Nature

The beauty of nature

Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in downtown Austin Texas is the perfect inner-city getaway! A beautiful escape to nature without leaving the city – I often make a pit-stop for a quick walk by the water when I’m in-between client appointments. It’s the perfect place to get a little exercise and unwind. For […]

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Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

We’re enjoying springtime weather in Austin Texas. The wildflowers blooming along the Austin roadways always get me thinking about my mom, affectionately known as Mumsy, who happens to love gardening. She loves getting her hands in the dirt. She loves picking out new plants to try out in her garden. She even managed to get […]

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Spring in Austin…almost :)

Spring in Austin…almost :)

Last week on Monday I was enjoying the beautiful spring weather in Austin, Texas. I noticed a few red bud trees blooming so in-between client appointments I stopped by Zilker Botanical Gardens to visit their red bud trees – just starting to bloom as you can see in this photo: Yesterday was 28 degrees Celsius […]

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Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch

Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch

This Portuguese Man O’ War arrived on the beach of St Jos. Island yesterday while I was walking along taking photos of the collection of things washed up on shore. The Portuguese Man O’ War was by far the most interesting and colorful item on display. More information on these marvelous creatures soon. For now […]

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Flowers From Faraway Fields

Flowers From Faraway Fields

Traveling to faraway places I enjoy seeing the various types of flora and fauna of a region. I have seen Impatiens growing wild along the mountainside of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I was reminded of Texas when I saw endless fields of wildflowers while on a train journey from Casablanca to Marrakech in Morocco. Traveling […]

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Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

In the Hill Country of Central Texas lies a massive granite boulder known as Enchanted Rock. The huge granite mass known as a batholith was created by molten rock about a billion years ago. The native people of the region called it Spirit Rock most likely due to the mysterious sounds emitted from deep inside […]

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Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Located at the Montreal Botanical Gardens the exhibit Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 included 48 entries from 19 countries. It took me two visits to view the entire exhibit, tickets were good for two days due to the size of the exhibit. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal started in 1998 and the first exhibit appeared at the Old Port […]

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Queen of Istanbul

Queen of Istanbul

My first visit to Istanbul, Turkey I stayed in the historic Sultanahmet neighborhood which is walking distance to many of the most popular sites of Istanbul. I walked past this beauty every day and I dubbed her Queen of Istanbul . She was a little camera-shy but I managed to get this photo before she turned […]

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Bison – Mosaiculture Montreal Botanical Garden

Bison – Mosaiculture Montreal Botanical Garden

The bison were part of the entry from Montreal, Quebec entitled Mother Earth at the Mosaiculture 2013 exhibit at Montreal Botanical Garden. I was in Montreal for the Jazz Festival so this exhibit was a welcome surprise. It was my first visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden and the ticket was good for two days due […]

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Downtown Calgary – Olympic Plaza

Downtown Calgary – Olympic Plaza

My hometown of Calgary, Alberta may have short summers but they are beautiful. There are plenty of gardens and parks around the city and Olympic Plaza is one of my favorite spots to people watch and enjoy the flowers. In the winter there is a skating rink which I did skate on but it’s been […]

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Traveling Buddies – Dog Cat Mouse

Traveling Buddies – Dog Cat Mouse

Dog Cat Mouse – a happy little trio I spotted in downtown Austin, TX a few years ago. Seeing a mouse snuggling on a cat who is sitting on a dog definitely made me smile. An adorable trio!

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Always Remember – Take Time to Smell the Flowers

Always Remember – Take Time to Smell the Flowers

2013 is nearly over and I enjoyed another wonderful year! We all could use a little reminder every now and then to stop and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.  As my grandmother used to tell me, always remember to take some time to smell the flowers.  Looking forward to 2014!

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