Lotusland

About half a year before my trip to the US, I was listening to NPR and happened to hear about Lotusland, a large garden in Santa Barbara. It sounded interesting and after looking it up online, I asked my aunt if she had ever been. She answered she hadn’t even heard of it and would […]

Hiking through the Glarner Alps

In early July, before the drought, we took Dutch friends of ours on a hike in the mountains. When I look back at the photos are marvel at how green everything was. There wildflowers were in bloom and there was plenty of sunshine. It was a perfect day for a beautiful hike. From the Garichti […]

Valley of Fire

My mind was whirring as the man from Scotland told me he had just spent 3 days photographing the Valley of Fire. We were in a jeep bouncing around on our way to photograph one of the slot canyons near Antelope Canyon. I had read an article about the Valley of Fire in a Sunset […]

Grafton Ghost Town

The heat is searing when I step out of the car. There is only the whisper of a slight breeze and the lazy chirping of insects. I turn and look around, and at once I am disappointed. After reading about Grafton ghost town, I had high hopes. But the spoiled Californian inside me, who has […]

Tomato Tarte Tatin

I love garden fresh tomatoes. That hit of warmth and sweetness when I bite into them fresh from the vine. Every year I plant 20 different varieties, mostly heirloom and in a mix of colors, shapes, sized and textures. Some of the seeds I plant are from tomatoes I brought back from Italy and every […]