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Graphic Arts and Celtic DNA


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A Road Taken-DP challenge

Sometimes a long interval of weeks, even months, goes by without me visiting the nearby beach along our northern California coastline.  Manchester State Park Beach is a several miles long sandy beach, often spotted with new driftwood cast ashore by recent storms.  Visitors to the beach, especially those with kids, delight in building shelters, or ‘forts’ from scavenged limbs and broken boat timbers.  One of my occasional pastimes is to do a quick sketch and painting of the more interesting ones.

On one of my early morning spontaneous hikes across the sand dunes to the ocean, a spongy, sandy trek that gets my heart thumping,  I arrived at a near empty beach that had been scoured by strong tidal waves.  Hardly any driftwood in sight, except maybe that one small dark clump up near the northern end, where the Garcia River empties into the ocean.  I started walking that way and every time I looked back from the rolling surf to the beach the clump seemed to have moved a little.  As I got closer I could see this little guy inching toward the surf as I approached:

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Seal pup on Manchester Beach 

This pup may have lost his mother to an orca pod, or some other calamity at sea in our era of uncertain ocean conditions.  He looked like he was ready to go back into the surf to search again for her, and I could only wish him well, and stay safe.

Perhaps we both had an opportunity to reflect on–who is this guy watching me? and the challenges of different sorts facing each of us.  A fanciful conclusion to a road taken for this morning.

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Manchester Beach Shelter—Rm w/Vu, a/c, Olympic-size pool


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Early Bird: DPchallenge

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Early Bird.”

The coastal skies have been so overcast these early spring mornings that I’ve not happened upon any interesting new photo shoots, but I’m anticipating that soon my favorite, ‘early bird’ native plant will again appear in the rough, coastal scrub grass environment around my house. That would be “Hookers Evening Primrose.” Its gorgeous yellow, five petal flowers open like a faerie presence–new ones almost every two or three evenings–from May till September. The fragrance is so delicate and fresh in the very early morning, you need to almost pollinate it with your nose to truly smell it.  Alas, as soon as the sun burns through the fog, blossoms that might be only a day or two old will begin to wilt and die.  Beauty can be so ephemeral.

Hooker's Evening Primrose, 3 new faerie arrivals last night!

Hooker’s Evening Primrose, 3 new faerie arrivals last night!

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Evening Primroses, where some have already yielded to a day’s sun and wind. If our newer faerie arrivals can last but a bit longer, they’ll be refreshed by gallant, if homely lovers, the Night Moths.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat

Snowy Plovers in flight over ocean - These small birds are an endangered species along our northern California coast.  They nest and lay eggs on beach sand, which makes them vulnerable to unaware visitors with unleashed dogs, and of course, other predators.  Sad. If only folks were aware.

Snowy Plovers in flight over ocean – These small birds are an endangered species along our northern California coast. They nest and lay eggs on beach sand, which makes them vulnerable to unaware visitors with unleashed dogs, and of course, other predators. Sad. If only folks were aware.

July 4 Fireworks at Point Arena Cove--The grand finale burst!  There is a great crescendo of OOHHHs and AAHHHs from the crowds on the rocky beach, and everyone's spirit soars aloft

July 4 Fireworks at Point Arena Cove–The grand finale burst! There is a great crescendo of OOHHHs and AAHHHs from the crowds on the rocky beach, and everyone’s spirit soars aloft

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Afloat.”

These are a couple of shots in my collection that suggest a feeling of “Afloat” to me.


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Easter Moon Fire: DPchallenge

Easter Vigil Moon burning through heavy overcast in northern California sky.

Easter Vigil Moon burning through heavy overcast in northern California sky.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”

Thick fog or cloud banks often cloak the night sky over the northern California Coastal Range.  On the evening of the Easter Vigil a rising full moon, with its glowing intensity, managed to burn through the dark ultramarine canvas, leaving only a smudge or blur above the lunar disk.


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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.”

Nothing like a spectacular  orange-hued sunrise over the Coast Mountain Range in northern California, looking across from my cabin:Daybreak2

And here are several of my sketches and a painting  I think have some interesting, though more subtle, hues of orange.  The first at left is a quick, colored sketch of Verocchio’s sculpture of David, which has  nice orange ochre hues; the sketch to the right is of a model at a recent life drawing session, and has some  interesting orange pastel shading; and the final, bottom painting has white gesso, purple, and a  vivid reddish orange design.

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