Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland, OR

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens located in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland. This beautiful, nine acre garden is currently bursting with rhododendron and azalea blossoms in a variety of brilliant colors. The tranquility of the garden provides a lovely place to stroll and take photos, do a…

Bath Spa, UK

The picturesque and charming town of Bath Spa, a 90 minute train ride from London, is filled with a rich and interesting history dating back to 60 AD when the Romans built the famous baths here. Situated on the River Avon, you will find many other fascinating sites in Bath including Bath Abbey, the famous…

Travel Photos of Australia

Australia is known for its vast, diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscapes, beaches, deserts, strange and beautiful animals, spiders, snakes and don’t forget Vegemite! I was fortunate to have captured photos of a few of these amazing sites ten years ago this month on my one trip down under, which I will share today. Port Phillip…

Travel Photos of California

California became a state on September 9, 1850 and is home to the highest (Sierra Nevada Range) and the lowest (Death Valley) points in the contiguous United States. It has nine National Parks, more than any other state and is the birth place of Apple computers and the Barbie doll. There are beaches, mountains, deserts,…

Reflection Photos

It has been an intense week at work and as a result I have not had any time to prepare a blog post, so I will share some photos of reflections that I have taken over the years. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, Australia. Near Denali National Park, Alaska. Odawara Castle, Hakone, Japan. A…

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Like many people, autumn is my favorite time of year, not only for the cooler weather and the spectacular colors, but because it represents a new beginning. And who can resist stepping on crunchy leaves?! I love this quote from one of my favorite books, Where the Crawdads Sing: “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly….

Monet’s Garden

Twenty years ago my husband, daughter and I took a trip to Europe with my sister and her family. We started in Edinburgh, where we strolled along the Royal Mile and visited the castle. We had to stop at a woolen shop to stock up on hats, scarves and gloves since we were all so…

Paris, France

I have written many blog posts about France, but I have put off writing about Paris because…well, what can I say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? There are many large cities in France that are equally inviting and as beautiful as Paris, including Nice and Lyon; however, no travel site is complete without…

Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop’s Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim…