*I smell the salt and redwood trees
Mixed gently by the coastal breeze
A natural scent that guarantees
To always place my mind at ease
On coastal meadows flowers bloom
And sway in breeze like nature’s broom
While all about the bees do zoom
So much for my eyes to consume
The vast Pacific adds more still
As backdrop to this flowered hill
Across this landscape colors spill
To give my heart and soul a thrill
The redwoods stand behind me tall
To touch the sky with mighty sprawl
Not even violent ocean squall
Can make these giants bend or fall
All this in place named Santa Cruz
Where nature paints with all known hues
To leave behind such scenic views
To treat our eyes, and soul infuse*
This fractal artwork was inspired by the Santa Cruz area of California. Santa Cruz lies at the northernmost point of the famous Monterey Bay. I lived in this area for awhile about thirty years ago, and the beauty of this place remains vibrant in my mind. There is a wonderful biodiversity of animal and plant life on both the land and within the sea along this coast, that is unique to any other place I have been.
I lived in an old Airstream trailer on some beautiful land here, right where the meadow met the forest. Just to the east of the trailer a thick, redwood rain forest began, and to the west were the gently sloping meadows that ran to the sea. This artwork shows the view across that coastal meadow, with all the wildflowers in bloom. I think one of the reasons it has remained so strong in my mind is you don’t usually encounter a flowered meadow with the Pacific ocean as the backdrop, with both the smell of the forest and the salty air of the sea mingled together.
This was artwork created in Incendia. This was my first artwork with the new version (1.2) of Incendia that was just released this week. The fractal is exactly as it was rendered. The only post-processing was to crop it just a hair to bring it to a more common printing size. The original artwork is 3000 × 3000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. The details are difficult to see over the internet, so I have included a few detail cutaways to give you a better idea of the overall detail of the artwork. The cutaways are at 50% of the original size.