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San Francisco's Ferry Building at Christmas
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Happy Christmas from San Francisco

As you read this just after Christmas, I hope you have been sprinkled with the magic and wonder of the season, surrounded by those you love and the joy of giving and receiving. People all across the globe, have celebrated this …

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Christmas shopping at Prescence gift shop in Danville
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Christmas Shopping in Danville

There is something special about this time of year, a mystical wonder in the air, the anticipation of the season. Daylight fades much earlier, evenings are longer, there is a distinct chill at night and early mornings are fresh and …

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Vineyards by the pond at Cornerstone, Sonoma Valley, California
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Autumn, amongst the vines of Sonoma Valley

Sonoma County, California on a late October afternoon. Rows upon rows of golden, burnt umber vines stretching along the valley and over the hillsides. Overhead, a deep, sapphire sky, kissed every so often with small puffs of cotton wool clouds. …

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Muir Woods ~The best things in life are all around us

Meandering amongst the trees, staring up in wonder at the daylight peeking through the branches, rays of sunshine streaming down the towering trunks of the redwood trees in the Muir Woods 10 minutes drive north of San Francisco, one can …

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Palm Trees at The Ritz Carlton, Dana Point, California, USA
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California dreamin’

The 350 miles, which separates San Francisco and the Bay Area from Los Angeles and the beaches of southern California, stretches like a flattened snake skin, slithering its way silently down the valley. The accompanying ribbon of traffic twists and …

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Napa Vineyards & spring California Poppies, Napa Valley, California. USA
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Spring flowers and blossoms among the Napa Valley vines

Every year at this time the air smells just that bit fresher, newly unfurled leaves seem greener than you recall, the daffodils are just that bit more dazzling, their trumpets bobbing up and down in the breeze as if announcing …

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Lake Tahoe, making tracks in the snow and memories in our hearts

Lake Tahoe, California, in mid January, should be wearing her winter ermine coat and at this time of year, quite often, a heavy scarf of grey. The surrounding mountains should be mantled in thick, deep, powder, the dark green pines weighed …

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Inlet at Point Lobos, Carmel, California, USA
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Point Lobos: “the greatest meeting of land & water in the world”

Walking by the ocean wherever you are in the world always has a special allure, no more so than at Point Lobos a few minutes south of Carmel, 24 miles north of Big Sur, California. Small wonder that the famed Tasmanian …

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The Piper as sun sets at Spanish Bay , The In at Spanish Bay, California, USA
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‘All is still, all is quiet’… just the haunting song of bagpipes, 17 mile Drive, Carmel

Towards the end of the year when day light is fading, the air is peppered with a mystical magic. A feint, almost cobweb like haze seems to dim even the sun’s strongest rays. The days are shorter, the nights are …

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