HANDMADE BOOK OF CALIFORNIA BROWN PELICANS – Using my pelican photographs & watercolor pelican illustrations, I created this handmade book. A glimpse into the beauty & magic of these ancient, sacred birds.
BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA BROWN PELICANS flying by always leave me breathless. There are juvenile pelicans that really stand out against the bright green & red pouches as the pelicans transform into their winter breeding plumage. Even their eyes change from brown to blue! As they sit on the La Jolla Cove bluff soaking up the sun, I get a close up view of these magnificent birds.
San Diego Christmas landscapes by the sea. Lately the days have been a chilly 62 degrees, which reminds us that it is Winter in San Diego, but we know that days of 70 degrees are just around the corner & Christmas Day is always a sunny day to walk on the beach. Super high tides have created crashing high-tide waves & the Ocean Beach & Pacific beach piers shake with the pounding surf. Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach is decorated with wreaths & a giant Christmas tree at the end. After sunset tiny white fairy lights sparkle along the entire length of the pier & the tree is a beacon of light. Ocean Beach has their traditional giant Christmas tree on the beach decorated with inflated beach balls & art that local school children have made. California Brown Pelicans play with branches as their plumage changes to brilliant Winter breeding colors of red & green. The pelicans change the spots they sit in on the bluff to soak up the sun. I start wearing sweats & make sure I have a jacket with me. The California Harbor seals are pregnant & soon there will be adorable pups to delight us. The California Sea Lions climb up to the top of the bluff to stay warm & dry as they nap. Sunsets this time of year are breathtaking because often there are real clouds in the sky (instead of Coastal fog). At the end of the short Winter day, the sun goes down in a ball of fire & the sky lights up with such vivid jewel-tone colors that my eyes can hardly take in the beauty. Nature creates spectacular special effects sunsets with her brilliant color palette to send us home to cozy beds with sweet dreams of the sea.