Posted at 8:44 pm , on August 11, 2017
To try and describe how majestic Alaska is would be futile. All I can say is it was breathtaking, and I can’t help but walk away from this trip with a sense of urgency to return. We saw glaciers, whales, salmon spawning, seals, dolphins, bald eagles, bear, totem poles, and hiked a temperate rainforest. We ate reindeer hotdogs, pickled kelp, salmon jelly, roasted s’mores on a remote island beach, and drank duck farts. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the moment.
Posted at 9:22 pm , on June 21, 2017
Paris is beautiful no matter how you view it. Through a monochrome lens, its true elegance and character impresses upon a fresh perspective. Simple, yet complex and always so lovely.
Posted at 12:51 am , on June 18, 2017
Delightfully tucked away on a discreet street in the heart of Paris, we were greeted by a warm smile from the ever pleasant Laurent, proprietor of les3chambres. Lovingly decorated with family heirlooms, antiques, and carefully selected furnishings, this luxury apartment is located on the third floor in a building dating back to 1830, and rich in history. We enjoyed the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at les3chambres-paris.com.
Posted at 6:42 pm , on June 17, 2017
Montmartre is one of the most historic and interesting districts in beautiful Paris. Once the stomping grounds of Salvadar Dali, Monet, Picasso, and van Gogh, the neighborhood in the 18th arrondissement is still a haven for the creatively inclined. At the summit, the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basillica rises high above the Paris rooftops. Meander along narrow, cobblestone streets, many lined with shops, restaurants, and even a small vineyard. As a side note, there’s so much more to this area than what I captured with my lens. Shortly upon arriving at Place du Tertre, where you will find most of the artists today hang out, the battery in my camera died. Needless to say, I don’t want to talk about it (insert pouty face here).
Posted at 3:52 pm , on June 14, 2017
The Musee de l’Orangerie is home to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series. The panoramic paintings stretch out along the walls of two oval rooms. The sheer beauty is astonishing and cannot be fully appreciated by photographs or prints. Monet painted a total of eight panels and envisioned the works as a meditation on peace. Stretching around the curved walls of the Musee de l’Orangerie, they give an illusion of being transformed to the peaceful setting of Monet’s famed water gardens at Giverny.
Posted at 4:46 pm , on June 13, 2017
Located on the left bank, Saint-Germain is a quintessential Parisian neighborhood brimming with boutiques, outdoor cafes, antique shops and endless narrow, cobbled streets and passages. This area was popular to many literary greats, including Fitzgerald, Stein, and Hemingway, to name a few. A place for meeting still popular among writers and readers, and perhaps the most popular independent bookstore in the world, Shakespeare and Company is something of a literary utopia. Beyond providing reading materials and inspiration, the bookstore allows writers to stay overnight for free. Those interested in being a “Tumbleweed”, need only email the bookshop. In exchange for a free cot to lay your head, and if privacy is not an issue, all interested are asked only to “read a book a day”, help out in the shop for a couple of hours, and write a single-page autobiography. Oh, and feed the cat, Margo (I added the last part).
Posted at 3:15 pm , on June 13, 2017
It’s long history, the language, the food, the Parisians….everything about Paris oozes finesse. Other than exploring the popular attractions on our trip, we ventured to a part of the city that is more local than touristy. In Jardin du Luxembourg, there is a renaissance in beekeeping in the city, with many aficionados and hobbyists producing jars of divine sticky gold. Some of the luckiest bees in the city make their residence here. Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public space in Paris, and has been home to a beekeeping school in the lovely garden, with its own small orchard since 1856. Bees are housed in a collection of beautiful antique wood boxes with copper roofs. For water consumption, they have their own personal fountain. Each year in September, the honey is sold at the annual autumn honey festival.
Posted at 4:38 pm , on February 23, 2017
It’s rather strange that I would be thinking of gardening in February, especially on this day when the snow is lightly falling. Well, so it be. If you’re thinking like me, there is quite a bit to do at this time to prepare for spring. To help you along, there is a nice list to consider here: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/february-do-list.
This day also has me thinking about my trip to Scotland last year. Scotland has a wealth of beautiful private gardens. Looking back, I wonder what lie behind the tall creeping vines, mossy cobblestone walls and painted doors? What’s behind the gate and wall is typically left to the imagination. Keep dreaming of spring, it will be here soon.
Posted at 5:38 pm , on February 2, 2017
Reminiscing on this cold, icy February day.
Being immersed in nature gives me a calmness, a sense of being grounded. Whenever possible, I take the time to step outside and explore. I let my mind wander but make a point to pay attention to whatever may lay before my eyes. I marvel at all the treasures Mother Nature has to offer.
Over a period of time, I have collected a few things. I displayed them for a postcard I’m printing and will give to my family and friends. It is my hope to inspire the healing power of a walk.
In all things of nature
there is something of
Posted at 5:49 pm , on January 25, 2017
Winter is a good time for staying indoors, baking, finishing projects and maybe just reflecting on your wellness and what makes you happy. I leave to you this thought (and some photos): As you think about the year ahead, imagine all the possibilities and amazing opportunities you can attract into your life. Whatever you dream for yourself in 2017, go forth and create it.