Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Views from the Studio
Four years ago when I designed my gardens from cow pasture, I sited my studio/gift shop building to take advantage of the views and some passive solar. I also had the building placed between two sets on native willow trees on the East and West side to shade it from the sun during the summer. I have two doors in the studio/gift shop; one is a sliding door and the other is a 36 inch door with a window. The studio/gift shop is built on a concrete slab with concrete porches surrounding it. The sliding door faces South and in Winter the sun drops lower in the sky and warms the concrete and that warmth is radiated into the building during the night. Later in the year the sun is higher in the sky and the porches shade the windows from the sun.
The mountain photos illustrate why I call my studio/gift shop, Mountain View Cottage. The first photo is of Black Mountain which can be seen out of the sliding door. I took this photo in the winter. If you look closely, you can see some patches of snow on the mountain. Black Mountain is about 5,000 feet in elevation and there are giant Sequoias growing on that mountain. I can actually see the shape of the trees from where I am, which makes me realize just how big the sequoias are.
The other mountain photo is Snailhead Mountain which can be seen out of the 36 inch door. I took this photo last summer during an unusual thunderstorm in July. You can just see the beginning of the second rainbow in the photo. In July, the grasses on Snailhead Mountain are brown and crispy. Snailhead mountain is littered with huge granite boulders. Over thousands of years the granite boulders have been decomposing and making the decomposed granite soil we have here.
Today, I am continuing to rearrange the gift shop converting it into my clay studio. Stay tuned for more about my gift shop conversion into my clay studio.