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  • PhotoFeature: Portland Japanese Garden in Winter

    I seem to have an affinity for Japanese Gardens. Landscaped with rich greenery and dotted with stone and bronze sculptures not to mention the ponds in them, these gardens seem to have a soothing effect on me. When I walked in through the gates of Portland Japanese Garden, it...
  • Our World | Weeping Cherry Tree

    Spring is almost synonymous with flowers.  Ever since I got to see Cherry Blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, it’s what comes to mind first when the season rolls in. I yearn for the sight of those pretty white flowers that cloud its trees and turn...
  • Glimpses: Oregon Zoo

    Every Zoo has them Giraffes, Tigers and Lions. However there is usually something to set each one apart from the rest. Some zoos stand out because they have animals from a particular geographical area, some, because they they have only a few barely-heard-of animals. (Read: Oakland’s own Little Africa | Exotic animals of...
  • A hike into Elephant Seal territory

    If Winter has passed it means breeding season is done and it is time for molting. Spring and Summer months mean a good time to visit Elephant Seal habitat because this is when the Northern Elephant seals settle down on shore, bask in the warm sun and let go...
  • A Tulip Fest or a visual feast?

    “Ten thousands saw I at a glance Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.” * Only they weren’t Daffodils, but Tulips. The Daffodils were almost out of season and the Tulips had taken center stage. The place was Wooden Shoe Tulip Farms and the occasion was the annual Tulip Fest...
  • Our World: Tulip Time

    If it is April and you find yourself in Oregon or Washington — remember it is time for Tulips — you might want to treat yourself to this gorgeous sight: Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon Some Tulip events you could check out: Skagit Tulip Festival, Washington Woodland Tulip Festival,...
  • Now that the spring is in the air…

    Now that the spring is in the air, Vasona Park in Los Gatos – California is a place to visit if you love wild flowers and if you live in or are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. We picnicked there last spring and had a delightful day. How...
  • The Lone Cypress

    Called the Lone Cypress, this tree is believed to have survived in its rocky environs for over 250 years. This tree can be seen when you go on the 17 Mile Drive in Monterey, California. Linked to OurWorldTuesday Places near The Lone Cypress/ 17 Mile Drive You might also...
  • A redwood route for a hike with a tyke

    When you’re a parent, especially of children five and under, hiking is an activity you push aside thinking of the  hassles and the dangers that may come your way. Add to that the burden of those mom bags (crammed with snacks, diapers and extra set of clothes among other...
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