Catch up ’22

It’s been seven months since my last post and it is time to catch up, but there’s a catch: wherever you went, there you were, and you can catch that moment with some pix. For this first batch of random pix, we’ll start with a full moon (there have been at least seven!). Then, our house, some mushrooms strangely growing on the garage door, a little rusty red wagon in the woods, a kayak trip in the Pescadero Marsh, some animal tracks in the mud, and a heart at the Skylonda Trading Post. Enjoy…

The annual “Corazones” project in Pescadero during February (in honor of Valentine’s Day) was started by the art collective “Arte Motu” and continues to be an event. We held up our end on the phone poles in front of Pescadero High School with the following highlights from my spring semester art class (the last one, by Cinthia Vazquez was on display in hallway)…

A few months ago, I got my first ebike at Epicenter in Santa Cruz after doing the Wilder-McCrary loop which goes all the way around the UCSC campus. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I’ve been doing that and other trails thereabouts ever since. In this batch, I visit the kids on campus, explore ruins, the Baskin Engineering School, the Painted Barrels, and Pogonip. I threw in a few of local La Honda trails, including the planetarium with deer, and an interesting look at columbine flowers…

One fun find among the labyrinthine bike trails of the UCSC upper campus is the Buddha Shrine. Had to take more than one photo of this spot. Hope you can explore it in person…

This batch starts out with another challenge for the intrepid explorer: the abandoned airstrip on a ridge above Butano Canyon (lots of fire damage thereabouts). There are some tree, flowers, a koi pond at UCSC, and the old fashioned train up at Henry Cowell State Park…

ML & I did happen to swing up to Heavenly for President’s Week. In addition to the slopes, a Tahoe gallery…

I called this art project (the last public effort for the school year) the “Butterfly Effect.” The emphasis on Monarch butterflies was purposeful and perhaps political. Not unlike some of my students, they migrate from Mexico to the US annually. While we strived to create some scientifically accurate artwork, I encouraged some creativity as well. (Note: Chalo painting with two hands.) Flutter on…

In this last batch, we start with a project that both my Social Studies classes did in identifying bike riding issues around our campus (we just walked around and uploaded pix to this app made for the purpose). In addition to old wood, I took my old Mom to visit the kids at college. More pix of Wilder bike trails, etc., Santa Cruz, fairy house art, more flowers, the Daniels Nature Center pond, and another full supermoon. More coming in ‘22.2…

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