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.
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