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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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water and a deep breath

I am forever coming across old photos in my archives that I have completely forgotten about. Does that happen to you? Here are some images of Lake Tahoe’s beautiful, clear waters. Stumbling across these photographs came at the perfect moment because I’ve been feeling overwhelmed […]

Bob Hope House

Bob Hope House Hike

  A short, conveniently located hike that that takes you to a flying-saucer like house overlooking Palm Springs? Yes, please. The first part of the trail takes you past a trailer park (off to the left) which feels a little odd as you are walking […]

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Sam’s Spa

OK, so I’ll let you in on a little local’s secret: Sam’s Spa in Sky Valley. It’s a great place to have a pool day with your besties and I think it would make a great place for a low-key bachelorette party. Definitely off-the-beaten-path, as […]

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Cold Spring Tavern

One of the most special places I’ve ever found is a former stagecoach stop tucked away in the forest, on the San Marcos pass. A winding, narrow road leads to this little out-of-the-way place, and when you arrive, it’s a little like time stood still. […]

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Have you been to Cambria? It’s on the central coast of California, right at the spot where sunny, carefree southern California meets the cooler, more serious north. At least, I think so. I’m sure locals have their opinion of where their town is located. You […]



  Have you ever been to a ghost town? Bodie is a real California gold-mining ghost town that has been turned into a State Historic Park. It’s just northeast of Yosemite and definitely worth making a little detour to explore for a few hours. There […]

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cactus, cactus garden, desert landscaping

The Cactus Mart

  Just recently stumbled across the most wonderful little garden shop while doing a photo shoot in the high desert. If you live in the desert, you either love the native plants and desert landscaping or you hate all the sand and want grass. Coming […]

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