Manzanita Madness

A couple of days ago we hiked in a Manzanita forest on a perfect fall day here in the north bay...

The colors were spectacular and I couldn't stop the click of my camera! Maybe this collage gives you some of the experience we had of being drenched in color:

The smooth red manzanita bark is so beautiful, especially in contrast to the intense blue sky, the green interior trunks and all the late summer and fall colors of the chaparral.

The colors inspire me. I think I'm going to try to bring these same hues of orange-red, succulent green, brilliant blue and warm taupe-y cream into my art journal...

And look who I shared all this color with — they match!