SAN DIEGO NATIVE WILD FLOWERS – A series of watercolor botanical & landscape illustrations of the wild flowers that bloomed all over the coast after a wonderful winter rainy season that ended a 10-year drought. I spent a few weeks driving up and down the coast photographing all the wild flowers blooming. My latest addition is the blooming Prickly Pear Cactus, but it all started with the clouds of Wild Mustard flowers taking over the bluffs & lagoons. I carry this beauty in my heart.
Birds, birds, birds. Everywhere I look right now on the coast in La Jolla, there are birds!
The bluffs are filled with Cormorant nests & some chicks there have arrived! The chicks that are just starting to get big have downy black feathers, which are like black velvet. When the chicks sit up now to beg for food, they are as tall as their parents. Some of the Cormorant chicks are starting to get pin feathers & are already flapping their wings as if to say “I’m going to fly, I’m going to fly!” Some of the late breeding Cormorants are still building their beautiful sea weed nests, but the Cormorant breeding season here is in full swing. I spot some fledged Cormorants sitting on the bluff now. They are easy to spot because their shiny black feathers are pristine like a brand new black car, these Cormorants have not experienced much of life yet, but they are launching themselves into the air & below the sea to fish now. Continue reading
SUMMER SOLSTICE ARRIVES – Here in San Diego California Poppies open their golden petals each morning & lift their flower faces up to greet the sun. Long hot Summer days seem to be endless and our faces lift joyfully up to the sun, too. Like the poppies though that will bloom & fade Summer Solstice marks the subtle change of each day becoming shorter & shorter because no Summer lasts forever even if we wish it so.
California Poppies with their golden color remind me that they are the state flower for California. Japanese brush paintings on rice paper. Poppy photo taken in La Jolla.