Some images from this past weekend on the Porter and Brothers Ranch properties in Watsonville. Both are owned and managed by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. I spent Saturday afternoon scouting both locations for photo ops and on Sunday gave a tour to fellow photographers Efren Adalmen and his lovely wife Denise. California poppies were out in full bloom and the lupine are not far behind. About another 2 -3 weeks and the hills should be a patchwork of purple.
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A few pictures from an afternoon at Antonelli Pond on the West Side of Santa Cruz.
The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has been doing some great work protecting our local natural resources, and to date has protected close to 12,000 acres. They’ve recently acquired Star Creek Ranch, a 1,200 acre property in the heart of the Pajaro Hills. The Ranch provides crucial habitat for wildlife and fish including mountain lion, bobcat, endangered California Red-legged Frog, and steelhead. It also acts as an important link to other large habitats and with Pescadero Creek running right through it, drains an 8,000 acre watershed that flows into the Pajaro River.
I recently had the opportunity to tour the Ranch (which is considered extremely important as a climate change refuge in Santa Cruz county), and spend an afternoon photographing this gorgeous property. I was treated to lush spring grasses, gusty winds, wildflowers, oaks galore, and a sweet sunset. In the coming year(s) I hope to help the Land Trust document the seasonal changes and critical biodiversity found on the Ranch.
There’s a great new exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery in Watsonville that is worth checking out. This exhibit features eight of Santa Cruz County’s most respected artists and each one is over eighty and still producing amazing work. It’s inspiring!
Wondering what the connection is to our work? Lisa Zaretsky designed the exhibit catalog for the Gallery. Don’t miss this great event and check out the book if you get a chance.www.pvarts.org