We have had some wonderful rains here in Cali. We still need so much more to even come near to ending the drought, but the mountains are alive with green carpeting and gorgeous flowers we haven't seen for some time. It's a glorious Spring for blossoms!
Beach umbrellas are an absolute essential part of a day at the beach
when you're going to be hanging around for hours (hopefully plein air
painting). I have two that can really dig into the sand and hold their
own with the wind, can be easily shifted as the sun moves along in the
day and foldable as well. There's always an abundant supply of them
lining the water's edge. It's makes the day even more pleasurable, if
that's possible, to see all of the bright and happy colors.
This vase sits on my bedroom dresser. The early morning light was shining through the window and I noticed this brilliant, gorgeous amber color that I have to admit, I hadn't seen at any other moment. Kind of a 'in the right place at the right time' thing. I grabbed my camera, thankfully got some good shots as it was changing so fast and promptly proceeded to the easel with that surreal feeling and it fresh in my mind. I certainly 'see' it diffidently every time I look at it now.
Olives - trees, branches, Kalmata, Spanish, stuffed with pimentos, garlic, onions, bleu cheese and more. By themselves or thrown into a plethora of dishes, they're usually welcomed by most. If not for eating, then for looking at in a garden. What a variety of tastes and flavors and they're yummy in martini's too.
Picnics, I LOVE picnics. Have you ever noticed how great food tastes when you eat outdoors? It's yummier than ever.
One of the picnic dates I recall with my husband was us quickly purchasing produce, etc from a local grocery store and packing an impromptu lunch before heading up to Pt. Loma very early in the morning to check the tide pools (another huge fav of mine).
We were ravenous by the time we did eat our little picnic on a bench at the tippy top with seagulls politely flying by and giving us a wonderful aeronautical display. One of our best days ever! Am I blessed or what!!!