Sunday, January 23, 2011

Torrey Pines Afternoon

Torrey Pines Afternoon
Oil on board, 6" x 10"
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You hardy and loyal souls (bless you) who have followed my blog for a long time may recall several years ago when I climbed into my "virtual RV" (emphasis on "virtual") and traveled from place to place, painting dailies. It's the dead of winter and I'm thinking it might be time for another tour of the country, including some warmer climes, so off we go.

Torrey Pines State Reserve was always one of our favorite haunts when we lived in southern California. This is such a spectacular place--2000 acres of native coastal habitat set aside and preserved, all within the city limits of San Diego, believe it or not! From a high point several hundred feet above sea level, the land slopes down to the broad, blue Pacific. There are stunning vistas from virtually anywhere on the meandering trails that course through coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The Torrey is a very rare species of pine, apparently found only here and off the coastline on the island of Santa Rosa.

I don't know, maybe I'll hang here for awhile. The weather is typical San Diego: 70 degrees and sunshine...not bad!

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Anonymous said...

Nice view and a good way to escape the winter's cold (in our minds). I was in that area briefly some years back and really enjoyed my stay.
Anne Thrower

Don Gray said...

Hi Anne--thanks. Sounds like you're getting a fair share of winter in NC this year.