Today I want to tell you all about how I spent my 50th birthday, celebrating at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Russian River Valley, about a 30-minute drive from our home. My original birthday plans included a 17-day trip to France with my husband. But the fires began three days before our flight to Paris was to leave. Needless to say, we canceled our trip. By the time my actual birthday arrived, the fires were…

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I have always liked flowers. Who doesn’t? They are so colorful, intricate and often as fragrant as they are intriguing. This spring has found me graduating from liking flowers to loving them. I owe that newly blossomed love to my mirrorless camera. Flowers have become one of my main subjects, especially for macro photography, since I purchased my camera earlier this year. I have developed such a love for flowers! From fields of wildflowers to manicured English gardens,…

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