green room, green fin

green room, green fin

In late January, forces combined to create perfection at Bolsa Chica, HB:  firm, offshore winds; a clean, consistent swell; late afternoon sun, which glowed through hollow waves.  Where my husband Terry, my photographer-surfer friend Pam, and I were checking the conditions, three guys were surfing.  They were good.  They made it look easy, dropping into
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surfmobile

surfmobile

When I started surfing, I lived in New York.  Like most New Yorkers, I didn’t own a car.  Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I’d take the subway with my board and gear to Penn Station and catch a local train out to Long Beach, Long Island.  Now, although I live in southern California and own
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coastal edge

coastal edge

Here in southern California, in January, we had a few days of heavy rain, a large swell, and high tides – all at the same time.  On the Sunday after one of the storms, my husband and I rode our bikes on the path at Bolsa Chica State Beach, to check out how the beach
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medusa, mermaids

medusa, mermaids

The reliefs and sculptures of these souls, their grace and mystery caught my eye.  Thinking more about what linked these characters to each other, I learned that they share deep historical and cultural roots. In many ways, Medusa and mermaids are kindred spirits.  Both are mythical, hybrid creatures.  Being part human, they feel and think
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frogs & succulents

frogs & succulents

Growing up, I was surrounded by maples and oaks.  When I moved to California, so many of the plants looked to me like creations by Dr. Seuss.  It took me a few years to stop seeing palm trees as exotic, foreign. Until I moved out west, I had never heard the word “succulent”, a family
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Protected: patriot – labor day weekend 2013

Protected: patriot – labor day weekend 2013

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ombú

ombú

A few weeks ago, two of my friends and I visited South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, here in California.  We weren’t able to see the entire plant collection since the site covers almost 90 acres and we had arrived in the afternoon.  For me, the most memorable plants were two young ombú trees. 
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retro deco

retro deco

There are some landmarks and things that recall a past culture or time and are still used today.  Some of them are cherished.  You can tell; they are well cared for.  In some cases, a professional designer didn’t have a hand in their creation, but they have a certain draw or charm because of their
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