My vacations tend to be... full. Full of wandering adventures, exploring new places while seeing, tasting and experiencing as much as I possibly can. I was surprised while visiting Dyffryn Gardens to realize that the place made me want to rest. The estate grounds and gardens had me longing to come back and spend a quiet week or two relaxing in the Welsh countryside. Those weeks would be spent on things like tea on the terrace, leisurely games of croquet, meandering to the town market, reading in the shade or strolling through the rolling pastures, dotted with sheep.
This dahlia photograph is still one of my all time favorite images I've created! Wandering through that dahlia garden was when I realized that dahlias had become my second favorite type of flower.
Let this dahlia bring color into your space with by displaying it somewhere that needs a dose of cheerfulness. It is available in a variety of sized prints, canvases and metal prints, or as a digital download if you have a print shop that you prefer to use!
When I visited Hawaii I was able to stay with my aunt on the Big Island of Hawaii, and she was kind enough to be our tour guide throughout our stay! She showed us all sorts of stunning places on the island. One day while hiking to Akaka Falls we walked past this banyan tree. I was completely in awe of the sheer scale of the tree. I kept backing up and backing up to attempt to get the entire tree to fit in the frame of my camera. While photographing it I kept thinking about how long it has been steadily growing, reaching outward and then grounding itself downward.
Banyan trees are not native to Hawaii, but they thrive in the climate there, growing to massive sizes!
Fun fact: Banyans are strangler figs. They grow from seeds that land on other trees. The roots they send down smother their hosts and grow into stout, branch-supporting pillars that resemble new tree trunks.
When you're wandering along the Oregon coast you never know quite what you'll see! The beach could be covered in fog, storming, blanketed in thick clouds or bathing in warm golden sunlight like it was this day!
I loved the soothing blues tones through the landscape with a hint of gold highlighting the haze along the horizon.
This wall art is perfect if you live far away from the sea, or want to feel like you're walking on the beach whenever you see it!
Prints, wall art and digital downloads are available in the shop!
Fire Wave is one of the most well-know rock formations at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. One of my coworkers suggested checking it out on my trip to Las Vegas earlier this year. When we mapped out our day in the park it was slated to be the last stop on our itinerary. The mild hike wound through other rock formations and when we arrived I was actually pretty surprised that the scale of the rock formation was smaller than I thought it would be.
I might have been surprised at the scale of the formation, but I certainly wasn't disappointed. the stripes of strata are highlighted by the curved shape. Fire Wave might not be the biggest rock formation I've ever seen, but it is certainly beautiful, and one worth checking out the next time you are in Las Vegas!
I kind of have a black thumb, so this January I challenged myself to keep a plant alive for a year, then bought three to help the odds. I'm proud to report that all three plants are still alive. If you're someone who has a black thumb and wants some greenery in your house then this leaf photograph might be just the solution, as it requires absolutely no watering or care!
Most of the fantastic trees that I share are ones from wilderness, or at least from a large park such as an arboretum. These five trees caught my eye with how they are lined up so well in the courtyard. They are perfectly sized to frame the park benches below and the color of the trees compliments both the buildings and the ivy climbing up the walls.
These fantastic trees can be found at the Folk Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) in Oslo, Norway.