In the window above you can see three of my “slugdalas” – banana slug mandalas, of course! A version of the first image (Slugdala #1, on the left) won the 2009 Staff Art Award for Toyon literary magazine. The middle slugdala (#11) received a First Place award in digital photography at the Del Norte County Fair. In addition to Toyon, they have also appeared in the literary journals Porter Gulch Review (Slugdala #9) and Mandala Journal (Slugdala #8).
Slugdalas begin their lives as digital photographs of the banana slugs I found in and around Redwood National & State Parks. I then highlight a pie-shaped section of the photograph, which I join to the slice’s mirror image, to form one “spoke” of the final image. I continue to add spokes, rotating each slightly to form 360 degrees. You can see more slugdalas at my deviantART page, or heck–buy the book!