Keys Creek Lavender Farms just north of San Diego opens to visitors during the blooming season in May and June. I had the opportunity to tag along on a photographers’ shoot to raise funds for the repair of the farm’s recently collapsed beehive. On Saturday, costumed models posed in the fields, photographers hovered, captured beauty like the honeybees toiling in the lavender. I sat in the fields – out of the shots – observing the shapes and texture of its petals, the bend of its stems. In the last two years, I have been collecting sketchbooks, oil pastels, colored pencils — carting them back and forth across the US — mostly unused because I don’t know how to draw, but I like office supplies. And finally, I opened my sketchbook, started with dots, circles, then small buds, stems, followed the light, watched how the sun touched everything. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t been trained, I reached for the essence the best that I could, looking for new ways to see.