When I lived in California, one of my favorite hiking and painting locations was the Santa Rosa Ecological Preserve. It was located south of where I lived on the way to Temecula near Murietta. It comprises 900 acres of rolling grassland filled with Engelmann oak woodlands. There are riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, and vernal pools as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species. The paths are easy to navigate. No matter how many people you may find there, it is easy to lose yourself in its peace and quiet. I took rolls and rolls of film there (before digital) and still have many of those reference photos. Still, even if I didn't, the place is indelibly marked in my memory. The Oak trees were, and still are, my favorites. Over 400 years old, they stretch wider than their height - which is no mean amount. Many of them are over 60 feet tall. They provide luxurious shade on hot days and shelter from rain in the winter. If you have a chance, visit the Preserve, and send my regards. This small study for a larger piece is a view from one of the trails.
6" x 8"
Oil on Canvas Panel
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