Recording the plants of my home place. Losing myself in their intricacy and resilience. Standing at the ecotone of scientific and artistic inquiry.
Beginning to learn their names and stories.
I am thinking of not just the extraordinary but also the ordinary and common place. Unearthed roots, skeleton leafs, shadowy places in the needle grass. They all speak to me.
A selection taken from 24 scientific illustrations which were commissioned by the UCSC Museum of Natural History and Environmental Studies Department. Part of a comprehensive study guide to learning and identifying California's plant families and published spring 2019 for the University of California Santa Cruz's Natural History Field Quarter program.