelicans soar overhead with breathless flight. Perfect.
A few sea lions even swim by for a visit on this lovely day.
I walk by a couple facing the view and hear the husband say “It’s like a painting isn’t it?” & I hear the catch in his throat. Indeed. It is the most beautiful place on earth. It is a perfect day.
& every turn in my walk just brings more & more beauty. A pelican on the bluff has angel wings! I stop & stare. I always knew this place was a little piece of heaven. Perfect. Just perfect.