Yosemite National Park

On October 1, 1890 thanks to the efforts of John Muir, over 750,000 acres surrounded by the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests became Yosemite National Park. The park is incredibly diverse and includes lakes, streams, granite cliffs, waterfalls, meadows, plants, towering trees, animals and much more. Yosemite Falls We visited in April, 2018 and the... Continue Reading →

Leach Botanical Gardens, Portland, OR

Portland has some beautiful botanical gardens including Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and Elk Rock Gardens, but my favorite is Leach Botanical Gardens. This beautiful, sixteen acre property was originally the home of John and Lilla Leach, who purchased a portion of the plot in the early 1930s. Their original home, a charming stone cottage, still... Continue Reading →

Images in Yellow

Thanks to Jess at I’ve Been Travelling Blog, I’m focusing on a specific color again today; yellow. Sunshine, warmth, flowers and some foods are the first things I think of when yellow comes to mind. Here are a few of my favorite photos in yellow. Kayaking off San Juan Island, WA Flowers at Mt. Rainier... Continue Reading →

Images in Green

Here’s another post inspired by Jess at I’ve Been Travelling Blog. This week, I’m posting thoughts and images of the color green. For many, nature may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of green, as it is seen so prolifically in the world around us. Others may think of money, greed,... Continue Reading →

The Redwoods, Mighty, Majestic Trees

Sequoia sempervirens, also known as costal redwood and California redwood, are the tallest and largest trees on the planet. They once covered over 2 million acres in Northern California. Sadly, due to over-logging in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, they now cover only 131,983 acres. In 1918, the Save the Redwoods League was formed... Continue Reading →

National Park Service Founder’s Day

National Park Service Founder’s Day is celebrated on August 25th and is the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which was intended to provide protection for the national parks and their resources. In honor of this day, I’ll share some photos from the National Parks I have visited. Here in... Continue Reading →

Travel Photos of Tokyo

Tokyo has been on my mind a lot recently due to the Olympic Games, so I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of this amazing city. One of the many stunning parks you’ll find in Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan's capital city, is the biggest city in the world and is home to 36... Continue Reading →

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