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Spring and Fall, the Most Colorful Times of the Year

This might be one of my favorite pictures by my friend Neville Crombie. Lucky me, I have been able to live near jacaranda trees since I moved to Southern California in 2001. How happy I was to find out jacaranda trees are in Sydney, too! I think part of the reason we picked out the apartment that we did (when we lived there) is because there was a jacaranda tree in bloom outside what would be the office window. 🙂

It’s fall in America, with amazing colors in some areas of the country. And it’s spring in Australia – with amazing colors in some areas of the country! This is a beautiful little Illawarah Flame tree standing next to a lovely jacaranda. And if I’m not mistaken, this is Centennial Park – the most perfect park in the world to run in! (Right, John?) 😀


Beautiful Pictures of Sydney from Neville Crombie

My friend Neville Crombie takes the most beautiful pictures! I love them, and asked Neville if I could share them with you. He lives in Sydney, Australia, and he recently took an afternoon to ride the ferry to Cremorne Point just to relax and take pictures. I hope you enjoy them!

For those of you who are interested, Neville uses his iPhone 5 for all the panorama shots and some of the others, and a Nikon D80 with an 18-135 zoom lens. He also takes still shots from his videos sometimes, shot with a Sony HRE12.











Beauty Makes the Heart Feel Rested

There’s something about being outside in woods and trees and mountains that makes me happy. Really happy for no additional reason. John and I had an opportunity to take a driving vacation to Utah for cheap so we went. I, for one, desperately needed a break from the last several months.

Here are some of the pictures I took on my iPhone. They don’t do the beauty of the area justice, but I hope you enjoy them. They’re only for the first half of the week because in the second half we spent all our time with our friends Kathleen and Fred and I didn’t want to stop having fun to upload the pictures here. 🙂

Our first view of Utah - wow!

John pretends to fall asleep driving

I couldn't believe how pretty the drive was

Park Silly Markets on Main Street last Sunday

John's happy because we found Centennial Park again - just not in Sydney

A few minutes later, we found The Centennial house for sale - Happy Kitty

So happy to be out walking in the forest, even if it's a maintenance road. Didn't mean to, but we ended up walking almost to the top of the mountain behind me.

Beautiful wildflower along the path - part of the reason I love to go hiking

Farther up the mountain, John still has plenty of energy. Deer Valley Resort in the background became our final destination, about 2 hours up and an hour and half back down to our hotel. Legs hurt for days! LOL!

Made it to the top without passing out or quitting - the view was totally worth it!

Park City, a former silver mining town - whatever this is, it says EXPLOSIVES above the door. Pretty cool looking.

John was so excited to find an original Banksy street art piece!

We really enjoyed visiting Park City. The two Banksy pieces that John found might be his favorite part of the visit. Walking around woods and forest was probably my favorite part. But a very close second to me was being able to see and hang out with my writer friend Kathleen. (Her new book The Great Cat Caper just came out!) I don’t know if we’ve ever just had fun together without being on a writing trip. That being said, we of course had to do a little writing and brainstorming together – for fun! LOL!