Trees of Transition

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Morning Light with Hot Air Balloons

The transition between land and sky is gentle and a bit bouncy (and quieter than expected) when in a hot air balloon! Over a year ago we took a hot air ballon ride above Napa Valley, and here are a few images: Continue reading

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California Love

I feel loved when people feed me; the love that arrived yesterday was in the form of California citrus!

My mother in law sent us a box of lemons and tangerines that she picked from her backyard in California, and it was waiting on our snowy doorstep yesterday when I arrived home. The tangerines have a tang and sweetness that only tree-ripened fruit has, and the peel almost falls off. I’m about to start zesting lemons for a lemon cake, but first I had to share these photos with you.

Happy Friday!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2018

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~Mary Hope


I’ve Wanted to Ride a Hot Air Balloon Since I was Five, and Today my Husband Fulfilled My Dream!


Silence greeted us as the earth sunk below us. The east greeted us with the sun racing to the top of the heavens, and I smiled as we see other hot air balloons beside and below us.

img_1086We followed this yellow balloon in floating over this pond, and we got to take a photo of our reflection:

The roar of the burner becomes comforting as we saw how the pilot managed the balloon.

Floating down Napa Valley had been a wish of mine for the last two years, but riding in a hot air balloon had been a dream of mine since I was a wee lass when I would see the balloon flying past at our farm in Illinois when I was five.

Last Christmas Stephen and I tried to go on a ride, but the wind had been wrong, so we tried again, and today was PERFECT! We got to go up to 3,000 feet and up there we could see San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean to the West, and the mountains by Lake Tahoe to the East.My in-laws came out to the park where we landed because it was close to their house!img_6427

Our pilot photo bombed our last photo, and I’m glad we have him preserved in the memories from this wonderful day! Seeing San Francisco from above reminds me how small my troubles really are–if a grand city is really that tiny–what is managing grouchy junior highers at work? A refreshing peace came into my soul. Floating above the earth helped me choose to remember to stay peaceful through whatever 2017 holds.


~Mary Hope

Copyright 2016


Muir Woods and Beach–Place of Enchanting Light


We had been deep along the trail side of the mountain–off to the side of the main trial with the traditional groups of redwoods; then we entered back onto the main trail and saw the afternoon sun slanting down through the branches. Muir Woods becomes magical when the sunlight pierces deep into the glade! The photos above are my favorite, but here are a few more: Continue reading