My Happy Place

Just a quickie to tell you I was in Sonoma yesterday seeing Westerbeke Ranch again. 
I fall deeper in love every time I visit ...

 Top left: Outdoor bathroom; Top right: Outdoor deck; Bottom left: Semi-outdoor dining; Bottom right: Dinner bell

Top left: Outdoor bathroom; Top right: Outdoor deck; Bottom left: Semi-outdoor dining; Bottom right: Dinner bell

The gardens laden with flowers and succulents, butterflies flitting about. The giant oak trees protecting the entire place. The winding, magical pathways. The rustic architecture of days gone by. The feeling of old California family and history. And it is all so darned photogenic!

Westerbeke Ranch is the *perfect* venue for Firefly Institute. 

In my mind's eye, I can see us all laughing and sharing stories and printing pictures and dining and talking shop and reveling in the natural beauty of the Ranch. Hot tubbing and singing. Aha photo-learning moments. Ping pong and s'mores. Photographing. Ahhhh, I can't wait to see the photos that come out of all the campers!

Those of us who are lucky enough to get to stay there for photo camp, living there for five days and four nights ... We are very fortunate, indeed.

Whether you are coming to camp or not, my wish for you is this: That you have or find -- and get to spend time in -- a special place that makes your heart lighten, with beauty and nature and soul-filled goodness; that you find your happy place. 

When the uniqueness of a place sings to us like a melody, then we will know, at last, what it means to be at home. - Paul Gruchow