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January 22, 2010

Sydney Nycole

Recently I was lucky enough to be able to photograph this beautiful and talented singer. She's a Berkeley girl, writes all her own songs and is all the things these photos show ~ thoughtful, playful, confident. She sings her tunes lustily and angelically at the same time. I'm a fan.

January 12, 2010

France in color

Just a few dreamy scenes from our drive through southwest France......

Saint-Cirq Lapopie ~ a United Heritage site. Possibly the most perfect example of a "charming village somewhere in France" that I have ever set foot in.

I can't tell you where this is but I do know it's called Chapelle Saint Roch (see my excellent memory below). We were meandering through a small town when all of a sudden this precious chapel appeared in front of us. I shouted to STOP THE CAR and hopped out in the rain to snap this shot.

The grounds of one of our stops along the way - Chateau de La Treyne.

January 7, 2010

Île de Ré, France

View from the lighthouse to the sea.

It was late October and we were driving through the Lot Valley in southwestern France. It was beautiful, of course. Lush and fragrant with fall. We had no particular plans, other than to end up in Cognac to visit a barrel making acquaintance. I studied the map (ok ~ the GPS on my phone) to see what lay ahead in that general direction. But something tickled at the back of my mind, percolating until it finally bubbled up to the top and I remembered ~ Île de Ré!! Just off the coast of Bordeaux, a tiny island of oyster farms, vineyards, a lovely harbor and this twinkling lighthouse. We spent the day there and now I dream of going back to stay for several soothing days of bike-riding and beach-walking. And ~ see above ~ café afternoons.

January 2, 2010

A happy day at Playa del Rey

It's got to be a good day in December when you can watch your Uncle Svein play tag football on the beach.
In your bathing suit!
And after a bike ride and before a romp in the pool.
Sigh ......