This is not the first time I mentioned Hazelnuts. Willamette Vally In Oregon harvests 3.5% of the world crop, 99% of the U.S. I’ve tasted the crops from a dozen of farms and walked down endless rows of filbert trees, but I have never seen how the nuts grow on the trees. October is theContinue reading “Hazelnuts”
Up early and out for a walk. It was not a weekend day, but the path was unusually quiet and peaceful. Besides a couple of runners and bikers, I am the only stroller on the path. Birds were enjoying or hunting their breakfast in relaxing pace. Cormorant and turtle buddy claimed own spot; Wood DuckContinue reading “Morning Walk by the Pond”
Growing up in the tropical region with bugs and insects everywhere, I ran away from them as soon as possible. Now living in the northwest, a nature-inspired place, I began to like everything nature offers. Either the colors from the creatures or that the earth provides, they are ‘naturally’ paired and visually delightful.
Air travel without pressure and hassles is still a luxury. Road trips are not practical either when lodging and eat-out are required. Going through old travel pictures for home-bound days rekindles some sweet memories. Italy is charming wherever you go. We had the most enjoyable experience staying in one place in Tuscany and travel byContinue reading “Memories from Travels – Ravello, Italy”
if there is blue sky above with patches of white clouds and golden Sunshine under to glow the flowers… It’s steaming hot outside, but I feel the calm and cool air in my mind.
After 4-year recess, I am on the bike again. There are so many bike trails within a 30-40 minutes drive. The majority of the section is along the lake or the river, and some are under the canopy of the lofty and dense trees. A morning ride in the cool weather to kick off aContinue reading “On the Bike again”
Backyard birds are our pets, friends, and entertainers. Wild birds seen in the woods are nice surprises on occasion; Birds surrounding us daily are the ones that enhance our lives, at least in my case. My love for birds stemmed from observing their behavior. First, they inspire us to invent airplanes. The instinct stored inContinue reading “Humanity in Birds”
We have beautiful summer here in Northwest. Heat can be consuming at times, but trade-offs are the whole yard of lush blooms and colors. When the choices are abundant, I, on the contrary, don’t feel inspired to spend hours on my favorite close-up flower pictures. Reality is truthful but not all beautiful. My passion forContinue reading “Olympic Trial and Ballet”
Joseph is located in NE Oregon, the gateway to Wallowa Mountains (‘little Switzerland in Oregon’). It is the kind of place where I go back to visit every once a while and never get tired of it. The town is surrounded by a breathtaking mountain range and inhabited by many talented artisans who make gorgeousContinue reading “My Fair Lady”
“It is Ok to paint over a picture. There is still layer of creativity required to transform a picture to a painting.” This is the message I recently heard from a professional artist and teacher. What it does is to eliminate the sketching step and go right to the further creativity process. Now I amContinue reading “Painting continues”