Green and Mud on the Trail

Some photos from a hike at Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve yesterday. It was cool and sunny, my favorite hiking weather.


Two Hearts – Colored Pencil

Heart of Gold

Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils
Canson Mi Tientes pastel paper
8.5 x 11 inches


Heart of Glass

Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils
Canson Mi Tientes pastel paper
8 x 10 inches


These are my first two major works of 2017 and my first attempts with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils (previously I have used Prismacolor Premiere).

My drawings start with my photography. Both of these pieces are faithfully referenced to photos I took in San Mateo Central Park in January. In the park, there is a long flower bed that is currently full of irises. Most of the irises are white, yellow, or light purple. Only one plant is a gorgeous deep wine purple red. I noticed one day that this particular plant receives direct sunlight for about 5 minutes in the afternoon, starting around 4:27. So every day that I thought there might be a possibility of catching this magical time when the low sun hit the wine red flowers, I hung around the park and photographed it.

In Heart of Gold the flower in full bloom with one ray of direct afternoon sun shining upon it. This light enters the flower’s center and creates a fiery golden glow, radiating red through the petals from the inside out. The iris is at its peak, triumphant in all of its shimmering raspberry glory.

Only a few days later, Heart of Glass illustrates the death of the blossom. The petals have closed in on themselves. The once proud tall ruffled flower top is completely enclosed by the bottom petals, curling toward the center. Again, the sunlight hits the blossom but this time it reflects off the upper petal in a golden crown. The shape of the dying blossom suggests a human heart, the veins shimmering in the light, fractured glass.


Sunrise on the Grid

Beautiful red sunrise this morning. I showed some of these to a friend and he said “great sunrise, too bad those power lines are there.” But I don’t know, I kind of like them. They have a personality and add contrast to the photos between nature that grew itself and the nature that humans have built.


Miniature Moss Forest

Finally, after a solid week of rain, I was able to go out and take some pictures after work yesterday. And of course, now it is just gorgeous everywhere. So green. New flowers blooming. I took lots of pictures of those things.

But today I want to share these photos of moss growing on a curb in the late afternoon light as I was headed back to my car. Moss is so intriguing. When you look at it closely you can see another world. And there are so many different types of Moss Forests to see. I love that the macro lens can capture things I can’t see with my naked eye.


Greyscale Abstraction

A couple days ago I completed month one of my 2017 photo challenge 365.abstractsnaps.17 (click for more information). The theme for the first month was “Greyscale”. If you’d like to follow along with the daily posts for this project, I am sharing them on instagram @365.abstractsnaps.17

Here is a compilation of all 31 photos:


And a slideshow of the individual images for a closer look. I have chosen my personal favorite of the month as the header image for this post.

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