The Faces of Yunnan

This spring I went on the trip of a lifetime. It was a girls trip to Yunnan and Chinese Tibet. Ten days and 5000, yes that was five thousand, photos later, I returned to Guangzhou refreshed and inspired by the beautiful people of Yunnan province. I will write more about this amazing adventure over the next few weeks, but here are just a few of the faces I encountered along the way. If you are an artist, you are welcome to use these photos as the basis for drawings and paintings.

A charming octogenarian at Shuhe village, outside of Lijiang.Dali vendor weighing out her spices on market day.


A future heartbreaker along the road to Shangri-La










Afternoon sun on a young Naxi girl in Baisha village.

Dali vendor weighing out her spices on market day.

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Miles: On the Go, Until he Sleeps

This past month has meant lots of travel for me…Shanghai, Beijing, and back to the USA. On returning home we saw our youngest graduate from Syracuse University  (Go Orange!) and the next day we welcomed Miles into our lives.

Miles is a a stubborn, curious bundle of fluff and teeth at this point. He is a bit sassy and a little too smart for his own good. He is just what we needed. I missed the clicking of toe nails on the floor. I missed the tail wags when I return home from shopping. I miss seeing a furry comet streaking around the yard in circles just happy to be out in the world. He is like an energizer bunny. He goes and goes and goes, until he stops and flops. Then he is out like a light for an hour or so until his battery recharges. Then it is off again.

On the other hand, I forgot how much time puppies take; how many trips outside; how many accidents happen along the way to housebreaking. But I don’t mind – most of the time.

So here he is…Miles “birth of cool” Davis.

Miles, the new addition

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