Jan 1.2013 Looking back with gratitude, forward with hope…

Jan 1, 2013 early morning sunrise with iPhone

As I look back at the past year I realize I have taken some pretty big strides toward my “bucket list”… I only call it that because everyone knows what that is.

  • I vowed to pick up my camera and start taking pictures, check!
  • I vowed to start posting to a blog daily to share my favorite photos, and thoughts, check!
  • I vowed to be of service to others by carrying the message, check!
  • I vowed to re-connect with my long lost siblings after almost 40 years, check!
  • I vowed to step out of my comfort zone by setting up a family Facebook page, check!

Now here it is 2013 and I am pondering how I want to grow this year.

  • I want to master the use of my camera and not count on blind ass luck
  • I want to exercise more
  • I want to creatively collaborate with my friend to start a new secret artistic project (we are sworn to secrecy until we choose our method)
  • I want to rewrite my children’s book

That’s a good start, and as the year progresses I know my list will evolve.

For me saying out loud what my heart is feeling is the beginning of the manifestation of dreams.

Look out 2013… here I come!

twigs, seeds and leaves

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My Cahuilla Park adventure provided more fodder for my visual journey.I am learning how to take pictures with my Canon EOS and SEE what I can SEE, as my friend Linda always says… the best advice I have ever gotten from a photographer who was one of my first inspirations.

Her blog http://www.lindajeffers.com/blog has inspired me before i knew what a blog was. Thank you Linda and Jennifer Clark, who I follow as well, for your support!

Hiking on the desert floor…


Nature hike in Palm Desert on the Robert Smith trail was more enjoying than I thought it could be.

So much desertscape (of various shapes, sizes and textures) and scenery, and we only covered a very small part of the trail.  Did some finger art in the sand for fun…

Got so many good photos that I will be posting in a series.


sneaking up on the bush


Found this fresh new life in the middle of the arid desert


Mother Nature is amazing and just goes to prove life is around us, even when the odds are against it.  Loving the desert and the abundance it has in store.