One of my favorite bands from the 90’s, is called Lush, my favorite soap, “Karma” comes from Lush Canada, I named one of the necklaces in my line Lush, and one of my favorite places in the world can only be described as LUSH. It is my friend’s ranch in Santa Barbara where I photographed this flower.
We spent the weekend celebrating and saying goodbye to the ranch (said friends are moving to Hawaii) It is a sacred place that I have enjoyed for many years and where Matt and I got married last May.
We will miss their tree swing that looks like a magic carpet (it has a persian rug on it) the hibiscus, red ginger, succulents and dragon trees in the yard. We will miss sleeping out on the “lanai” under the stars and hearing the raccoons come in for a snack of cat food. We will miss the hikes up to Indian Rock with musical instruments in hand under the full moon. We will miss the tropical bird sounds coming from the trees (there are tiny speakers everywhere!) and the outrageous costume parties that ensued after nearly every dinner.
We will miss all of these things, but the spirit of the ranch is still in the hearts of my friends Chris and Jacques. I have a feeling when we visit them in Maui, it will feel like the ranch simply floated across the ocean.