Tree at Natural Bridges

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Phoebe and I climbed this tree.  I was wearing new knee-high boots and a new sweater dress bought with some Christmas money, so I didn’t want to get dirty but also couldn’t resist myself.  No one was around and this tree just needed to be climbed.

Phoebe’s sycamore leaf

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Phoebe is really excited about keeping a journal of her observations while adventuring.  Here she draws a depiction of the sycamore leaf, a tree native to California.  Yesterday she asked to bring materials to draw the koi in the pond, too.  It’s great.  Art is about refining your ability to see deeply into things.  When a child (or an adult for that matter) is asked to draw what they see in their own way, they notice small, beautiful details previously missed.  This is how I feel when I practice macro photography of wildflowers; the camera enables me to exalt the tiniest of features.

Rio Del Mar Beach

Phoebe and I visited Rio Del Mar Beach today after I took care of some errands in the area preparing for my move to Santa Cruz.  The weather was lovely: sunny and breezy.  This is a favorite beach of mine because the parking is limited so the crowds are too!  It gets a lot of locals from the neighborhood who take a stroll there instead of drive.  I arrived just as the fog lifted so I was in luck getting a space to park.  I bought a coffee for just $1 at a local cafe and mixed in some nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate powder and sugar.  Since I brought my travel mug, I didn’t have to worry about the waste of disposable cups.  We left our sandals in the car and walked through the sand to play in the waves for a bit before heading back home.

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