Home Sweet Home

I wandered South to visit loved ones
for the holidays

passed through lands
cloaked in frost and blue skies

got as far south as Southern California

where days were as warm
rather hot
as the gold in the setting sun's skies

found a tremendous amount of birds
and asked if they missed Montana

saw succulents bathing in the heat of day

saw trees that i love
that do not live in the northern realm where i live

trees that made me pause to breathe with

look close
what do you see!

a bear had climbed this tree!
(Ashland Oregon)

day after day of driving
(as it was a 24 hour drive each way)
i drove back into winter

to the land that i call home

wishing you a wonderful 2014
may the year overflow
with days
and nights
that feel wonderful 
to you!


  1. Glad you're back, happy for your trip, in love with your images.

  2. oh, that southern sky, and oh those gorgeous succulents ... looks like a wonderful vacation (and perhaps a great temptation to stay in all that color and warmth a little while longer?). Glad to hear, though, that you are safely home.

  3. Oh, you lucky gal. Seeing succulents and eucalyptus trees and now back to enjoying ice and snow. I've done that drive from CO, too - but now that we're older, we break it into 2 days. Love that sunset photo! Happy 2014, my friend.

  4. What a beautiful feel to this post , and gorgeous photos.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Wishing you continued wonders and joys on your journeys in 2014 .

  5. What a beautiful feel to this post , and gorgeous photos.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Wishing you continued wonders and joys on your journeys in 2014 .

  6. I love that you asked the birds if they missed home, I would have done the same. Happy New Year.

  7. Thanks for taking us along on your trip.
    Great pics.

  8. ...very cool post, Tammie. I loved the progression from cool to hot in color...then back to cool. Glad you had a wonderful trip. Wishing you all the best in 2014 as well. :-)

  9. you captured such BEAUTY! thank you!

  10. awesome!!!!!!!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
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  11. You must hang that picture of the succulent on your wall Tammie! That is breathtaking! WOW!
    Glad you enjoyed your trip south! Happy returns home and happy New Year!

  12. So lovely to see you back after your extremely long drive to warmer climates for a while! Those first two icy photos are wonderful and the golden cloud formation in number 4 is glorious!
    A tiny speck of a boat sails into the setting sun and those birds look pretty happy with their holidays in that tree.
    I must remember not to climb a tree if a bear is on my trail!
    May your new year be full of wonder!

  13. Wow, wonderful photos as usual. The colours of the succulents are stunning! Happy New Year, Tammie.

  14. I love the land you call home Tammie. Being with loved ones in a different climate is lovely but being home where the hills stand firm to greet you every day and the burbling rushing water tells you stories is best of all.
    There is nothing like being away for a while to appreciate what you have the more.

    Wishing you magical encounters with nature as a whole and wildlife in particular though out this Ne Year!

  15. Welcome home. what a lovely visual journey

  16. What a wonderful post! Beautiful

  17. nice trip, have also wonderful 2014!!

  18. Start the year as well, seeing wonders, is awesome!

    Happy new year !!


  19. A wonderful trip Tammie, I too wandered south but alas I never had a chance to enjoy nature's wonderland, you know I prefer real winters.

    Wishing you a happy and fulfilling 2014

  20. Thank you for sharing your beautiful travels with us. And may YOUR days and nights overflow with all that nurtures, sustains and offers wonder!

    And welcome home.


  21. Happy New Year, Tammie!

  22. and I love your homeland. Glad to see you back and wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year my dear friend.

    warm hugs from

  23. So much beauty in both the warmer and colder climates. Thank you for sharing your photos. Happy 2014.

  24. Such a great post!!amazing you catched the bear footsteps in the tree!
    I see you have winther too..We dont have that this year,,It simce that spring is on its way!
    I wish you a great2014!!♪♫•*¨*•❀♪♫•*¨*•❀♪♫•*¨*•❀

  25. Beautiful images Tammie… Happy New Year!

  26. You had quite a trip, with extremes from hot in SoCal to freezing at home. I enjoyed seeing the contrasts - but, like you, I'd choose your northern home!

    Beautiful photos - inspiring, as always.

  27. Thanks for your great photo from your trip.
    Wish you a great and Happy New Year!
    From Hilda

  28. What a trip! It will be good to be back home! Best wishes to you dear friend,

  29. The contrast between hot and cold is lovely! Beautiful shots. Wishing you a new year full of good things.

  30. Words and pictures in great harmony! Well done :-) Wish you a happy new year and lots of great experiences in the wild!

  31. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. Great time of year to soak up some warmth and sunshine. My fav image is the fourth (clouds). The color and movement grab my attention!

  32. Happy New Year to you Tammie! Loved seeing your trip through nature photos!

  33. such a beautiful journey you had. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your handsome little man x

  34. Just love that smooth and peeled bark of the madrone tree. Finding adventure is following spirit.

  35. Oh, Tammie, I thought I had wished you a Happy New Year! Please accept my best wishes for 2014! What a fantastic journey from winter to warmth and back again. Beauty everywhere you go. Lovely.

  36. Wow! A lot of beauty. Love the claw marks.


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