For our first paintsite of 2012 we painted at Palo Alto Baylands. It was sunny and very peaceful, apart from the occasional small plane buzzing overhead. A large Egret fished right in front of us and lots of other birds busied themselves in the water and reeds. After lunch the tide went out and presented a whole new view.
After enduring the near blizzard conditions at the Cupertino Paint-Out before Christmas and weeks of greyish Spare-the-Air days since, Sylvia, one of our Weather Goddesses (Jenny, of course, being the other), ordered up a clear, sunny, and unseasonably warm day for us to paint the popular Palo Alto Baylands. Some of the salt marsh plants are an interesting shade of rusty-orange -- something of an unusual color in a landscape. A bonus: a high tide and calm conditions made for distinct reflections in the sloughs. And, yes, those are waterfowl flying over my landscape, not UFOs. Brad Santos