Proud Elk



In June of 2019 visiting the Point Reyes coast I came upon a herd of Elk. They were off the road undisturbed by my presence; I was struck by how proud and noble they were, feeling honored to be near them.


Elk are the majestic nobleman of the forest; in Native American wisdom when you see the Elk it is time for sacred journey, the inner journey where you leave the old ways behind and find your greater purpose in your life.


Maybe It’s Time by Jason Isbell for Bradley Cooper


Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change your plans
And a train to change your mind

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die


Photograph by Diana Dunlap 2019



Have you ever seen a Foam Beach?

On Martin Luther King day we had a break from the rain, so I decided to venture out to the coast. These photographs are of the surprize that awaited me, a beach covered with foam! It reminded me if the diamond Ice beach in Iceland, but instead if icebergs floating they were giant pieces of foam. This is McClures beach along the coast of northern Marin County. Crystal clear skies after all of the rain, Magical.


All photographas by Diana Dunlap 2019

Feeling Down? Look Up!

Feeling Down? Look up!


We live in an exciting, outrageous and very noisy time. Pessimism sometimes takes over, but in the end optimism gives us hope. #May hope be with you.

Try this when you need a boost, look up! The sky is filled with wonder everyday.

So start looking up, note what you see and how it makes you feel.

Feel free to comment on that, let me know how it changes you.


“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to be either on water or in thin air, but to walk on the earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, curious eyes of a child-our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2018



Photographed at sunrise from Baker Beach, San Francisco, July 2017.


Chin up, chin up
Everybody loves a happy face
Wear it, share it
It’ll brighten up the darkest place
Twinkle, sparkle
Let a little sunshine in
You’ll be on the right side
Looking at the bright side
Up with your chinny chin chin

–E.B. White from Charlotte’s Web

In the Spirit of Rain and Floods

In the Spirit of Rain and Floods


All along the California coast, where I live, we have been experiencing record rains and flooding. In weather terms this is referred to as an atmospheric river. This comes with trees falling, streams turning to torrential rivers, waterfalls appearing out of nowhere and loss of power in our homes.


There is always an underlying spiritual message to what we are experiencing in the outer physical world that is important to note, if just for our sanities sake if nothing else. The following quotes seem fitting to this time we are in.


The photo collage this week started with a photo of a magical waterfall on a small break from the rain at the Lagunitas near Samuel P Taylor Park. This waterfall is normally not there. A glimpse into another realm.


Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. 
I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs through it



There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.

Leo F. Buscaglia




And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. –Ronald Dahl

These photos were taken on January 7 and 9 at the Nicasio Reservoir, Marin County, California. The drain and the filling of the reservoir were this morning at dawn during the rain that continues to bless us.

You can see the reservoir is filling up quickly. The last photo was at sunset casting a beautiful sepia light on the water and hills.

Walking on Ice

Imagine walking across a reservoir that has turned to ice due to a drop in temperature to 29 degrees fahrenheit? These photos were taken on New Years Day 2016, at dawn, on the Nicasio Reservoir, Marin County, California. This is a recreational area in the Nicasio Valley, for fishing and hiking.

There was steam rising off the ice covering the ground of frozen mud, and steam coming off the body of water. The reservoir has receded due to the drought, allowing one to cross it on foot. There is a bridge that is usually covered by water, but is now visible making an interesting image. It was the ice that made this a spectacular walk.

We have now moved into another week of rain, I think I will do another visit here and post later to compare. Happy New year, may the blessing of rain continue.


We Got Rain!

Here in the little town of Lagunitas, Marin County, California we have lots of rain. It’s been raining daily for over a week with short sun breaks in between. The hills have waterfalls flowing into the Lagunitas Creek where the salmon are playing and laying their eggs. The puddles on the paths produce beautiful reflections like gems. We’re all out with smiles on our faces celebrating the blessing of rain. Of course, this has only put a small dent in the drought, but it’s welcome and we have more coming.

The gift of Rain on our parched souls and our dry land. Happy Holy Days.