It was about the middle of our week in San Diego and probably the hottest day there when we decided to hike the northern section of Torrey Pines. It was a beautiful day that started with some excellent reference opportunities like this photo (one of many of pics I took as this boat tacked back and forth).
Which leads me to ask, "Can a boat of this type (using a motor) 'tack'?" Anyway, this picture was taken from the balcony of BD and E's condo. Then we went on our walk.
At first I thought I would concentrate on the flora we could see beside the trail. Yellow and red is one of my favorite color combinations; throw in white and it's a ballet.
These two plants were all over this section.
Prickly pear again, and the blossoms were coming along at the rate of at least one a day. Okay, that's a guess. I looked at the spent blooms and extrapolated from there (I've always wanted an excuse to use that word!).
Pine cones; I love the shadows in these.
Then there were these formations. Again, absolutely wonderful shadows. Both of these are interesting photographs and worth a lot when the right painting walks into my head.
But the next one is like the pictures I took at the beach.
The beauty of rocks catches me every time - especially, as with these, when they have "arranged" themselves into a lovely still life.
So why "Land of Amazing Skies"? Look at what we saw that afternoon:
Keep an eye on the clouds . . .
Shooting off the trees . . .
If I painted this one, no one would believe a cloud really seemed to curl around a tree like this.
And now, clouds like geese women in flight . . .
Here the vertical rays of the sun and the horizontal swoop of the geese clouds . . . wow!
Do you believe this? Stationary beetle-browed rock formation and fluttery clouds dancing above it and complete with the sun itself!
Finally, the sunset. What a day!