Even most Angelenos have no idea just how much wilderness is in their own backyard. While being the second largest city in the United States, Los Angeles is also a mountain town, albeit a vary large one. This image shows the current skyline of downtown Los Angeles against a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, as you might see while driving up Highway 110 northbound on a clear day. This image was completed on July 25, 2018.
This illustration of a male American Robin (Turdus migratorius) was completed on April 4, 2018. This drawing is based on a photograph I took at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon during wildlife surveys in April 2017. The background on the main image is based on landscape photos I've taken in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California.
This illustration of a Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) was completed on January 22, 2018. The drawing is based on a photo I took at Elyria Canyon Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2016. It is the only known record of that species for that park.
This illustration of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was completed on January 17, 2018. The drawing is based on a composite of images, with the heron based on a photo I took at the Sepulveda Basin in 2015.
This illustration of a King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) was completed on January 10, 2018. This drawing is based on a photograph I took at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2016. Though I have seen the species plenty of times in the wild, I have never obtained photographs of a wild bird.