Dahlias

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Pine Cones

Phoebe has helped me collect these around the Santa Cruz area:

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Douglas Fir

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Coast Redwood

The smallest one produces the tallest tree of the bunch.

I’m still trying to figure out for sure what some are…

White Sage

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I explored one of the greenhouses at UCSC this morning and was so pleased to find white sage.   This plant grows in a very tranquil spot by the river in my hometown of Ojai.  I rubbed the leaves, inhaled the scent and felt a wave of comfort.  

Phoebe’s sycamore leaf

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Phoebe is really excited about keeping a journal of her observations while adventuring.  Here she draws a depiction of the sycamore leaf, a tree native to California.  Yesterday she asked to bring materials to draw the koi in the pond, too.  It’s great.  Art is about refining your ability to see deeply into things.  When a child (or an adult for that matter) is asked to draw what they see in their own way, they notice small, beautiful details previously missed.  This is how I feel when I practice macro photography of wildflowers; the camera enables me to exalt the tiniest of features.