Watercolor, 11" x 22"
©1998 Thomas Anderson
Neither desert nor forest, the coastal sage/oak savannah plant communities of southern and central coastal California are completely adapted to summer drought, frequent fires, and widely variable amounts of rain in the winter and extreme temperatures throughout the year. In this rugged terrain, the shrubs and trees are always thickest on the valley floors and the north sides of hills. All of this creates a mosaic of patches and subtle shades of greens and browns, which in spite of the extremes, is a soothing sight to me.
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