I wanted to share a few pictures I took in Nevada City, Ca a few week ago. It had rained hard all night and in the morning we awoke to some sunshine so we hiked down to the creek. On our way down we came across ladybug clusters. There were so many, everywhere you looked...if you looked closely. So much moss and lichen on trees and rocks. As I peeked into the nooks and crannies of this wild place I discovered all the tiny beautiful things. Like a real fairy garden withlush moss, fungi, small plants, water droplets and of course sleeping ladybugs. Makes my heart leap and my eyes twinkle! K
I celebrated the last day of 2015 by dragging my family out to Redwood Regional Park in Oakland in search of hibernating ladybugs. I say drag, because this hike is f* cold! And my oldest always starts the hike off with bellyaching. I don't know what it is that sets her off, maybe it's just her age but it takes a good 1/2 mile in or so before she switches gears. And by the time we get to the top of the hill where most of them are, she is all about the ladybugs. She's got a name for each and everyone of them! And the hike back down is always bliss!
Anyways I wanted to share some pictures I took this year, because I think its really neat experience for kids and grown-ups. Although it is a cold walk in the woods, it is a beautiful hike. Plus a good portion of the trail is paved making it nice for strollers and riding toys. You can see the ladybugs in Redwood Regional Park, Park at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area, the ladybugs are usually where Stream Trail and Prince trail meet. And please watch where you step. k
I don’t really make specific resolutions I just try to be a bit better in certain aspects of myself and my life. For the last few months, I have been working part-time at Minted and making a point to spend some time sketching, exploring and doing small creations that make me happy. I still photograph my children, documenting their milestones and recording their discoveries when I can. But its always hard to decide what to share and what to keep to myself.
I recently read Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work! Kleon makes some interesting points on sharing your work and choosing what to share on social media. I confess I am not only terrible at showing my work or what I am working on but I also suck when it comes to talking about my work or even ideas and thoughts about what I’d like to do or create. So a few months ago I decided to start a 30 day project, in which I explore an idea for 30 days. Sort of like the 365 days projects, except I didn’t want that kinda of pressure.
Good thing too, because when you are a stay at home parent, and one of them is under 2, well some days just don’t go your way. So my 30 day project quickly became 30 pieces. Were I start a project and see it through to at least 30 pieces before I move on.
So if you follow me on instagram you probably have seen some of my daily hand lettered quotes. This came out of teaching myself calligraphy, which quickly became more of a hand lettering project. I’ll have more on that in an upcoming post, along with some images.
For now I’ll leave you with this image I took on a cold October evening on Ocean Beach of my son. Of course I removed the ocean...again! K