Although we don’t actually have jaguars here like Phoebe was imagining, we do have mountain lions and sightings have been quite common lately even in urban areas. Attacks are still extremely rare across all of California. Still, I keep my baby close and we hike where we know there will be a lot of people on the trail.
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.
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.