New Zealand's North Island

and my sweet visit with Félix, Abbey and Holly.

There are countless beautiful places in the world. Some have untouched beaches, others luscious forests, some places have more mystery and culture. I can not by any means claim to have seen it all. However from what I've seen in my short month stay in the subtropical North Island of New Zealand, this country appears to have it all! I hear spectacular things about the South too which I hope to visit one day soon.

What I'll miss the most about NZ... my son Félix of course, Abbey and Holly. Riddled with life force and bountiful energies. They don’t ever stop exploring! I will miss the majestic waterfalls, the long walks on hard packed sand and endless white beaches, the sweet color of the water, the rolling hills, small winding roads, exotic looking plants, the endless calls of cicadas and crickets, the beauty of the Māori people, massive ferns and trees, free roaming sheep and livestock, the eloquent sounds from a Tui bird, the massive and majestic Kauri tree, the sudden fall of soft rain followed by hard rain then back to soft, the salutations from peaceful strangers, and walking bare feet just about anywhere.

I won't miss the stress of crossing the street as a pedestrian (note to self, look right first, then left, then right. And lastly I won't miss pretending I will achieve an award winning image of sheep with my 35mm lens. These free roaming grazing sheep see you coming miles away! And lastly, I won’t miss my slow traveling laptop.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Félix, Abbey and Holly for welcoming me into your home and graciously share your part of your corner of the world, tolerating my lens and making my holiday incredibly special! I’m forever grateful, xox

Spain and Catalonia

You are both imposingly beautiful, and delightfully kind. Filled to the brim with culture, history, delicious tapas and wine! Maria and Dag from Hidden Places so generously invited me to their exquisite home tucked away on the edge of the rich historic Ebro river. It is easy to spot old bits of pottery from ancient past. "In antiquity, the Ebro was used as the dividing line between Roman (north) and Carthaginian (south) expansions after the First Punic War (264–241 BC)" ..states Wikipedia. The images below are but a glimpse of Spain's magnificence! My encounters with Maria, Dag,  Lucia, Jocelyne and many more are simply precious to me. Muchas Gracias y Salud! xoxoxo

Tofino and the great Visitors!

Félix and Abbey invited her family over from Western Australia. They are an absolute hoot! I tagged along on a small portion of their West Coast trip. A short 1.5 days in Tofino. Even a short burst of Tofino air wether damp and cold or warm is enough to fill anyone's lungs for weeks. That place is magic and the Boulderdash game split my stomach muscles:) Now they're off south via California. Safe travels to you all. Miss you already.