Carla Brennan's Blog

Reflections and Photos from The Big Trip and Beyond . .


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Dear Blog Followers,

I apologize. I have been remiss in adding posts for many months. I now intend to recommit myself to posting on my blog regularly. There aren’t many of you followers and I don’t think my absence has been a great loss for anyone. Except, possibly, for me.

A lot has happened in the past year. Normal life for me (well, what normal life had become in an abnormal pandemic) was upended when we lost our home and belongings in August from the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Cruz County, CA. This was/is devastating and deserves more discussion, but at another time.

Since August we have been living in the middle of Santa Cruz in a densely populated single home neighborhood. A big change from our many years amidst the (now charred) redwood forest. The up side is that we are closer to the ocean and nearby lagoons where wildlife and the untamed sea dominate. Walking the beach has been a refuge in this disturbing time. It has also provided some exceptional opportunities for photography.

I have been posting photos on Facebook regularly because it is easy and I get responses quickly, feeding me with the minor pleasure of the small dopamine hits of “likes.” But I also value the focus and the record that this website provides.

My plan is to write less (only because it is time-consuming) and post a “Photograph of the Day” everyday, or at least daily-ish. I may add additional posts and photographs occasionally as I get more organized and inspired.

Thank you for your patience.
I hope you are well and safe and finding some comforting sanity in an insane world.
Carla Brennan

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