Sunday, November 14, 2010


Lots of hummingbirds out at the Arboretum this morning.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wilder and Natural Bridges

Last weekend, I took Jason down to walk with me in Wilder Ranch SP since I was so impressed with it on my last visit.  He had an equally good time, and we are planning to ride bikes there today.
Wilder Ranch SP

Wilder Ranch SPWilder Ranch SP

Wilder Ranch SP

I had Thursday and Friday off of work, and yesterday I went to some of my favorite birding locations, Natural Bridges SB and Antonelli Pond.

Natural Bridges SB

Natural Bridges SBNatural Bridges SB
Natural Bridges SB

I was pretty sure it was Monarch time, and I wasn't disappointed.

Natural Bridges SB

Natural Bridges SB

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Writer's Block

(a new poem)

Writer's Block

Reading cotton candy books
filled with
impossible things:
chocolate cake, dragons,
little battles ending in a puff of smoke
or the thump of a heavy tail

Invisible black
ribbons of thought
and velvet sense memory
embellish the architecture of your mind

Claymation bodies
click through
after frame
to keep the story going
at a good clip.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wilder Ranch SP

Believe it or not, I have lived in Santa Cruz for nearly 15 years and have never been to Wilder Ranch State Park.  This is especially surprising given my hobby of nature walks and bird photography.  I of course was blown away by the birds here, since a large coastal restoration project in the area has left entire beaches just for wildlife.
I hiked about 4 or so miles in on the Old Cove Landing Trail.

Wilder Ranch SP
Looking North along the coast
Wilder Ranch SP
A Northern Harrier

Wilder Ranch SP
Pigeon Guillemot nesting in the cliff

Wilder Ranch SP
Gulls shoot by the trail, coasting rising on air currents in the cove

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fruit is Heavy on the Vine

Last week I walked through UCSC, something I enjoy occasionally too see both familiar landmarks and new developments, as well as birds of course.  Photos from the Alan Chadwick Garden.
half a yellow sun
Golden flower in the cutting garden
Green Pears
I've never seen pears growing like this before.  I love the mood of this picture.
Obligatory adorable baby deer
Pristine snapdragons about to burst into color

Surprise Visit

Last month Jason's sister surprised us by stopping by with two of our nieces and a nephew.  It was great to see them... everyone has grown up so much!
Jason, Frances, and me!  What a dorky smile!
Michael, Jason, Frances, Sophia, and Megan on the floor looking sassy.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

July Arboretum

Some shots from the UCSC Arboretum in July.

ucsc arboretum, originally uploaded by sgrace.

ucsc arboretum
ucsc arboretum
ucsc arboretum

Apple Lane Inn

A few weeks ago I checked out this empty old Victorian.  It's on sale for about $1.5, and for rent for $8000 a month.  Apparently it used to be an active bed and breakfast.
Apple Love Farm
Apple Lane Inn
Apple Lane Inn
Apple Lane Inn
Apple Lane Inn

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Same As It Ever Was

He Did It, originally uploaded by sgrace.
Jason and I celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary today! He continues to honor me with love and respect, much like our wedding day...

Enjoy the beautiful holiday weekend. We are going up to Quail Hollow Ranch for a picnic and hike to celebrate.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Back in Business

I reopened my etsy shop!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Lately I've been getting into riding my bike.  I have a little Cannondale mountain bike that Jason got for my birthday a few years ago.  Since we moved to Aptos, I've ridden quite a few times.  Going up into Nicene was especially magical, since the end of our street borders this State Park and it was amazing to ride from my driveway pretty much straight up the mountain, and then shoot straight down to the ocean.
Inspired by the fabulous Ms. Bitch Cakes, I decided to take my camera last Saturday and combine two of my hobbies into a photo bike tour.
I started at my house in Aptos and rode down through Cabrillo College and over to Park Ave, and then down into Capitola Village

Leaving the village, I returned via Park Avenue to the frontage road between New Brighton and Seacliff, and access the Porter-Sesnon open space, where I attempted my first real trail experience on the bike and thought I was going to eat it several times.  Glad there was no one around to hear me yelping "Oh SH*T".
New Brighton

New BrightonNew Brighton
New Brighton

Then I dropped down to Seacliff and rode out to the cement ship
Seacliff SB
Seacliff SB

All in all, about a 2 hour tour, including photo time.  I'm very proud of myself for venturing out in a new way.  during this trip my chain came off three times because, well, I don't know how to ride a bike that well yet.  So I had to fix that each time, which was a small adventure in itself.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Perhaps Hand

spring is rising, originally uploaded by sgrace.

by e.e. cummings


Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Big Wave Day

Big Wave Day, originally uploaded by sgrace.
Yesterday, at the annual big wave contest at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay, a bunch of people were knocked over by a huge wave. This account says it happened just after 9am, and another person I heard mention it said around 9:15am.

I took the above picture with my phone camera and the time stamp is... 9:15am!  I was doing my regular walk down toward Rio Del Mar when a giant set started coming in.  the waves were smashing completely over the cement ship and one extra huge one came right up to and almost over the guardrail of the pedestrian walkway.  I actually stood there with my mouth open at the size of it.

I totally think it was part of the same set that wiped out these crazy people.

Monday, February 8, 2010


DROID, originally uploaded by sgrace.

"Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye."

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sick Day

Sick Day, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Ugh! I've been sick for a couple days. I hate being sick and missing work, because not only do you feel physically crappy, all you can do is wait and see what kind of mess awaits your return to work...

Friday, January 29, 2010

CSUMB Library

CSUMB Library, originally uploaded by sgrace.
One of the buildings that I pass on my way home when I have night class at CSUMB. This is the new library.
I have an urge to blog. I haven't been able to craft this blog into exactly what I want it to be ... I don't think I'm sure what that is. I like having the space. I have a lot of ideas. I have some creative projects going. I want to write more. This year is about releasing myself from the pressure of perfection. So maybe by letting go of any expectation of what to put here I'll figure out what I really want to say.