For twenty years, my sister and I have been celebrating our birthday at the Rose Garden Tea Room before walking the grounds at the Huntington Library. Every time we go it’s different, despite it being mid winter. There were no star magnolias this year, but I still found some color to photograph, a few roses and some beautiful camellias. While I am here in California, we are taking a an urban drawing class together. So my sister spent a little time sketching while I explored the gardens with my camera. When I returned from my walk and noted something on her sketch, she said I had a good eye. Next time we are here, I think I’m going to make time to sketch and to create photos. I’m not really great a drawing, but maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s good enough to simply enjoy the calm feeling of sitting on a wooden bench with a pencil and sketch book in hand.