From the beach

I’m back from my long luxurious weekend in The Sea Ranch, California on the north coast. It was very relaxing, we moved very slowly—waking up late, walking along the bluff trail, eating a lot, and we even picked wild blackberries, which allowed us to eat blackberry pie a la mode almost every day. I brought along a little sketchbook and finally took the time to sketch some plants I like that grow along the bluff.

Here are two of my sketches:

These plants grow rampantly along with tall grass and poison oak, on the grassy bluffs above the ocean. I love the repetitive lines and the natural brown and black colors. They’re like incredibly spare flowers, or skeletons of flowers—they always seem to be dried out. They remind me a little of spent dandelions, although these are large and sturdy plants. Does anyone know what they’re called? I think the two sketches are actually of two slightly different plants.

It’s interesting how some things just catch your eye. People walking by on the trail probably thought I was a little nuts. One guy joked, “What, are you collecting poison oak?” But I didn’t mind, it was a beautiful day by the ocean, smelling of salt and dried grass, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the morning than drawing.

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3 Responses to “From the beach”


  1. 1 Era September 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I think it’s wild fennel. That plant grows exactly like you described, all weedy along the sides of roads. It grows like six feet tall though, so that could help in your ID. I love your sketches.

  2. 2 Bit o' Honey September 11, 2008 at 12:53 am

    It’s great to finally catch up on your posts. I just love these sketches! They have such breath about them. I do believe this is Queen Anne’s lace. This plant grows like crazy this time of year at the ocean’s edge. Great to see your still at work, and play! Hope all is well with you!

  3. 3 bluebicicletta September 13, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Thanks for the detective work girls. I did see a lot of wild fennel in Sea Ranch, but these plants didn’t have the seed pods, and they were pretty much dead. They seem related to both wild fennel and queen anne’s lace. Hmm. I will have to take a picture next time.


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