The Southern sea otters, or California sea otters, live in a limited range between San Mateo County in the North and Santa Barbara County in the south of the Pacific coast. In the 1920s their population decreased dangerously close to extinction, now it averages about 3000 individuals, but since they live so close to humans, they’re still considered an endangered species. Seeing them out in the wild, sometimes hard to spot when floating in the kelp, is such a lucky moment. I was extremely lucky to be able to observe them nearby Elkhorn Slough 🙂
A few days ago, the Brown Pelicans landed on this little pond, and all birders in the area were out and about to witness this event. While everyone – including me – was fixing their eyes on the breathtaking show that the Pelicans delivered, a tiny inconspicuous Pied-billed grebe had a secret gourmet feast right in front of my. Just in the right moment her quick dive caught my attention.
I’m happy to have my 15 digitally glitched photo paper collages (from the series Silicon Valley Wildlife) alongside beautiful pieces from many other artists in the Pacific Art League’s Postcard Show: Wish You Were Here 🙂
Silicon Valley Wildlife – American Avocet, Collage, 18″ x 24″
Recently I re-discovered my fun in collage-making in which I combine my nature and wildlife photography with the extremely exciting art of glitch-creations. For me, it always starts with a hike in the nature (in this case to the Baylands Nature Preserve in Mountain View, CA) where I love to observe animals, take photos and videos. Even if it’s just around the neighborhood now during our shelter in place time: watching animals (mostly birds) is a meditative activity that slows down my hart rate like nothing else, and helps me to breathe all anxieties away! It’s often the smallest movements of these animals that inspire my next steps in the creative process. After digitally glitching some of the pictures or video footage, I print my favorite pieces on photo paper, and finally bring them together into a new collage creation.
Smaller sizes of my collages will be presented in an online exhibition at the Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA.
This Nuttall’s Woodpecker, a small Californian native, had hard time defending his stem of a Century Plant against a much bigger Acorn Woodpecker (see next picture) but when I left the scene, he looked like the winner 🙂 – maybe because of his loud voice?
Anna’s Hummingbirds are native to the Pacific coast and their appearance is sparkling, shimmering, jewelry-like! Although they’re very common around here, they fascinate me every single time I see them. For the last years, I especially enjoy watching them taking morning and evening baths in my patio fountain:)