I live in Sonoma County where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. Recently we have been battered with Atmospheric River Storms. Our river could not handle all of the rain and has flooded it banks and submerged towns. Sometimes in the mist of all of this rain I think about a spot I would like to transport back in time. September 2018 in the redwoods in northern California. I sat on this bench and took a deep breath of the forest air and closed my eyes.
The Sonoma Art pop up gallery at 156 N. Main Street, Sebastopol has extended it dates. The will be open till December 31st open from 11am to 6pm. They will be closed for Xmas. I have several pieces of work as well as one of a kind items on sale.
I am excited to be asked to be in the Sonoma Art pop up art gallery in Sebastopol. The artist reception will be on December 8th, 5pm to 7pm with music, food and beverages. The gallery will be open from December 8th to December 23rd, 11am to 6pm each day.
On a 8 day exploration of the Oregon coast I visited many coastal areas with whales, seals, sea lions among the sea stakes looming out of the water. I was treated to golden and blue twilights to red flaming sunsets. At Harris beach the sky had smoke and ash from a fire in central Oregon. The sun was aglow in bright orange. At Show Acres near the seal and sea lion rookery the clouds were ablaze in reds to blues.
Isolated outcrops of rock standing in the ocean are called sea stacks, and they are remnants of rocky headlands that were eroded by wave action. They are indeed ancient – millions and millions of years old. And incredibly resilient. Many stacks were the result of volcanic action, with lava flowing to the sea. Cooling lava became hardened basalt over time. The heavy basalt remained buried under marine sediments for millions of years. As the climate shifted and sea level receded, the rocks were revealed and parts worn away by winds and water. Tidepools at the base of many sea stacks provide habitat for a variety of marine creatures. Soil has settled into crevices of some of the sea stacks, building up a soft layer perfect for nesting puffins, murres and other seabirds.
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