Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Down by the dock of the bay…

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Last weekend was the annual Bird Festival in Morro Bay, California, and we spent five days on the Central Coast enjoying, for the most part, lovely weather. Saturday it was smooth as glass as we glided on the Bay.

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Sunday, however, there were record swells over the breakwater (although the surfers did not mind) and a certain stormy-ness to the environment.

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Terry was off on a field trip somewhere and I wandered. The weather forecast was for rain for the rest of the time and I thought I might miss my “morning sunrise with coffee” in front of the rock because of it. I suspected I needed to walk any opportunity there was when it was clear, because otherwise I would get drenched. I set off…

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I had hoped I could collect items as I beach combed so I could compose small still-lifes in the sand. It turned out, however, that the tide had been extremely high but was now on its way out. It left a thin line of debris at it highest point that you can see behind the gull above. Lots of feathers were mixed in with shards of seaweed and all I had to do was bend over and take pictures of what pleased my eye.

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The Rock, the Gulls, and Fish from the Sea…

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We spent January’s MLK Weekend at the Morro Bay Bird Festival. We used to be faithful participants, but for the last two years we had not attended. This year we registered early, got all the workshops we wanted, and were set to enjoy beautiful weather (in the 70’s and clear as a bell…January, no less!). Friday we arrived in time for Terry’s 3:00 workshop on identifying seagulls…the whole weekend he kept showing me his knowledge (evidently, they are tricky to identify because there are so many different kinds of them.) Then we enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Bay Cafe soaking in the old sights, the smell of the sea, and having the first of many meals featuring fish. Oh, and there was a sunset.

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The next morning, Terry was off early to a field trip looking for Golden Eagles (successful) and I strolled through Morro Bay’s commercial district (about three blocks of that). After lunch, I went to my workshop on drawing birds while Terry went kayaking on the bay.

I walked into the Natural History Museum for my class and the sky looked like this:

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Drew for a few hours…

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and when I came out four hours later, the sky had turned to this…

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What a place! The next morning, we were both up and on field trips by 7:45. I don’t know what Terry saw, but I birded with a group that went toward Turri Road and over to parts of Los Osos. The Central Coast was looking so good…

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I met my old friend, Kathy, who lives in Atascadero, for lunch and we drove up to Cayucos for some fabulous salmon tacos. Couldn’t walk on the pier, though, as it is under construction.

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Ahh, the hours I spent on that beach in my youth… That evening we ate at The Galley (more fish) and had another spectacular sunset to enjoy…

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This is the Townsend’s Warbler that I drew in my class and the block print I made from it when I got home…

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I definitely would not mind looking at that kind of sky every day…


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Sea Ranch

In a few weeks we will be going on a trip where I will not have access to WiFi except when I can find a cafe. I am wondering how many pictures one cup of coffee will allow me to upload. In thinking about how I could still blog I decided to try short video clips and stills in a simple movie form on my iPad. If the movie was made and then I only had to upload one item when I did find the cafe I might be able to blog anyway. We went away to a reunion with college friends last weekend and less than twenty-four hours later I am ready to post two movies. My only glitch was that movie clips from the last day will not load into the iPad. If I try any longer to figure out why, my goal of posting within the time limit will be gone. So you miss the stormy day with baby sea lions, sorry! The movie of our walks includes video clips and stills. We walked in the tree line and on the bluffs. In hedgerow and meadow. The second movie of the Sea Ranch Chapel is all stills. Designed by James Hubbell, it includes wood, copper, iron, stained glass, tile mosaic and embedded organic bits. It is an exquisite celebration of art and craft. Our friends Bill and Jan hosted us in their amazing house and former roommate Jenny came down from Canada and Kathy (Murph) came up from Atascadero. A wonderful time!