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for the glowing review! "Go ask Alice ... where all the best vineyard gardens are. She's an erudite charmer; you'll have fun!"


Wildflower Wonders

Mazama Ridge Mount Ranier: Photo Courtesy Bob Gibbons

Author, photographer, and distinguished naturalist Bob Gibbons takes readers along on just such awe-inspiring journeys, visiting sites of breathtaking beauty in his latest book published by Princeton University Press: The mountainous regions of Europe to coastal landscapes to African grasslands to the Northern Cape Province desert, Gibbons documents the magic of natural settings, taking in national parks to 4-wheel-drive-only accessible realms where wildflowers emerge in jaw-dropping pageantry.

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Morro Bay

Morro Rock -   Photo © Alice Joyce

The Morro Bay State Park is a relaxing spot to enjoy ocean vistas, people watching, and a bit of beachcombing, while the bay offers a commanding approach to Morro Rock and numerous photo ops of the iconic form. Check out Google maps for intriguing satellite views of the park and the rock. Quieter still and beautifully serene is the lagoon area’s saltwater marsh, a place where nature buffs will want to spend time identifying the many shorebirds. Just past the marina you’ll find the parkland’s Museum of Natural History.

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Marc Nucera .. Tree Sculptor

Galerie Deleuze-Rochetin: 'D'apres Nature'

Should you be traveling in France in the weeks ahead, you may wish to include a visit to Galerie Deleuze-Rochetin À Arpaillargues in your itinerary. D’après Nature is the current exhibition running from 30 July through 17 September, 2011 in this new contemporary art space near Uzes. The show features land artist and tree sculptor, Marc Nucera, along with Martine Lafon and Marcel Robelin.

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