Happy 2016. I am lucky enough to spend the end of each year in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Here are some of the sights I have enjoyed.
For the first time in four years there were storms and the sea turned rough and covered the beach
One morning we we went for our usual walk on Scenic Drive to find it closed to traffic. A huge cement mixer stood in the middle of the road, pouring cement into the foundation of a new house.
Because there were no cars parked on the side of the road we saw these beautiful patterns made by trees, sand and sky.
On a Saturday afternoon we drove south to Big Sur to the art studio of Erin Gafill. A world renowned painter, she was having artists do demonstrations. We watched Lilli-Anne Price copy a photo of Point Lobos.
She paints in oils using a palette knife. It is beautiful.
We watched Erin do a twenty minute demo.
This still life
became this painting. All in twenty minutes. Magic.
On Christmas morning we woke to wet empty streets And a wonderful quiet.
That was not the case later in the morning when we went for our walk. Scenic was crowded so we headed in the opposite direction towards Pebble Beach. There was a new trail that lead to a boardwalk and steps to the beach.
I love clouds and on that day they were magical.
On a walk in Pacific Grove we met my favorite bird, the Pelican. It was close enough to touch.
Looks like Pelican and gull are having a chat.
He turned to us. What are you looking at, he seemed to ask.
After he posed to show off all his beauty, with a flutter of wings he flew off.
Sunset on the beach.
With these pictures of nature’s beauty, I wish you all Peace on Earth.