A sneak preview of my new book!

It’s a jungle out there, tucked away in the foothills of the Andes. One of South America’s largest terrestrial birds has jumped onto the roof of a house! It’s a curious behavior as we truly don’t know why he does this. We can come up with many scenarios! Why do you think the chuña does this? Let’s look at animals as animals. We may not understand everything they do. Take pleasure in the wonder, mystery and fascination of nature in its pure form. This is just one of the many animals that live in the yungas of Argentina! Check out Tales From The Yungas so see more…


The sound of summer, the sound of the cicada or the chicharra as they are called here in Argentina. They are among the loudest of all insects. So much so that one can almost not have a conversation once the sun goes down and they start their mating call. A cicada spends the first part of its life underground feeding off of tree roots. Depending on the type of cicada this can be anywhere between 2 and 17 years! They then emerge from the ground and begin a short lived mating period in comparison to their subterranean stage.

The arrangements I created are comprised of wings gathered from dead cicadas. The wings are like transparent tissue paper perfectly partitioned creating an almost stained glass effect! It’s no wonder these almost fantastical insects have shown up in literature since the works of Homer’s Illiad as well as in folklore and mythologies from around the world. In Chinese tradition they symbolize immortality and rebirth. Much respect for nature’s fine art.



One after the other I stumble upon these works of art varying completely in style and composition. When the river grows after a big rain it carries these rocks and shuffles them randomly along the river beds. So much more beautiful because they are together and they are different. This holds true for us as well…

This is a video showing the creation and installation of one of my window films. Brighten up the atmosphere of your habitat with colors, patterns and custom designs! Provide privacy, insulation and UV protection for your bathroom windows, door sidelights, transom windows or any other window! Compared to stained glass these window films allow for any design, are affordable and can be easily installed and changed.


Relative of the cinnamon tree and part of the lauraceae or laurel family, these are leaves from a, cinnamomum porphyrium. This is one of 250 known species in this family! I scooped this foliage out as they were floating down the ‘arroyo Griton’ just bordering our land.



I wander through the trails where plants grow from above and below. Trees entangled in assorted shades of green. Backlit by the sun’s rays, I stumble upon an epiphytic fern with its leaves standing bright and poised. I get a closer look and the intricate pattern reveals itself. Its name, Microgramma mortoniana. Its beauty, Byzantine.