Tulip Gardens at Crystal Hermitage

As part of a photography group, I recently visited the tulip gardens at Crystal Hermitage, which is part of the Ananda community located about 15 miles northeast from Nevada City (California) in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Point Arena Lighthouse

“Situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline adjacent to the town of Point Arena, is the 1,665-acre Point Arena-Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument. The first shoreline unit of the Monument offers spectacular views of coastal bluffs, sea arches, the estuary of the Garcia River, and sandy beaches and dunes with eight milesContinue reading “Point Arena Lighthouse”

Sundial Bridge | Redding, California

“A bridge adds energy to the landscape.” ~ Santiago Calatrava, world-renowned Spanish architect and engineer who conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design I was in the Redding area (in Northern California) for a wedding last June. With a few unscheduled hours early in the day I decided to do a little exploring, and knowing thatContinue reading “Sundial Bridge | Redding, California”

California’s Big Basin Redwoods State Park

A recent wedding in the Santa Cruz area gave me an opportunity to visit California’s oldest State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. “Established in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods is California’s oldest state park. In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, its biggest attractions—literally—are its ancient coast redwoods. Some of these giants are moreContinue reading “California’s Big Basin Redwoods State Park”

Moss Landing – A Hidden Treasure in Monterey County, California

One of the many benefits of living in Northern California is the close proximity to the beach! It’s just a three-hour drive from Sacramento to Monterey County and its well-known attractions, including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium, the scenic views of 17-Mile Drive, and the monarch butterflies of Pacific Grove. But 15 miles north / northeastContinue reading “Moss Landing – A Hidden Treasure in Monterey County, California”