Cherry Log, GA

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire.

If you want to be wet you must get into the water.

If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, even into, the thing that has them.

- C.S. Lewis -

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I surprised myself that I came all the way to Georgia, made chicken pho, and was able to take a few pictures for a cookbook I’m doing for my mom. I make this all the time, but for some reason, it’s been the hardest dish for me to capture with my camera; I’m not sure why. This one was very basic because I’m not at home so I don’t have the usual fish sauce, hoisin sauce, or Siracha…but maybe that’s the magic because it was so delicious. My mom was the master at making scrumptious meals with just a few ingredients. I miss her so much. Can’t wait for the cookbook in her honor to be a reality.

MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Fritz Creek, Alaska

It was not the easiest place to get to…but totally worth it. First time staying in a YURT and it was beyond my expectations. An ARTIST created this place, believe me. :) Didn’t see a single soul the whole time but woke up early one morning and saw a mama moose and her twins. Only time I extended my vacation for an AirBnB. P.S. This place had the coolest outhouse too (last two pictures) – can’t believe I said that. :)))

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“The BEST education you will ever get is traveling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world…”

MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY