California Sea Otters

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 🙂

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Glitch-Photomontages – The Butterfly Series

Anise Swallowtail on Phlox Blossoms, (24″ x 18″)

Palamedes Swallowtail on Texas Lantana Bush (24″ x 18″)

Tawny Emperors on Indian Blankets (24″ x 18″)

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Red Raven glitch

I really enjoy how much the colors permanently change with the light.

acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″

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Memories of California: California poppies as a glitch

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Tiny worlds

Inconspicuous

Densely populated spheres

The closer you look

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How to eat fish

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.

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Breakfast at the coast

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All he needs is patience and breakfast will just pop up …makes me kind of jealous 😉

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Red-Shouldered Hawk

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Holding your balance

Looks as easy as last year —

How do you do that?

 

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Wish You Were Here!

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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 🙂

Since we have to wait for the physical installation of the show in the gallery, the exhibition can be seen online here: Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

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Step by step…glitch-collage!

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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.

 

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Hummingbird in flight

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Hello new life!

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Soon it’ll time for our Hummingbird babies to leave the nest 🙂

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Cedar Waxwings

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Lesser Goldfinch after a bath

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A Woodpecker’s stand-off

NWoodpecker2000nameThis 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?

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Steller’s Jay

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These beautiful birds are incredibly noisy 🙂

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Cedar Waxwing

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Hummingbird Mama

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A dream came true when I saw a Hummingbird nest with a beautiful Mama for the first time! Breathtaking and so fragile ❤

 

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Anna’s Hummingbird – a flying gem

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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:)

 

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Tree Swallows

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