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To me, Antarctica is the most special place on earth, because of its indescribable beauty and remote location. I can't find words to describe sitting down on the beach at Desolation Island and watching penguins come and go, so busy in their daily activities. The peace and serenity are matched only by the cool, clean air. Oh, I'm ready to go back now!
The pond at Ooms Conservation Area is a great place to spend some quiet time walking, observing nature and sitting down with a sketch book or easel. The area has several walking trails that meander up and down the hilly meadow. At the top is a gazebo and benches for resting and taking in views of mountains and the pond below. In the summer, the meadow is full of milkweed making it a haven for monarch butterflies. The site is great for observing wildlife such as bluebirds, blue heron, eagles, beaver and turtles.
The first swim after a year of the pandemic was magical. I planted an herb garden, having discovered that deer don't like aromatic plants. Bring on the salads! Watching the first Hummingbirds arrive after their long migration is always a thrill.
Hiking the Nevado de Toluca is an amazing day spent ... I live an hour away from here and every time I get the chance to spend a day here I cherish it. Even that time I got caught in an electrical storm (jaja). Anyway, if you are into hiking and around DF check it out!
I wanted to explore travel illustration a little further so I participated in a Skillshare Class with Esther Nariyoshi in illustrating a boarding pass! Unable to travel and with the British weather being drizzly, I often dream about being back in Kwazulu Natal. 13 years ago I flew to Durban (where my mum was born) to visit her side of the family. We went to Durban, Zululand and Umhlanga Rocks, where we stayed at Game Reserves, Hotels and my great uncle's farm.
I love to bike ride through Crissy Field. It is definitely one of my happy places. I love the plentiful, free parking. I love rolling down the bright green grassy hills with my kids. I love visiting The Warming Hut Bookstore & Cafe, waving to the seabirds at Torpedo Wharf, and then hitting the San Francisco Bay Trail on a bicycle.
My Happy Place is the UC Davis Arboretum which is about 100 acres of horticultural paradise.
It brings me such peace and happiness to meander through it, taking in all the sounds, smells and glorious sights.
Each season presents new floral delights and even some migrating birds!
I treasure this natural space and continue to be grateful for all the gifts I receive from it!
A day spent hiking by a lake in Maine is where I am happiest. The sighting of wildlife and the Jordan Pond House popovers with blueberry tea on the lawn at the end of the day is the icing on my happy place cake.
My happy place is outdoors, and there are amazing places to hike all over the Lake Michigan/Indiana Dunes area where I live. Just blocks from my house I'm lucky to have a bike path that winds through a small wetland area alive with migratory birds, butterflies, other insects, and native plants. It's a calming, centering part of my day to walk this path and observe the changes throughout the year. On my daily walks I've added new species to my bird life list, run into friends, and improved my fitness level. All of which make me, well... HAPPY!
Being surrounded by nature is what makes me happy. I love biking around Sherbrooke exploring its woods, where I encounter lovely companions: from the small and colourful blue jay to a gigantic moose wandering nearby.
At the world’s only botanical garden dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants, I learn so much about Florida gardening and see all the happy plants that are well cared for here! All of the colors, greenery, scents, sounds, and lush atmosphere fill me with joy. For me, there’s no better place to be outside than in a garden, and this is my garden away from my garden.
The park of the monsters is located in Bomarzo and was built in 1552. The set of monuments is located on the slopes of a natural amphitheater, and is characterized by whimsical and grotesque shapes among the trees, flower beds and streams. Excessive sculptures carved out of rock, of terrible or absurd aspect, that represent mythical characters and fantastic beings.