One of my favorite places to paint is the San Elijo Lagoon, which forms the border between Encinitas and Solana Beach. The parkland, which encompasses the environs of the Escondido Creek estuary, has sloughs and wetlands, grassland and coastal scrub, and some old eucalyptus trees as well. My latest painting trip was to the east end of the park, which has some higher elevations. The wildflowers were rampant, and the grasses were turning some astonishing siennas and golds. A red-tail hawk was perched in a nearby eucalyptus, watching me curiously, and there were tons of geckos.
Sage at San Elijo, looking east.
Clouds moving away. It was actually raining while I was on my way to the lagoon, but when the sun came out, the morning light on the grasses and the receding clouds was beautiful and unusual for San Diego.