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A Frosty Morning in Idyllwild – Bikini Frog Protests

A Frosty Morning in Idyllwild – Bikini Frog Protests

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Idyllwild has finally been dusted with a precious snow blanket. The drought continues, but a small amount of relief has been granted. The only one complaining is my bikini frog.

A Hike Along The Ernie Maxwell Trail, Idyllwild, CA

A Hike Along The Ernie Maxwell Trail, Idyllwild, CA
Small Waterfall

Small Waterfall

We are three weeks into 2015. I hope you have had a great start to this year. 2014 ended in difficulty for me, and 2015 shows no relief. I think to myself I’ve got 11 more months to make this a great year.

One of the things I find comforting is to take a walk in the woods. When I hear bird calls, water flowing, and the wind tickling the tops of the pines, every care melts away.

The Ernie Maxwell Trail

The Ernie Maxwell Trail

Yesterday, February 20, 2015 dawned as fabulous spring day in the middle of winter. The temperature was in the mid 60’s with light streaky clouds. I decided to wipe the cares off my shoulders and take a hike. The minute I stepped onto the Ernie Maxwell Trail in Idyllwild, CA, my senses became more refined and I started listening to my animal friends. The first thing I heard was the screech of a hawk high overhead. Then the chime of finches talking to each other took over. A chipmunk scurried across the path to get out of my way. I stopped to listen to the rhythm of the wind dance in the tree tops.

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

Looking closely, I revel in the colors of the forest. The rocks hold beautiful shades of pink, orange, yellow, tans and browns.

Boulder along the Ernie Maxwell Trail

Boulder along the Ernie Maxwell Trail

I feel as if I become part of nature while I am on these hikes rather than a human separate from it. I appreciate the land, water, and sky and say a silent thank you to mother nature for providing all of the elements people need to survive.

The forest that surrounds the Ernie Maxwell Trail

The forest that surrounds the Ernie Maxwell Trail

Wishing You A Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
— Hamilton Wright Mabie

Merry Christmas to you.

Merry Christmas to you.

Happy Hanukkah to you.

Happy Hanukkah to you.

The World’s Most Expensive Art

The holidays have arrived. I have been thinking about presents to give to my loved ones. I whimsically daydream about giving my husband a master painting or photograph. This train of thought made me wonder what the most expensive paintings in the world are.

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch

I research the subject and found this Wikipedia article that I thought you might enjoy as well.

If I happen to be on your list, I’ll take Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Thank you very much.

Access Robert Frank’s Photos

Robert Frank in action

Robert Frank in action

Did you know that the National Gallery of Art has a massive archive of Robert Frank’s photos and movies? Did you know you can access them? That’s right, you can view his work from 1937 to 2005. The archive even includes contact sheets, work prints, negatives, technical material, and even recordings. It’s the largest collection of Frank’s work anywhere in the world.

Click here to get further info on how to gain access to this archive.

Happy Thanksgiving From Washington DC

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This year my Thanksgiving greetings are coming to you from Washington DC. In fact, I am writing this blog as I sit in the Garden Cafe at the National Gallery of Art. This morning, before hopping on the bus up to the museum, I cooked up my favorite holiday snack, Gina’s Cranberry Poppers.

Why am I in a museum instead of enjoying the day with family? Unfortunately, my husband has to work today, so I’m on my own. If I have to be alone, the NGA is a wonderful place to be. Here’s a photo of my Thanksgiving lunch in the Garden Cafe.

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I hope you stuff your faces and need to buy a bigger belt on Black Friday.

Georgia O’Keeffe Painting Breaks Auction Records

O'Keeffe Jimson WeedImportant news in the art world. Georgia ‘Okeeffe’s “Jimson Weed/White Flower #1 has broken auction records for a female artist. It sold for 44.4 million US dollars, breaking the previous record by Joan Mitchell. Read details about the auction here.

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