It’s been a while

I feel like half of my writing starts with “it’s been a while”.

My last writing here ended with a quote by John Burroughs:

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

~John Burroughs

And that’s exactly what I have been doing for the past 2 years or so. Going into nature to be soothed.

I certified as a California Naturalist and as a Climate Steward to make better sense of my surroundings and help protect what’s so dear to me. Trust me, that learning wasn’t always soothing after all. Luckily, there were highlights, such as California lawmakers passing a historic bill (Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act) to permanently protect the western Joshua tree, making it the first law in the state aimed at safeguarding a species threatened by climate change. (Source:

I’ve been dabbling in other creative arts recently, sketching, watercolor and acrylic paintings and can report that this is also soothing.

This fall, some of my photography will be shown in exhibitions in the high desert (Joshua Tree and 29 Palms). One of my photos was selected for the juried Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo 2023. YEAH!

And I am currently working on a high quality fine art print shop to be added to my website. It’s coming SOON!

So, yes, it’s been a while. And now I am emerging from my hiatus full of energy and hope. Energy to continue creating and hope that we will find more ways to protect our environment. Thank you for reading and look out to see my new artwork here and in “the wild” soon.

With gratitude, Tatjana

This is a California Barrel Cactus, which I found blooming middle of October 2023. FOTD


    1. Thanks so much! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing the photo that made the juried show and all the others that will be part of different exhibitions. Exciting fall season!