Sandhills, a Beach in the Mountains

Sandhills, a Beach in the Mountains

The rare sandhills ecosystem of Santa Cruz county is like no other place. High in the coastal range, with no ocean in sight, I have white sand between my toes. The sandy floor and a dry, warm coastal mountain climate support a unique community of plants and animals...
Homegrown

Homegrown

The more curious my home-grown vegetables look, the quicker I run for my sketchbook. Pulling up carrots is a joy, another rite of spring. Below, a bunch of Scarlet Nantes planted last fall. Daucus carota subsp. sativus,  Tasty, nutritious… much more flavor in a...

Dragonfly (detail), 30 square ft outdoor mural panels KEIM system mineral pigments, fade proof, weather proof Private residence, panels mounted on outer wall. copyright 2015 K...
Time flies (don’t blink)

Time flies (don’t blink)

Before I am buried in spring sketches (then summer!),  I have to look back at pages from a memorable fall and winter. Here, some of the small stuff underfoot in our garden, a briefly glorious old neighborhood tree, a sampling of spring vegetables… Soon, a...
The Cell: Youth Art

The Cell: Youth Art

When you ask young people to look closely, THEY DO. This week I was thrilled to work with over 120 sixth grade biology students, guiding them through the steps of creating unique scientific artwork. Looking at detailed photographs of magnified cells, they observed and...