To my supreme joy, I was able to spend this past weekend up in Santa Cruz with some of my closest friends. It was a wonderful weekend; we peered into tide pools, watched monarch butterflies pass through on their migration path, partied with some UCSC students, hung out in some nets up in the redwood trees, and insisted to our non-coffee drinking host that, yes, we did need coffee before getting the day started. I was even close enough to the bay area to meet up with my parents for dinner. I never realize how much I miss them until I see them again.
Because I’ve been taking a small painting break to prepare for some larger projects, I’ve decided to share some of my trip photos. It’s safe to say, after a day at the beach, I’m inspired to make a little book about Crab City, USA.
I wish I could show you some of the monarch butterflies! But they a) are difficult to photograph with a phone from several feet away, and b) it seemed… wrong to focus on photographing them instead of just enjoying them. Like it was a moment for personal meditation, and most definitely not for documenting my vacation.
I’m sure I’ll be back soon with a painting, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on!