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I love the moment when the sun tips over the hills and begins to waken the sleeping beach.
It was a bit out of focus – the question of what makes a home. Four walls and a roof certainly qualify and yet, upon returning back from vacation, I realized that my four walls and a roof had lost its soul. For weeks our poor home sat lifeless. Upon arrival the plants were drooping; gone were those beautiful orchids and in their place were sticks where blooms used to be. A storm had left the…
This may seem like an odd photo choice for such a profound question. And yet the answer is so simple. I go to places of joy. I go to things that make me happy. I go to simple accomplishments that build to greater achievements.
In this particular example I was introduce to SC and the adorable Charley by my adorable CF. And as our relationship progressed and we all gained a greater confidence in…
The next stop was the Chateau Marmont
Chateau is the perfect co-conspirator; as Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures said in 1939, “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.”
Walking through the halls you wish that the walls could talk.
A great movie about the hotel is Somewhere.
Somewhere is a witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco (played by…
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The residences are discreetly tucked away in groves of trees intentionally unobtrusive. Organic. Cloistered.
The garden is lovely. Naturally (pun intended) it is organic with unique specialty crops and growing techniques and much of it is edible (including the dahlias). The grade is a diverse ecosystem of heirloom varietals (oh my, their tomatoes taste like tomatoes from my Dad’s garden), herbs, flowers and other assorted vegetables. I wanted to sit under the apple tree for hours….Gardening The garden is lovely. Naturally (pun intended) it is organic with unique specialty crops and growing techniques and much of it is edible (including the dahlias).
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Peonies have seemed lately the flower of the moment. I predict Dahlia’s are next. Beautiful and individual - striking in color and texture.
I was staring off into space in a world half reality half dream state when he approached to offer me some more coffee. It was really well executed. Gentle and purposeful and not the least bit off-putting for someone on holiday early in the morning. We struck up a brief conversation and as quickly as he arrived, he disappeared… Onto the next table leaving me to my morning thoughts. CF was off…
It made me laugh. I traveled to Alaska with my Dad two years ago hoping to see a whale and on the very last evening at dinner a whale teased me by just raising the tip of its tail. It was a moment and one that I could have just as easily conjured in my imagination.
So we are driving along and suddenly I see a spout of water in the distance (and I mean in the distance) which inspires me to ask CF if this would be a time for whale migration north? In Laguna (where I have yet to see a whale) it is widely acknowledged as October and March. Just as the question left my lips, I see a black hump emerge from the blue water and another spout. My pulse quickened and without any provocation CF turns the car around and before you know it we are standing roadside watching a pod of Whales, flocks of gulls and pelicans, eating what could only be described as a seafood buffet. I, of course, lacked the right lens for the occasion but decided to shoot anyway just relishing the thrill of it and wanting to remember. It was spectacular.
The fact that I even saw it as we were cruising along at a nice clip is also spectacular but in a different way.
This is one of the reasons I love a good road trip. If you plan it well, and make the time to take the time, you will spot the unexpected. On this day, whales, deer, elk and, absurdly, a herd of Zebra tucked in the California hillside. I loved it.Whale watching It made me laugh. I traveled to Alaska with my Dad two years ago hoping to see a whale and on the very last evening at dinner a whale teased me by just raising the tip of its tail.
Photos and quotation borrowed from the movie Sideways
Metaphors for Milestones Photos and quotation borrowed from the movie Sideways Maya: You know, can I ask you a personal question, Miles?
Maya: You know, can I ask you a personal question, Miles?
Miles Raymond: Sure.
Maya: Why are you so in to Pinot?
Miles Raymond: [laughs softly]
Maya: I mean, it’s like a thing with you.
Miles Raymond: [continues laughing softly]
Miles Raymond: Uh, I don’t know, I don’t know. Um, it’s a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It’s uh, it’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s, you know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.
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