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IMG_4944Isabelle, Stratford Butterfly Farm, Stratford Upon Avon, UK

IMG_6702A watch hidden inside a glass of wine, Basel, Switzerland

IMG_8461Celebratory Eid lights twice over, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon

My blog isn’t specific to photography or writing or cooking or traveling, so I’ve included a variety of what inspires me. I don’t have many pictures of myself since I am usually the one behind the lens, but here are a few that I was able to dig up:

Searching for my ancestors in Edinburgh, UK, exploring the ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon, laughing with my sister, CA, exploring the V&A museum, London, UK, making trouble after winetasting, Sanford Winery, CA, self-portrait in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

Green isn’t a color that occurs in nature too much here in Southern California. I’ve grown up loving the mustard browns of the foothills; green stands out like neon on this backdrop, so I take note of it when I find it. I was overwhelmed by the rolling green hills of the Scottish highlands, and I appreciate the lush green of the Alps as much as I love the scrubby green cacti here at home.

A window box of peonies in Downe, Kent, UK, a moss-grown lamp in the subterranean wine tunnels of Ksara, Lebanon, the rolling terraced vineyards of Lavaux, Switzerland, grapes, winemaker inspecting his vines, Testuz, Switzerland, sunflowers from the farmer’s market, Claremont, CA, the gardens at Hampton Court, UK, Edinburgh Castle, UK, the graveyard where Shakespeare is buried, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, benches at dawn, Rochers de Naye, Switzerland, a mishappen pepper, Beirut, Lebanon, a rare glimpse of green through the doors of an old crusader castle, Byblos, Lebanon, cacti at Alma Rosa winery, Santa Rosa, CA, Sanford winery, Santa Rosa, CA, succulents, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, bubbles in the park across the street from my house, Claremont, CA.

Renewal. This makes me think of Easter, which makes me feel like this is really the wrong season for this photochallenge, but nonetheless…

Nothing quite so ‘new’ as new life.
Lambs and sheep outside my front door, Caux, Switzerland.

What would you call swimming in the Mediterranean and Rose on a deserted beach? Baptism and communion, all in one.

Sun salutations, Byblos, Lebanon.