the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

The Trees of California


Even the trees of California
Are beginning to change color
Knowing you will be home

Happy Anniversary, Sophia!


(thanks, Jerry, for the tree photo!)


  1. V-Grrrl

    Happy Friday the 13th…

    and Happy Anniversary to You Both!

    How many years has it been? And I want to be the first to ask for a wedding picture.

  2. Sarah

    Happy Anniversary!
    When does she get home already?!

    Also! I wanted to tell you that I will have some special Autumnal shots for you next week–I’m going apple picking tomorrow and to a fair with a corn maze and hay ride and all sorts of autumnal activities. 😀

  3. Hilly

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

    I love how our trees pale in comparison to the ones you posted before…le sigh.

  4. Jody

    Happy Anniversary! Amezing how different the palm trees in California look from the ones in Florida. I am sure it has to do with the type or maybe the fact the ones in Florida never get a chance to reach maturity due to all the tornados and hurricanes.

  5. Roberta

    I am crying a bit after reading that.

  6. Rhea


  7. Alissa

    Oh my – you two are so cute.

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!

  8. sandra

    Happy Anniversary, Neil & Sophia!!

  9. deezee

    aw. that’s sweet…

  10. Alison

    What Deezee said. 🙂

  11. ekramer

    happy anniversary and many more

  12. Charming, but single

    You are the sweetest man in the whole damn world.

    I’m going to go be bitter in my little corner now …

  13. Bre

    Happy Anniversary! How very sweet 🙂

    Also – those palm trees look a little frightening! What’s happening there?!

  14. e.

    Happy Anniversary to you both! What a sweet post, although a rather pathetic autumnal tree 😉

  15. Pearl

    Sofotchka & Neilochka,

    счастливая годовщина — hope this actually means Happy Anniversary. Along with these many renditions:

    Catalan: Feliç aniversari
    Chinese (transliterated): Zhou nian kuai le
    Croatian: Sretna godisnjica
    Danish: Tillykke med bryllupsdagen
    Dutch: Gelukkig jaarfeest
    French: Bon anniversaire
    German: Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Hochzeitstag
    Hebrew (transliterated): Ihulim le-yom ha-nesuim
    Hungarian: Boldog Házassági Evfordulót kivánok
    Italian: Buon anniversario
    Japanese (transliterated): Kekkonkinen bi omedeto
    Korean (transliterated): Ginyumilul chuka hamida
    Lithuanian: Laimes sukaktuviu proga
    Modern Greek (transliterated): Chronia polla
    Norwegian: Gratulerer med dagen
    Persian: Salgar detán mubarak
    Polish: Wszystkiego majilepszego
    Portuguese: Feliz aniversario
    Russian (transliterated): Pozdravlia(iu)(em) s iubileem
    Serbian (transliterated): Srecna godisnjica
    Spanish: Feliz aniversario
    Swedish: Har denäran på bröllopsdagen
    Tagalog: Maligayang pagdiriwang
    Turkish: Mutlu (or Hos) yildönümü
    Yiddish (transliterated): A gliklekhn yortog


    Happy Anniversary!

  17. CrankMama

    Come home soon, Sophia!

  18. laurie

    Happy anniversary, ya’ll. That is the most adorable pic of the two of you, I love it.

  19. Think Frustrated

    Since when did this site turn into “Neil Kramer’s Nature Pictures Website Galore, LLC?”

  20. Neil

    Wait until you see the photos of my new kittens!

  21. EEK

    Happy Anniversary!

  22. lux lisbon

    i LOVE that picture!

  23. Jody

    Kittens? You didn’t mention anything about kittens. Please take precious care of the leaves that are now on there way to you. Kittens/Cats love to munch on leaves. 🙁

  24. fringes

    happy anniversary


    is this where I say I like your favorite posts reorg? nice job.

  25. Amy K

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

  26. laurie

    Hey, you might be surprised how many people like a cute kitten picture. I’m just saying is all.

  27. M.A.

    mazel tov, you two!

  28. V-Grrrl

    Neilochka, you look like John Lennon in that photo. Peace!

  29. V-Grrrl

    P.S. I’m with Bre on the spooky palm trees. They look like mutant tiki torches.

  30. tamarika

    Happy Day to beautiful people!

  31. Scarlet


  32. Trix

    My goodness! You look like John Lennon in that photograph.

  33. mari

    Sweet! Good to know you are the sentimental type. I like those types. 🙂

  34. wendy

    So much like John Lennon…its eerie! Happy anniversary. Hope you are together soon. Now…come over to my blog..and wish me Happy Birthday..and tell me nice things….

  35. brooke

    Is that Bill Gates kissing Sophia?

  36. Alexandra

    Congrats on surviving the separation!! You two look very cozy and sweet together!

  37. echo

    Happy Anniversary to both of you. The photo is really sweet. I would also like to see a wedding photo.

  38. kristen

    I like the photo and happy anniversary to you both!

  39. Dagny

    Happy anniversary.

  40. stepping over the junk

    love the picture. my kids love palm trees and wonder why there arent any in new england

  41. better safe than sorry

    awwww and such a sweet photo too.
    happy anniversary (k)

  42. Fitena

    Sweet, sweet, sweet!
    Happy Anniverssary to you both du fond du coeur!


  43. mrsmogul

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I am late but better now..:)

  44. modigli

    Awww…that picture of you two is so… John and Yoko.

    I don’t know how you feel about those two lovebirds, but that is a COMPLIMENT coming from me!

  45. kapgar

    A big, albeit belated, happy anniversary to you and Sophia from two fellow anniversary celebraters!

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