hello & howdy!
i’ve returned from my sojourn by the sea. in total i went on 14 long beach walks and logged 58k steps for the week. that’s my most ever! if you think i’m a power walking superstud you’d be wrong. but i can go much further than before without getting exhausted or breathless. i can also motor up stairs and hills with much less cursing & complaining. in my world, to quote katagiri roshi by way of natalie goldberg, making positive effort for the good is my lodestar.
by the way i started natalie goldberg’s new book the great spring yesterday. i have no illusions that the great spring will be for my 50’s what long quiet highway was for my 30’s, but we’ll see.
i’ve only just begun this post, but i can tell it’s going to be a long ramble. you might need refreshments.
this was my last sunrise beach stroll. the moon showed up to say goodbye.
and looking east…
on my last sunset walk in carpinteria i ran into 3 of the #carpsunsetseekers. including my very own sharron whom i spent the previous monday with playing in our sketchbooks. she had brought me a bag of avocados from her ranch the day before so i enjoyed thanking her in person.
with the advent of the spring equinox, our star no longer sinks into the water on this part of the south-facing coast. and so it goes.
on thursday after our visit with penny, mary & i headed off to coal point for a trek on the cliffs above the water.
santa cruz & santa rosa islands were blue smudges on the far horizon.
whale counters were watching the whales swim north for the summer.
we slip-slided our way down the bluffs and onto the wild beach below.
i found this perfect pismo clam.
the odd black piece is called a “mermaid’s purse” and is the egg case of some species of sharks & rays. i count on my beach peeps to inform me of these things (syd, mary, sharron, joyce). a city dweller like myself is not privy to that kind of secret info. but i can learn!
i’m planning to make a zillion drawings of my beach treasure.
by that i mean i will probably make a few more sketches then move on to something else.
like squirrels for example.
i thought it would be clever to tag my sketches with numbers as i’ve seen some sketchers do, but of course i’m working in too many different books and have no head for numbers so my system is inaccurate at best.
will be of no use whatsoever if used for identification purposes
while out for dinner one night in downtown santa barbara someone from a church put a flyer in my hand. ordinarily i resist such things, but isn’t this one beautiful? i thought enough of it to paste into my sketchbook. wish i knew the artist who created it, but alas i do not.
by the way the cottage i rented is HERE. i loved it and would stay again were it not for the fact that i’ve already found a new place for next time in a quieter location. this place had a bit of road noise from the 192. nothing to quibble about really, but worth noting if like me you prefer NO road noise of any sort.
it’s a cool bright easter sunday in the city of angels. i wish i had a soundtrack to go with this post…which would be of birdsong and woodpeckers and the great whoooosh whooosh of wings flapping from a giant bird that flew low over my head this morning while i was out walking. and waves and gulls and parrots. and cats purring. all that.