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...
A Closer Look: Winter

A Closer Look: Winter

January studies & sketches… Never underestimate mud, or your own curiosity. (Feeling like a little kid today) What’s under the woodpile? Salamanders, 1 worm, slugs and snails, a centipede, 2 roly-polies (one is blue) and a ladybug. Impossibly pink...
Himalayan hill partridge in a wild pear tree

Himalayan hill partridge in a wild pear tree

  Arborophila torqueola (hill partridge) Pyrus pashia (wild Himalayan pear) Illustration by K Anandakuttan Highlighting the Himalayas: a “biodiversity hotspot”, meeting a high threshold  of unique life (more than 1,500 endemic plant species), and...

Art for the planet

Images and words can make a difference, right? Now action. Let’s see what happens… -K Art for Habitat Conservation: Piece of the Sky No.3 Purchase Supports the World Wildlife Fund click image for purchase details   December 2014 $50 WORLD WILDLIFE FUND...
Rare and Endangered Species exhibit

Rare and Endangered Species exhibit

Black Lemur (Eulemur macaco) by Krista Anandakuttan, India ink and acrylic Jewels of Nature Exhibit 2014 Featuring works highlighting rare and endangered species as well as the natural history of California and beyond by:  Krista Anandakuttan, Jennifer Bates, Katie...
Swift Flight

Swift Flight

  Painted to inspire habitat conservation: an autumn evening sight, thousands of Vaux swifts gather and spiral into a chimney to roost. See  footage of them here: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201110071630/e (detail) The Weight of Wings: Vaux Swifts by...