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Sherri Chien

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Haiku for Life: Connect with Nature. Seek contentment. Happiness and peace will find you.

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Every year my Christmas cactii bloom in lovely shades of happy red, neon pink, and soft coral.  They are so easy to maintain; I still have one that was a housewarming gift from twenty years ago!  #joy #macro #macroshot #flowerchild #flowersofig #flowerstagram #sherrisgarden #rebelpops #rebels_united #ru_closeup #rebelholiday2017 #christmas #christmascactus #happyhanukkah
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. . ~Rabindranath Tagore  Last night's #sunset was #beautiful.  Proof that the dawn will always follow.  #mondaymotivation #sunsetcolors #fireinthesky #skylovers #rebel_sky #santacruzmountains #calistyle #california #californiadreaming #lookup #beautyisallaroundus #amazingview #nature #mothernature's #art #cloudart #naturelover #roomwithaview #whyiliveonahill #sunsets_and_sunrises_aroundtheworld #lightanddark #thegirlwhofollowsthesun #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturephotography #rebels_nature #rebels_united
About Last Night  Caught the 3/4 #moon coming up over Monterey Bay from Pleasure Point. Was a bit chilly, but a good way to end a difficult week. We transitioned from one of our parents falling, fractured hips and surgeries, hospitals and ambulances and nursing homes, and horrible evening commutes -- to a quiet, relaxing holiday party at a friend's house and a stop at the beach afterwards when I spied the #moonrise.  May we all have a peaceful weekend!  #weekendishere #beautiful #beachlife #lifesabeach #lookup #nature #natureshots #naturephotography #shootthemoon #hey_ihadtosnapthat #ipulledoverforthis #santacruz #surfersparadise #california #californiadreaming #sweetdreams #reflections #earth_reflect #sparkles #sparklingwater #moonlight #moonchild #seekingpeace #peace #ocean #oceanlover #rebels_united #beautyiswhereyoufindit
Pulling this one out of the archives for a friend. We met up at The Pioneer Saloon one evening in the summer with no expectations and ended up dancing the night away with the Groovy Judy band.  Judy, it was so much fun to meet you and Pete! Best wishes for a quick recovery from your surgery.  #summerfun #fridayfun #fridayfeels #flashback #fbf #flashbackfriday #music #dance #timetorelax #movetothegroove #weekendjam #weekendstartsnow #groovy #groovyjudy #ifjimmyhendrixhadasister #shewouldbejudy
If there's a land of castles outside of European countries, Japan is one of them.  With over 100 castles that have survived a history of war and destruction, it's estimated there were once five thousand!  Osaka Castle was built in 1583, demolished in 1868 and finally restored over time in 1997 as a replica of the original and a functioning museum.  The castle grounds cover nearly 15 acres, and provide plenty of space for lush greenery.  During the Spring, visitors and locals alike walk through the gardens to view 600 cherry trees and nearly 100 different types of Japanese apricot trees.  While you're there, you might miss the wide moats and stone walls that are more than 65 feet high because the beautiful castle itself grabs your attention immediately, but you'll definitely not feel like this treasure is within an urban city center.  I captured this image from the Nishinomaru Garden during Autumn just before the leaves started turning.  #lookup #wanderlust #wanderlustwednesday #travelnotebook #travelgram #ipulledoverforthis #travel #traveler #travelphotography #travelpic #exploretheworld #explore #rebels_united #neverstopexploring #traveljapan #amazingview #allwhowanderarenotlost #instagood #historic #architecture #likeadream #iexplore #beautifuldestinations #osaka #wheretimestandsstill
On this particular day the mountains and valleys of the Monterey Peninsula were unusually visible across the bay.  I'll post a close-up sometime so you can really see what I'm talking about, but today's theme is "wide angle." . #wanderlust #wideangle #travelnotebook #travelgram #ipulledoverforthis #travel #traveler #explore #neverstopexploring #travelcalifornia #visitsantacruz #amazingview #ocean #pacificcoast #oceanlover #oceanfirst #beautifulearth #allwhowanderarenotlost #instagood #santacruz #santacruzwaves #westside #surfersparadise #californiadreaming #monterey #montereybay #montereypeninsula #rebels_united #rebelpops #ru_wideangle
Just another #manicmonday.  It's a little late for my local wildlife friend to wish everyone a great Monday, but better late than never, right?  Happy Monday!  And let's not forget it's #worldwildlifeday.  This little guy and his tasty eucalyptus leaf want to be the steward of #wildlifeconservation around the globe.  Well, okay, at least on my feed.  And yours.  You know you could use a little bit of #squirrellove today.  #brighteyedandbushytailed #mondaymotivation #takeaction #conservation #protectwildlife #protectourplanet #animalsneedlovetoo #animalphotography #rebels_united #connectwithnature #nature #naturelover #wildlife #animals #mondaymonday #mayallbeingsbehappyandfree
