i scooted out of the tangle of LA traffic on monday and made my way out of the gleaming metropolis. over hill and dale. past orange groves heavy with waxy blossoms. i drove with windows down so i could inhale that divine scent. right now hwy 126 is a living masterpiece. if you can drive on it heading towards the coast do so at your earliest convenience.
within a couple of hours i was lost in coastal trails amid thick stands of wildflowers 5 feet tall. on some bluffs south of carpinteria, i collected my specimens then sat down to paint them into my sketchbook.
how good to be here. to have the luxury of morning and evening walks by the shore or high above it among the eucalyptus groves and wildflowers of the douglas family preserve.
breathe in breathe out repeat.