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A Visit to Solvang

(19 photos) I spent two nights recently at the adorable little Danish village of Solvang. It’s north of Los Angeles by about 140 miles, and about 170 from my hometown of Orange. Visiting post-tourist season was a good choice. My motel room was gorgeous and at a rate of $92/night including breakfast and passes for […]

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Mini Road Trip

(10 photos) I just returned from a four day get-away, what I’m calling a mini road trip. It was so refreshing …I don’t refer to my trips as relaxing because I’m not able to sit still, but a change of scenery, new places to explore, lots of photo ops, that’s my kind of trip! Saturday, […]

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The Falconer

(19 photos) I walked along the trail at Point Vicente Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Peninsula this past Sunday. The breathtaking view was enough to keep my eyes focused on the ocean, but turning, I noticed something up ahead on the trail. Getting closer, I realized a man had a large bird on his arm. Closer […]

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Kayaking Lake Gregory

(11 photos) I drove up the San Bernardino mountains to Lake Gregory yesterday morning to fulfill one of my summertime goals of kayaking there. The drive took just a bit more than an hour, which is basically nothing in Southern California drive life. The weather on the mountain was gorgeous, the lake smooth, deep blue, […]

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Pink and White

Two beautiful blooms smiling for my camera at San Juan Capistrano during my recent visit. ~SueBee

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Los Rios Historic District, SJC

(25 photos) Exiting the train this past Sunday from my spontaneous ride to San Juan Capistrano, I was surprised to find a tiny row of shops and restaurants running directly along the train tracks. Turns out the area holds many of the town’s original buildings from the days before California was part of the United […]

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Afternoon on the Mountain, Oak Glen

I realized yesterday while starting a few projects in my craft room that I hadn’t been to Oak Glen for some time, so I put aside the projects and hopped in my little truck. The 1 and a 1/4 hour drive was pleasant. I went straight away to a favorite spot, Snow Line, for coffee […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

For this week’s photo challenge, Earth, I chose four of my silly selfies taken with my iPhone. They feature me at various stops in California. I’m certain most of us agree, we’re each charged with protecting our Earth, regardless the ignorant people in political power. We must work all the harder to protect the beauty we’re […]

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Henry the Desert Tortoise

(6 photos) Weekend before last I explored the area near Modjeska Canyon and came upon a tiny nature center where I “met” Henry. Having had a tortoise when I was very young, and turtles having been my very favorite animal in those days, I was drawn to Henry. The space he called home was quite […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green

(5 photos) This week WordPress Photo Challenge, It IS Easy Being Green, was an easy one for me. I’d taken a drive last weekend through some back canyons here in Southern California, and was surrounded by green hills. All the rain this season turned us into a lush paradise. So, in Southern California, it IS easy […]

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Modjeska, Off the Beaten Path

(14 photos) It’s often impossible when living and working in the concrete jungle of Southern California to imagine that rustic, rural places do still exist around us… and often within very short driving distances. This past Sunday, I took myself for a drive and a bit of exploring in the region south of where I […]

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View from Modjeska Grade Road

Today’s Foto Fix was taken while I explored Modjeska Canyon in southern Orange County yesterday afternoon. Yes, it was a gorgeous day. 🙂 ~SueBee

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Art Along the Coast

I took a short vacation a few months back and explored the area along Southern California’s coast. Driving south from my hometown of Orange, there remain a few places that aren’t lined with housing tracts bumper to bumper. So refreshing! While keeping an eye out for art in public places as I drove along, I found […]

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Waving Grammy

Today’s Foto Fix is of Waving Grammy…. well, the chair that Waving Grammy should be sitting in actually. I saw this rather unusual scene while exploring the area in and around Cambria, up central California’s coast, a year or two ago. Since I’m Grammy to both Daisy Mae and Kansas, pups belonging to my kiddos […]

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Oak Glen with Snow, part 2

(9 photos) Continuing from my previous post, this gallery includes more photos taken at Oak Glen when Kat and I made a spontaneous visit earlier this week. Oak Glen is my “go to” relaxation place for those times I need to get away for a few hours, breathe fresh mountain air, listen to the soothing sounds of […]

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Oak Glen with Snow, part 1

(10 photos) Kat and I both have days off work this week (yippee!) and took a spontaneous drive to Oak Glen yesterday. While we noticed plenty of snow on the high mountains the next range over from Oak Glen, we didn’t expect to see snow on the ground in Oak Glen. It was a wonderful […]

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Letterboxing and Geocaching

(16 photos in gallery) While in Big Bear over Thanksgiving weekend, my sister-in-law, Jeanne, suggested we explore the area, searching for Letterboxing and Geocaching sites. I’d heard of Geocaching, where people hide tiny items for others to find via GPS coordinates. Letterboxing is somewhat similar, but has more of a treasure hunt element because of the […]

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Glider Launch Site

While up on the mountain this past Sunday, walking around a tiny “town” (gathering of cute shops and a couple restaurants) called Rim Forest, near Crestline, a young guy saw me with my camera and asked if I wanted to know about a place with great scenery. Naturally, I followed his directions, and ended up […]

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Late Afternoon at Crystal Cove

Today being Friday, my favorite day of the workweek, I decided to drive directly to the beach from work, rather than going home. I had my camera along and thoroughly enjoyed myself walking along the beach at Crystal Cove State Park, in Southern California. The weather was spectacular! ~SueBee

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Red Farm Store

I took today’s Foto Fix this past Sunday outside of Cal Poly Pomona’s Farm Store. In the background, a bit of snow is still to be seen on the mountains. With our current heat wave, though, I expect it will sadly be all melted within days. ~SueBee

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