Weekend Coffee Share – Embracing Las Vegas

I think you would like your coffee hot today. It’s cold. Of course not cold like the blizzard some places experiences right now, but pretty cold. At least it was this morning when I was walking my daughter to school, it was 30 degrees and windy. How would you like your coffee?

So, I kind of made a decision, after taking some photos around the city last weekend. When people ask me what I like the most about Vegas, now after living here for 6 months, I usually think I like getting the hell out of here in my head, and then I answer something polite about how much I love the wonderful nature we’re surrounded by. I still don’t appreciate city life so much, but I’ve made a decision to try to embrace at least part of it a little more. I see some advantages, cool photography opportunities being one of them.

New photography bag. I think I like it. The only thing I’m not thrilled about is that I can’t have my 300mm lens attached to the camera, and close the bag. There is room to have it as an extra lens, on the side, and have a 50mm lens attached to the camera body. On the other hand, I’ll probably need the 50mm more often in the city, compared to a telephoto zoom lens (even though my telephoto zoom lens is my favorite lens, that I use the most.) I moved the inside compartments around a little, to make it suit my needs.

So this week I got myself a new photography bag, for taking photos in the city. And a new very unpractical, WHITE Calvin Klein jacket (no photos of the jacket yet.) I am a very practical person, and it’s so out of the norm for me. I’m thinking, if I feel a little more like I fit in, maybe it’s going to get easier to embrace city life. Not that I’m giving up on my dreams, I’m working harder than ever, and my dreams have not changed one little bit since I was 5 years old. Realistically I need more cash before I can turn my property into a homestead, a sustainable homestead that is. My daughter is in a really good school. I should embrace life here for a while. Vegas have a lot of opportunities. My country soul isn’t super happy about that, but I’ve decided that I need to try harder, and I will.

I’m going to work on improving sides of my photography that I haven’t had the opportunity to fully learn about while living in the countryside; like cityscapes, and event photography. Maybe even some fashion/model photos. I hated my short carrier as a model, but I love photographing beautiful people, in cool settings. There’s lots of very beautiful people here, and an infinite amount of very intriguing places. Embrace is going to be my motto.

That’s the awesome thing with photography, you can bring it with you anywhere, and there’s always new things to learn. I actually have a couple photo shoots booked for the near future, without even trying. Which is encouraging. On top of that my favorite country artist Corb Lund used one of the photos I took when he was in Vegas on his official Instagram account today, with credit to me. Which made me very happy of course. I don’t think that was my best photo of him, but still very cool.

What’s new in your universe this week? What’s the weather like? I’m planning on staying warm this weekend, and when the weather allows I’m going to put together the two greenhouses I’ve ordered for the backyard. Have an awesome weekend!  Thanks for having coffee with me!


Ms Zen

A Rainy Day In Las Vegas


It haven’t rained many days since I moved to Vegas in August last year, but we have been blessed with a few rainy days this past month. I love rain, and I love being out with my camera in the rain. Here’s some of my favorite rain photos from around the city.


“Live in moments that consume your heart and mind, but be distracted by the music from the leaves, birds, wind, rain, sun and people”
Val Uchendu


I’m getting more comfortable driving in the city now, even though I prefer to not drive on rainy days (in the city.) People here are definitely not used to driving in the rain. Which is kind of totally understandable, since we live in the middle of the desert. LOL.


“What are you staring at?”
“Rain drops on window glass is a sort of love-bite, is it not?”
Jasleen Kaur Gumber

I’m still counting my latest Canon as my new camera, I’ve had it for 6 months now, but I’m still enjoying learning new things about it. I actually like it more and more every day. Photography never gets old, it still excites me every time I’m out. I’m hoping for more rainy days! Speaking of rain, the upcoming wildflower explosion in the desert is predicted to be something extra spectacular this year. I can’t wait to experience that! Where’s your favorite place to enjoy this seasons weather, and vistas? I hope your new week, and new month, is getting off to an incredible start!



Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Coffee By The River

The American River Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

The American River

Last week we had our virtual coffee date on the top of a mountain, this week I felt like having coffee by the river. Are you up for a coffee by the river? The photo above is from the north Fork of The American River, in northern California. Even though I’m not there physically right now (I’m in Las Vegas,) I’m fairly sure you don’t have to worry about it being too cold. Would you like some coffee? Or maybe tea?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, we had a ranch only minutes away from where I took this photo. I’d say that there’s a special kind of people that thrive in mountain areas. Just like there’s a certain type of people that are drawn to the ocean, and a completely different type of people that are drawn to the desert, not to mention the people that want nothing but being surrounded by peaceful, tall forest. Do you think the landscape kind of shapes people into who they are? At least partly? I think it does, if you stay long enough in a place.

When we lived close to the river in the photo, our 80 acres was right by Eldorado National Forest, and it was possible to ride your horse all the way up to Lake Tahoe. I saw black bears most every day. There was mountain lions in the forest. The abundance of edible plants, berries, fruits, and mushrooms in the Sierra Nevada’s was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was extremely appealing at the time, and I did a lot of exploring with my favorite horse Trigger. Actually all the way up until I was 7 months pregnant. The photo is of Trigger, and a very pregnant me, in Eldorado National Forest.


I’m not exactly sure what kind of horse Trigger was ( I found him emaciated tied up behind a trailer, with his tongue almost completely cut off in the middle.) My best guess is that he was a Quarter/Mustang Cross. Or maybe just mustang? Anyways, he was pure awesomeness. Trigger was sure footed, and had an exceptionally smooth gait.

Most people that I met in Gold Country, was laid back, and hard working at the same time. They had some kind of day job, but their life was at home. Home was usually by the end of a backroad, maybe several back roads. Their was no trespassing sign on every fence, and don’t thread on me flags everywhere. It might sound hostile, but it didn’t feel like that. It was more like people had integrity, they wanted respect, and they respected your space as well. I kind of liked it. It had similarities with the little mountain town I grew up next to, in northern Sweden. If you had to run into Sacramento, the nearest big city (usually a once a month thing,) and got delayed, you could call the local feed store and ask them to drop off a bale of hay in your horse pasture, and you knew that they would. Shaped by the beautiful, and somewhat harsh landscape, and a shared sense of survival?

How is your coffee? Do you need a refill? How is your week so far? What’s the weather like? The extreme cold chills that part of the country is experiencing are scary. I hope that you’re staying warm. Speaking of weather, I’m sure spring feels very far away for some of my friends, but I’ve started to go through my collection of heirloom seeds this week. In 2-3 weeks time we could realistically have perfect temperatures for starting some seeds here in southern Nevada. I will most likely do a smaller garden this year. I’ve ordered two very small green houses earlier this week, basically like two bookshelves, to start seedlings in. When they are bigger, I’m going to plant them in pots, that I’ll spread out along the fence line of the backyard. It’s kind of sad to not have a big garden and my own space, but I’m happy to be able to do some gardening. Even if it’s on a much smaller scale. I see it as a temporary setback, benefitting the bigger picture. I’m going to make the most out of it. Do you have any plans for a garden this year?

What’s going on in your universe? Any fun plans for the weekend? Thanks for enjoying some coffee by the river with me. Feel free to grab a refill 🙂


Ms Zen