October Sunrise

The season of beautiful sunrises is beginning. I so love this time of year.

Mavericks Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

Another summer highlight…. and when did my boy grow taller than me??? Mavericks Beach, located near Half Moon Bay, is famous for the annual big wave surfing competition, Maverick’s, which is held here every year.

Friendly Friday: Up Close and Macro

Things have been extremely dry here in California this year, so I was excited on Monday to wake up to a wet city and the beautiful scent of fresh rain. Here’s my photo, an attempt to capture the droplets of water on one of the plants in my front yard.

Bodega Bay, California

As part of our homeschool studies last year, we did a unit on Alfred Hitchcock movies. One of our favorite Hitchcock films was The Birds. Of course, while in Bodega Bay, we had to check out some of the places filmed in the movie, such as the schoolhouse and the church. But the highlight of the trip was our hike on the Bodega Head Trail…

Spring in Yosemite

I just realized I haven’t posted here in ages. To get back into it, I’ll begin by sharing posts this week from a few places we’ve visited this past year.

Holiday Highlights

One of my favorite things from this holiday season? My daily hikes and walks with my son. These are from our New Year’s Day hike. Happy New Year!

Yosemite Retreat

Do to the events of 2020, we haven’t taken many trips this year, making our time in Yosemite last week feel extra special. Feeling thankful…


As with everyone else these days, I’ve been feeling stressed. The months of pandemic, the wildfire smoke here in California, adjusting to online teaching, political strife, healing from an injury that has kept me from hiking, combined with worries over the health of close family members… I’ve been feeling, well, stressed and overwhelmed. I’m puttingContinue reading “Unwinding…”

Focusing on the Beauty

Keeping healthy and sane with local daily hikes and neighborhood walks during this period of social distancing….

Photography 101: Treasure

While drinking my morning tea, just a few minutes after I looked up the photography theme for today, my son ran in from the backyard and excitedly said, “look at these treasures I just found!”  Perfect! The challenge?  WordPress Photography 101:  Treasure

Rainy Day: Angles

More images of plants in my front yard… Sunlight:  After the Rain Photography 101:  The Natural World *** The challenge?  WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Angles

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

For more photos from this trip to Devils Postpile National Monument, see Photography 101:  Experimenting with Composition *** The challenge?  WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Angular

Swarm: Ladybug Clusters

It’s that time of year, when the ladybugs return to Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California.  I haven’t hiked out to see them yet this season, but I’ve heard from others that the clusters are back (I’ll head out next week to see for myself and take more photos).  Until then, here are a twoContinue reading “Swarm: Ladybug Clusters”

Photography 101: Moment

To capture a fleeting moment…..  but aren’t they all? The challenge?  WordPress Photography 101:  Moment

Photography 101: Architecture

The Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco… The challenge?  WordPress Photography 101:  Architecture