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.
April in San Diego brings Jacaranda trees in full bloom with lavender flowers. Entire neighborhoods in Pacific Beach & downtown San Diego are planted with Jacaranda trees. Everywhere I drive my eyes are dazzled by the lavender bouquets filling the sky. When the sky is overcast, the lavender flowers seem to be even denser in color. A purple haze created by nature. Underneath the Jacaranda trees, the ground is a lavender carpet. I daydream of laying down on the flower carpet, but when I walk up to the trees, the air is buzzing with bees greedily drinking the pollen from the flowers. The bees are on the ground, too so that they don’t miss the pollen from even one flower. It is a sort of bee madness of gorging on lavender blooms to feed their queen. Continue reading →