Wandering the California Short-Grass Prairies

We have  a family house in Snelling, California, in the Central Valley on the banks of the ice-cold Merced River. My brother designed this lovely country house as a gathering place for the times when our family is able to visit … Continue reading

Wandering the Eastern Sierra – Leaving the Golden Forest

Hill of trees-LifeForcePhotos.com-LA Photographer Christine Murphy

Once I discovered there were blooming displays of yellow Aspen in an area east of the Sierra range, I decided I would make this trip and keep coming back.  This is one of those come-back trips and it is fascinating … Continue reading

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Breathtaking Ocean Homes

Charming Cottages and Breathtaking Ocean Homes Hansel and Gretel cottages or homes of modern beachfront architecture line the winding shore.  The flowers of an English country garden flourish amongst the cypress trees behind picket fences.  Here and there are placed … Continue reading