This image comes from De LaVeaga park in Santa Cruz, CA. I used to live right by this park; across the street from it, actually. I like to call this the “Gnome Hole” and it reminds me a bit of Alice in Wonderland. It seems as if you could fall in and find another world inside. Every time I would pass by it, I would have to stop and ponder the possibilities, at least for a moment. Banana slugs can often be found nearby. I enjoyed this spot so much, I had to go back without my dog Charlie to re-photograph the mini-delight. I took these images for a digital photography class I was taking this past Fall, but I didn’t end up using any of the gnome hole shots. I wanted to, but they just weren’t working right in my composites. I wanted to take a moment to revisit the idea of spaces we hold sacred, and for what reasons. This park will always have a special place in my heart. The redwood forest has symbolized many things to me. I’m sure that you have special places you hold dear to you as well. Where, and why? I’m hoping to be able to seek out some magic in good old California in 2012. There are so many amazing places I have yet to see, in my own backyard. Suggestions welcome, of course! I already have a list of places to visit in nearby Big Sur. I can’t believe I haven’t been there in 15 years, and I live less than two hours away!