Saturday, July 23, 2016

NORMAN


Norman - bottom right
Nov. 1973 
This is Norman.
I bought Norman in Nov 1973
for my first apartment.  
After growing out of ceramic pots through the years and too large to transport from different places we lived; 
We planted Norman in my parent's
backyard in 1986. 
Norman continues to grow and seems very happy!! 
His permanent residence is now with Mom
in St. Augustine! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SUMMER TIME & FAMILY REUNIONS : -))

1899
Since "way back when,"  our family has gotten together
to catch up and have fun!! 
Cousins reacquaint! 


We EAT!! 

We DRINK!

1st Cousins
And, We're MERRY!
2nd Cousins
3rd Cousins + Mom to hold

FAMILY,
Like branches on a tree,
We all grow in different directions,
Yet our roots remain as one!
Life's greatest Gift,
is your FAMILY!!

~~~~~

Sunday, July 3, 2016

MUIR WOODS


The Redwoods in the BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK are the tallest and oldest trees on earth.  But the Muir Woods Redwoods are just as lovely and amazing  with some being 1,000 years old.   
Because Muir Woods is located in a canyon, these redwoods have never been logged.  Though scars from fire are seen on the bark of many of these majestic trees. 
Redwood Creek runs through the middle of Muir Woods making the forest floor lush with ferns, mosses and undergrowth!

Find the people in this photo.
Usually, I try NOT to photograph people
in my nature pictures.
But this is the only way to show the size of these enormous, beautiful trees! 




"This is the best tree-lover's monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." 
-John Muir



Monday, May 23, 2016

SANTA CRUZ

"Find your flow . . . .
and follow it to Santa Cruz!"




The afternoon we visited Santa Cruz, 
it was overcast and cool. 
But the surfers were still surfing and 
the walkers were still walking. 





Sunday, May 22, 2016

BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK

The Redwood Trail passes by some of the biggest, most interesting and most significant coast redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 




Tree Burls are a common sight throughout the coast redwood forests. Burlwood consists of masses of dormant buds. The burls around the trunk of this tree, is called the animal or zoo tree since some resemble animals. 





Redwoods are able to resist many of the effects of fire, but they are not always able to survive. 


This awesome old tree is estimated to be 2,000 years old. 
Such a unique visit and experience!!