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With the first day of spring fast approaching, you are probably ready to shed those winter layers, crawl out from under the covers, and get outside! I know I am. I have been going through lots of old photos as I get ready for the season and it has me excited for fresh air and flowers. Between my urban farm, full time job, family, and Griffing Designs, my life is incredibly busy in the most wonderful way. I have to plan ahead to prevent things from falling through the cracks. As I plan out my spring, I make sure to...

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North of San Francisco, just a few miles off of the Point Reyes Seashore, there is a historic communications center that was built in the early twentieth century. It was used to communicate with boats coming to and from San Francisco during the dawn of the radio era. Today, it still operates occasionally as a historic service. The road leading to the communications center is lined with enchanting Monterey Cypress Trees. Over the past 100 years these trees have grown into a tunnel, encompassing the driveway and providing a beautiful path for passersby to stop and enjoy. When I stepped...

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Moscow, Idaho is one of my favorite towns in the Fall. It is alive with the electric energy of new beginnings. The students are settling back into life at the University and the downtown is at its best with the trees sporting their fall colors. Moscow, Idaho was incorporated in 1872 and Main Street is much the same today, as it was then. Tall brick buildings line the sidewalks and gorgeous maple trees separate the walkways from the road. Coffee shops and restaurants intermingle with bars, art galleries, gyms, pharmacies, grocery stores, and boutiques, making downtown a one stop spot...

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Sunsets and fall have a lot in common. Just like the light at the end of the day, summer disappears in a blaze of color and beauty as fall arrives. Sunsets mark a transition, the end of a day with new possibilities coming tomorrow. Summer to Autumn is another transition which promises change and opportunity for many. Sweaters come out of the closet, kids to back to school, and fields of crops are harvested and sold.   Fall sunsets are particularly special because they symbolize a double transition. In the fall, when life is usually busy and crazy and full...

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Kodiak Alaska does not have a typical fall. The island has mostly evergreen trees, leaving it lacking the iconic images of brightly colored leaves. Summer in Kodiak turns into winter almost overnight. If you blink, you will miss fall entirely. However, if you watch closely you can catch a uniquely beautiful variation of the season.   We know that fall has arrived on Kodiak Island when the last blossoms at the top of the fireweed flowers bloom. Shortly after this, the nights start to get cold. The lush green foliage covering the mountains turns golden brown as it dies in the...

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