SUMMER VACATION – HANDMADE BOOK/ART JOURNAL – Using my sea shell photographs taken on the beach along with illustrations and information about the shells. I imagine this book as an inspiration to go to the beach and “collect” shells by taking home their photos in their natural environment, researching their names (perhaps by using my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” – sold on Amazon!) and doing sketches of the shells. We can enjoy walks on the beach and protect our coastal environments. I have seen beaches here in San Diego that 40 years ago had shells and today have none. If we hope to have future generations enjoy seeing shells on the beach, then we must “Leave Nothing, Take Nothing”.
Even a few inches of rain in San Diego this winter brings vistas of Wild Sunflowers growing all along the edge of the marsh at Mission Bay. The yellow flower fields contrast nicely against the marsh, which has turned greener from the rains, too. Years of drought have finally passed & the wild flowers are returning with a vengeance as if nature is drunk on the water sinking into her earth. Purple finches hop from branch to branch chirping happily in the thicket of flowers which have sprung up. Doves seem to be everywhere now, too. I hear them softly coo-cooing all day long. Continue reading