Members of my local artist group Cutting Edge are preparing for a group exhibit at the October 2017 Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara. We chose the theme "Montaña de Oro" with the emphasis on the "Oro" and not necessarily the state park of the same name. However, because the Park is such an important part of my life, my piece needed to be inspired by that gorgeous stretch of coast.
Last May I joined a group of citizen scientists monitoring the nests and chicks of the iconic shorebird called Black Oystercatchers in Montaña de Oro State Park. I was handed some alarmingly complicated forms upon which to record my observations, and some wonderful Google Earth maps of the park. At last I had my quilt idea. For anyone familiar with the park, that blue indentation in the middle is Spooner's Cove where the bluff trailhead sends intrepid hikers along a path of sublime scenic beauty.