Surfers at Rodeo Beach

To lay quietly and allow myself to feel the space of my own universe, to feel the movement of unpredictable waters under my feet, to just live in a moment of surfing a wave I can't control or know where it goes - this is what I wish for Christmas this year. And, no, let me be clear, I am not planning to become a surfer (however, I wish I could). I just wish I had enough energy and bravery to make another step into the unknown.

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Rain of Light in Santa Cruz Mountains

Robert and I love driving through the Santa Cruz Mountains (usually because we are on the way to have one of our favorite breakfasts at Alice's restaurant), smelling the fresh air of redwoods, enjoying the morning sun pouring through the trees and fog. Each time we do this drive I feel so refreshed and energized. Nature is so good for your mind and body in so many ways...

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Going Minimalist with the iPhone

In this first article of my new series (for now let's call it "Learning the Essence of Brave New World"), I want to talk about the most powerful tool out there that makes us all rats in a box and we even don't realize it. I want to introduce you to a monster named in tech-world as "behavior design". I also will share with you my own first steps to fight that monster and get out of the status of "The Rat".

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Año Nuevo: The Discovery of My Summer

Trust me, there is no place on the California coast quite like Ano Nuevo State Park and it have became our favorite spot to visit this past summer which means not so many people there, at least not yet. And now, writing about it, I feel a little guilty, but I do want to share this new find with you as it does deserve more attention and love. The morning was beautiful, slightly foggy, quite windy, but what a gorgeous spot. Since our first morning in Ano Nuevo, we've been there four or five times, and each time it was just a pleasure to be there under any weather conditions. 

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On Top of The World in Utah

The drive from Salt Lake City to Antimony is long (around 4 hours), but, oh my, what a scenic drive. Have you ever driven Big Sur in California or Great Ocean Road in Australia? Well, this is something similar... mountains, fields of gold or green, and instead of blue ocean - the endless, mesmerizing desert. It's like visual poetry, like love from first sight.  

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Kauai's Na Pali Coast by Air

This trip I wasn't interested in taking photos of pleasing landscapes or famous spots already photographed by others, no matter how beautiful. I was searching for a deeper connection with the island, the inner experience of being free and light among its green lush and blue waters. I am learning that to me, having such experience is the key to my artistic soul, and the main inspiration for my creation of visual stories though images and videos. 

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San Francisco's Iconic Fog at Golden Gate Bridge

I, finally, saw the fog I was waiting for so long to shoot. I couldn't believe my eyes! But there it was, that famous iconic fog rolling in from the Pacific and floating through Golden Gate Bridge into the bay, floating San Francisco and me up on the clouds. The fog was beautiful, magnificent, slightly touched with the golden kisses of sunrise. It was surreal. Stunning. Dreamy. Everything I wished for.

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Winter in Yosemite

I will never be really able to put words to my first experience in Yosemite. But I do know Yosemite, to me, will always be a sunrise over a cosmos, the thunder of water crashing on the massive stones of the Sierra, a morning fog dancing over landscapes full of snow, a moonlight walk to the starry falls. I'm honestly not sure if I ever want to know Yosemite differently, but at the same time I can't wait to go back for more of that feeling being so small and so free.

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Sunrise on Top of Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is ideal to see the 360 degree version of San Francisco. The view is so beautiful. Downtown, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Port, the whole Peninsula is wide open in front of your eyes. I have no idea why it took me 9 years to get there. I think Twin Peaks should be the number 1 destination to visit when you arrive in San Francisco for the first time, well, unless you are afraid to leave your heart in San Francisco or to be carried away by the freezing wind.

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Dramatic Lord Howe Island

Welcome to Lord Howe Island, the most dramatic and chill island I have ever visited in my life. I really want to show you this piece of paradise but at the same time I am jealous about even showing it to you. The good thing is no matter how many people learn about this island, it will never get crowded. Yep, never! Lord Howe Island is still a relatively well kept secret and they allow only 400 tourists at a time.

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Australia: Once in a Lifetime Road Trip

This trip to Australia was once in a lifetime journey. The longest drive in my life. And it will never be repeated. Never be repeated by us or by anyone else (as I don't think there are more of crazy people like us). Others may do roughly the same route, but they won't go off into the middle of nowhere as we did randomly exploring whatever road took our fancy. It feels so good and sad at the same time. We had it. We know it's there and how it looks. It's only ours. Forever.

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A Weekend in Lakeville, Connecticut

We had a long day driving from JFK airport to Lakeville, Connecticut. I was already so overwhelmed by the aquarelle nature, fall colors, and some interesting facts of my husband's life back when luxurious life was something more than just pure consumption. His family had two big, gorgeous English style houses, one in Lakeville and one in Winsted. The house in Lakeville was particularly beautiful with a lot of land and breathtaking view over the hills, fields, and a lake.

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Coit Tower's Views of San Francisco

Last Sunday I went to the foot of Coit Tower to shoot another magical morning in San Francisco. More days than not, this city takes my breath away and I am so thankful to find this beautiful place on Earth in this crazy and busy world, and make it my second home. Honestly, it's hard to imagine my life without its flat roofs, up-and-down roads, beautiful old Spanish churches, magnificent bridges, art and lovely fusion breakfasts (or lunches or dinners!) with my man in one of the local little cafes enjoying the taste of the world through its amazing food. I am so blessed to also add to this list my photography adventures at sunrise.

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Quiet and Serene Little Gasparilla Island

On our first morning I found myself on a front porch and I immediately knew this was the place I needed to be. The view was gorgeous and beyond what I had hopefully imagined. With a cup of tea in my hands, I was enjoying our first morning surrounded only by the natural sounds of a gentle breeze rustling in the palm-trees, of exotic birds, of the ocean's breath, of the splash of jumping silverfishes in a little pond which separated our cottage from a long desolate beach. I wanted to think art at that moment and, honestly, during the whole stay.

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Grand Canyon On A Cloudy Day

We had only one day at Grand Canyon, but it was enough to fell in love with the endless beauty of the world's edge. It was cloudy and rainy, but the true beauty of the canyon still shined. It felt good to be out there with my love of my life, holding hands, in silence, even though there were so many of other people around with cameras and loud voices. But I was blind and deaf to the real world. I was out there, seeing the beauty and listening to the wind.

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