Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Twin Falls

The 52 mile Road to Hana on Maui’s east coast is full of wonder and beauty around every hairpin turn.  The first waterfall on our journey was the stunning Twin Falls located in a peaceful cove surrounded by lush foliage.  The scenic and oftentimes slippery 30 minute hike was well worth it!  To get there, you’ll need to cross a small stream and walk over other tricky, slippery surfaces, so leave your flip flops in the car, strap on a pair of sturdy waterproof shoes and be sure to bring your camera!

Twin Falls is the perfect way to kick off your Road to Hana experience!

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Lahaina SunsetSometimes words aren’t necessary.

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Napili Bay

On day 2, before the sun, sounds of laughter and beach goers filled Napili Bay in Maui, I woke up around 5:30am with camera & tripod in tow and enjoyed a tranquil moment listening to the waves caressing the shore and watching the changing colors of the sunrise paint the sky.

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Just look at that face!

This little guy greeted us every morning in the outdoor kitchen of our accommodations at the magical Bali Tree Cottage in Hawaii.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to read about geckos, beautiful gardens, outdoor showers, intricately carved Balinese wood panels and everything that made this place we called home on the Big Island so special!


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Catalina Island
26 miles across the sea…Santa Catalina is waiting for me!”

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Lake Arrowhead

Magic Hour + Lake Arrowhead = Perfection

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Avon River

The dreamlike Avon River instantly made my “Top Ten Most Beautiful Rivers” list when I set eyes upon it almost ten years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I was captured by the lush, green willow trees draping over the peaceful water with reflections twinkling in the sunlight.

Perfect for relaxing, reflecting or just watching the world go by in a magical setting, it’s no wonder that the Avon River really is the river of my dreams.

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Did I ever mention that I’m 100% Italian…?

(Well…in my heart, that is…)

The moment I set foot in Italy, I knew it was something special.

Even though I’m a mix of French Canadian, Polish, Indian and English (and proud of it!), I’d like to think that in a previous life, I lived in an enchanting, medieval, Italian hill town overlooking the canyon below.

Maybe even a hill town like this…

CivitaCivita di Bagnoregio

On the last leg of our honeymoon in 2010, my hubby and I traveled around Italy, and the one place I couldn’t wait to visit the most was the once thriving, now quiet hilltop gem known as Civita di Bagnoregio!


Once the gateway to Rome, Civita now sits high above a decaying plateau and is connected to its neighboring town of Bagnoregio by a “bring-supportive-shoes-this-is-an-extremely-steep-foot-bridge” bridge constructed when years of erosion, earthquakes and wind took effect and left it isolated from the modern world.  (Hence its nickname “The Dying Town.”)  Now, less than 15 people call Civita home.


Prepare to be transported back in time as you enter the arched gates of the city.  Founded by the Etruscans over 2500 years ago, Civita is untouched by the modern world and is a wonderland for artists and photographers alike.


Charm oozes out of every nook and cranny —
from the lush foliage clinging on arches and walls…

…to the colorful potted plants dotting the staircases.

CivitaRising out of the Umbrian countryside and sitting high above the clouds, Civita provides stunning panoramas that captivate and mesmerize.

CivitaThere are surprises around every corner —
from spiral staircases decending into the canyon’s abyss…

Civita Kitties…to precious kitties snuggling side by side…

Civita…to a chapel deep inside a cave…

…to a secret garden just beyond the gate.

All you have to do is stroll along the cobblestone paths to discover visual treasures.

CivitaCivita was also the birthplace of Franciscan friar and theologian, St. Bonaventure.
His childhood home fell prey to erosion and has since fallen off the cliff into the precipice below.


There are many enchanting places to visit in Italy, but if you have to visit just one, I highly encourage you to experience this modern day medieval fairy tale!  It’s only 90 miles north of  Rome…so why not be transported into this dreamland?

Civita is waiting for you!

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On our recent trip to Bernardo Winery in San Diego, we discovered that the findings in a barrel room can create some of the most interesting compositions.  In addition to an old, dusty rocking horse, we came across a string of light bulbs draped along the wine barrels.

String of Lights

The light bulbs provided a nice contrast against the dark barrels and also created a romantic ambiance.  I also love how they diminish in size and fade off into the background.

This experience has taught me to approach my surroundings with an open curiosity because you never know what you will find!

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Have I ever said how much I love photography?  Well, I do…especially when I come across something so unique or random that it just beckons the camera to come out and play!

So in my last post, I mentioned that my hubby was whisking me away on a surprise weekend getaway…and my guess was right – San Diego!

Yesterday on our way home, we stopped at the oh-socharmingyouwishyoucouldbottleitup Bernardo Winery.  As we strolled through the winery, we came across the barrel room – a dimly lit, unassuming room filled with large barrels…nothing out of the ordinary.

But as we meandered deeper into the room, we started to discover hidden gems that made for unique photo compositions.

Tucked away in the back and lit by a stream of light appeared before me one of those hidden gems…

Rocking HorseYour typical rocking horse in a barrel room!

Seriously…how random is that?  And I couldn’t wait to photograph it!

It has an eeriness about it, and it sent a shiver down my spine…especially when a vision of those creepy twin girls from the movie “The Shining” popped into my head!   YIKES!  Delete!  Delete!

After I cleared my head & returned to my happy place, I began to wonder, “What the heck is a rocking horse doing in a barrel room?!”

My imagination went wild…

Did the owner’s kids play in this room?

Did someone put the rocking horse here & just forget about it?

Does the rocking horse come alive at night & partake of the vino?  (Hey, it’s my imagination!!!)

Whatever the reason, I was so happy I stumbled upon it.

It’s random discoveries like these that feed my love of photography!

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