The Golden Frame



You may know that I’ve lead a kind of adventurous lifestyle previously in my life, with a lot of travel. At the moment I’m on a long vacation. Staycation I mean. It’s lovely. I’m relaxing in my home, with my daughter. We read books, crochet together, spend time in the garden, and talk, and when she wants to play Minecraft I get to play with my camera and do some blogging. Just perfect! I can see many relaxing staycations in the future, even when the big bad wolf Corona is gone. It’s so peaceful. I love it. How are you spending your summer?



My daughter and I often spend our free time hiking, and/or camping in beautiful nature areas. I like it because it offers a completely new environment, and you can make it a big, or small adventure, whatever you feel like for the moment. It can be very easily accomplished, or a big deal. Another benefit is that you can do it anywhere in the world.  One of the things I enjoy the most with camping is to indulge in the sunset, and the sunrise with the company I’m with (usually my daughter.) It’s like a magical, golden frame to the day, and the adventure.



The sunset, and sunrise in this post is from one of our last camping adventures, in November last year. The location is near Mesquite (NV,) 1,5 hour from Las Vegas. November offered perfect temperatures for this location. If you could see into the background of the three first photos you would transport yourself into Valley of Fire State Park, another marvellous place to visit. We were regulars in that park while living in Las Vegas, one of the few things I miss with the area, next to having ice cream delivered from my favourite ice cream shops 😉 




To see more fabulous sunsets, and sunrises visit my friend Terri’s Sunday Stills. I hope you are having a most enjoyable week. Stay safe my friend.



PS. Are you intrigued by beauty of the desert? I collected my favourite places in the Mojave Desert in my illustrated guidebook The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert from last year. My book gives specific, customized ideas of many amazing day-trips, several for each destination. This book, with its personal descriptions, and authentic photos of Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave National Preserve, Spring Mountain Recreation Area, Death Valley National Park, and Red Rock Canyon will inspire you, and make it easy for you to choose your adventure. It will answer questions like: If I only have a few hours, where do I go? How do I stay safe while I experience the desert? Can I bring my children? Is it dog friendly? Are there restrooms available? What time of the day should I visit? If I want to see wild horses, where can I go? Is there food and water available, or do I need to bring my own? Each place has lots of room for your own explorations. This colorful guidebook will get you there, well prepared, knowing what to expect, but your imagination is the only limit to the experience you will have!

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

15 thoughts on “The Golden Frame

    1. Winter is the only time I would do it, since I do not like the heat either. Circumstance forced me to live in the desert for a year, and I made the most of it, spending time outside when it was possible.


  1. Great photos, Maria! Looks like home to me. I never traveled to Mesquite! Be safe and well my distant friend. 😎🌴🌵 (forecast is for sunshine, 108F today)

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  2. Since we met via blogging, I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures and viewing your spectacular photos, Maria. I consider you a good friend and your life in Sweden looks wonderful. I’m glad you and your daughter found peace and contentment.

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  3. I Love sunrise and sunsets, such beautiful photos and it’s so wonderful to have these photos to be able to remember your outdoor experiences! What a great share! ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Nice photos that must hold great memories for you both. The beauty of the desert is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t seen it. Stark beauty amidst flawless skies comes close to it. 🙂
    Glad you are enjoying your staycation. Lots of free time is good for the soul! ❤


  5. great captures! i’ve never been to Mesquite before but it sure does look like a lot of fun! thanks for sharing💞

    Follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested! It would mean a lot to me!🥺🤍

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