Winter Solstice

  This morning was the perfect start to winter, with gray skies and muted colors creating a velvety moodiness when I looked outside my window. The stillness of the longest night gave way to the sound of soft rain and crows flying overhead. Early morning […]

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Starting Over

It’s been a while since my last post and I certainly never meant to take such a long break from writing here. There have been many new plans in the early stages of conception and I needed the time and space to lay everything out […]

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Horsethief Creek

    And here is a very old photo of us doing the hike years ago…on a very, very hot day…back when it was just Daisy and Finley. I just wanted you to see the remnants of old ocotillo fencing for the horse corrals.

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Butterfly Bush

Walked out to the garden this afternoon and found the most wonderful sign of spring: dozens of butterflies and flowers in full bloom. They hovered so slowly over the butterfly bush, almost as if sedated by the nectar of the flowers, so that I was […]

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Moortens Botanical Gardens

  Moorten’s Botanical Gardens is one of my three favorite places to shop for new cactus every season; the other two being The Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley and the Living Desert nursery in Palm Desert. Moorten’s is by far the oldest, having first been […]

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Huntington Library & Gardens

  …and sometimes, Sundays are made for mansions, green lawns and roses. Wedgwood, and grand staircases and chandeliers…..gilded mirrors and silver candelabra.                         ***all photos taken with my trusty iPhone 4s The Huntington Library […]


Del Mar Dog Beach

A day trip to the coast is always a good idea, and we try to go as often as we can in the summer.  But the beach in winter has a special moodiness; a certain lonely beauty all it’s own.     These photos were […]

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