Someday I'll have a telescope and a tripod.  In the meantime, hubby and I waited patiently for the only #supermoon of 2017 and I took my best shot.  The photo doesn't do it justice, but I'm glad we were able to watch the romantic #moonrise over the East Bay hills.  In Asian folklore the shadows on the moon look like a rabbit with a mortar and pestle "pounding mochi" (or ricecakes), or mixing the elixir of life for the Moon Goddess Chang'e, or making medicine for humans -- depending on which culture's story you read.  Whether you see the rabbit ears falling forward over to the right or not, it was truly a #beautiful sight to see.  #fullmoon #fullcoldmoon #moonrabbit #rabbitonthemoon #moonovereastbayhills #rebel_artandedits #rebels_united #sundayvibes #sundaze #moongoddess #moongeek #winteriscoming #lookup
Team-building exercise at work a couple weeks ago!  #ru_bnw_work #rebels_united #rebel_bnw #blackandwhite #blackandwhiteonly #rebelpops #archery #trysomethingnew #newbie #bullseye
Just another day in sunny California last weekend.  There were almost as many people on the beach as in the summer!  This weekend we're expecting the #supermoon of the year and #kingtides -- always something to do or see in beautiful Santa Cruz. 🌊💦 . #santacruzlyfe #lifesabeach #itsabeachlife #peaceful #lifeisgood #mermaidlife #ocean #oceanlover #santacruz #westside #surf #surfersparadise #sunshine #santacruzwaves #santacruznow #santacruzlife #saturdaze #happysaturday #weekendishere #gooitside #outdoors #vitaminsea #naturephotography #rebel_scapes #rebels_united
Happy Last Day of November!  Something to think about:  sunlight is created by the fusion of hydrogen atoms within the sun's core between 10- to 170-thousand years ago.  The light we see and the warmth we feel on our skin is from photons created two ice ages ago.  #thursdaythoughts #sunlight #sunshine #sunsetlovers #sunsetshots #skylovers #rebel_sky #santacruzmountains #sunset #calistyle #california #californiadreaming #wanderlust #lookup #beautyisallaroundus #amazingview #nature #mothernature's #art #naturelover #thegirlwhofollowsthesun #sunsets_and_sunrises_aroundtheworld  #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturephotography #rebels_nature #rebels_united #potd Day30 #flare #flareforyoface #rebelsunitednov2017potd
I love the bright yellow color of "Cup of Sun" #nasturtium, which provides a bit of sunshine even on rainy days.  Both flowers and leaves are actually edible, and provide Vitamin C and iron.  #flowers #flowersofig #flowerstagram #makesmesmile #beauty #sherrisgarden #nasturtiums #tropaeolum #explore_floral #nature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturephotography #rebels_nature #rebels_united #potd Day29 #waterdrops #rebelsunitednov2017potd #flowerchild #rebel_pureimages #beautyiswhereyoufindit #naturesgifts #wanderlustwednesday
My sister (on the left) with one of her dance groups, Subee Djinn.  For today's #potd theme: dancing.  #rebelsunitednov2017potd #rebels_united #bellydance #tribalbellydance #dancers #pnwtribe #glam #exotic #graceful #beauty
The life of this world is nothing but the harmony of opposites. . ~Rumi  Watching the storm roll in this past Sunday was like watching a battle between Autumn and Winter:  Winter wanted to take hold, but Autumn wasn't ready to leave.  #ru_contrasting #yinyang #lightanddark #nature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturephotography #hey_ihadtosnapthat #lessonsfromnature #mothernature #mothernature's #art #cloudart #tuesdaythoughts #bepresent #justbe #justbreathe #lookup #beautyiswhereyoufindit #optoutside #gooutdoors #rebel_pops #rebelpops #rebels_united #changingseasons #beautiful #skylovers #rebel_sky
Day 27 and just another #manicmonday.  Had calls all day and on every one of them people were saying they needed another "holiday" to recover from the holidays.  Well, this was one scene from our long holiday weekend:  a gorgeous #sunset in #santacruz.  I set the camera to auto-HDR at a +4 exposure.  What looks like two birds is one seagull flying in from the left.  Edited only in Instagram.  The weather was so warm (75°) I couldn't believe how nice it was, and right now I can't believe how cold it's gotten (45°) pretty much overnight after yesterday's storm.  I guess there's nothing quite like cold temps and too much work to keep you moving!  #mondaymonday #mondaymotivation #potd #rebelsunitednov2017potd #rebels_united #rebel_sky #skylovers #rebel_artandedits #needmoretime #needavacation #sunsetshots #sunsetphotography #santacruznow #santacruzwaves #westside #ocean #oceanlover #surfersparadise #mermaidsdream #mermaidlife #santacruzlyfe #itsabeachlife #sunrise_sunset_aroundworld #calistyle #beautiful #california #beautyisallaroundus
When the first #threeamigos carried on Sammie's spirit.  Before Tesla made it a foursome.  Before Red had to battle mast cell cancer and then there were three again.  No matter what, #playtime.happens every day.  #livelifetothefullest #lifestooshort #livewell #createmorememories #joiedevivre #createhappiness #caninewisdom #besomedoggy #phodography #happysunday #weekendvibes #lovemyfurbabies #sammiespack #saimi #red #mali #dogsofig #timeflies #itsadogslife #itsagoodlife #dogmom #rescuesrule #sunsetshots #goldenhour #rebels_pureimages #rebels_united #potd Day26 #rebelsunitednov2017potd
It's a holiday weekend and more holidays are coming.  Things are #lookingup, right Saimi?  Happy Saturdaze!  #besomedoggy #phodography #happysaturday #weekendvibes #lovemyfurbaby x3 #sammiespack #dogsofig #mysweetboy #frosty #timeflies #itsadogslife #dogmom #rescuesrule #rebels_united #potd Day25 #rebelsunitednov2017potd #100percenthandsomemutt

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