Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Monday, May 5, 2014

today in the east village

my girl called 'mama, what's the one thing you told me i should do here in nyc??! 
'get photographed by the sartorialist?!'
(i was kidding, well half way)

'i JUST DID!!!' 
last week in the east village hannah was walking and window shopping down 9th street in manhattan,
after stopping for an iced coffee, she found scott schuman waiting on a bench outside 
sustainable nyc cafe for her. 

this morning he posted the photo he took (The Sartorialist)
hannah and i are sitting together giggling over it all
(the comments, please be kind)
since she is here now, she flew in yesterday for a week, we get to share together!!

thank you scott, i know i'm her mother, but i love the photo!

photo by Scott Schuman  The Sartorialist 


Sunday, November 24, 2013

the proposal



there was an ad, it read: photographer needed. i did not see it, but my daughter, the ad answerer, did. she signed us up and said 'a job for you mom!' this job actually needed two people, one to photograph and one to video (my daughters job). what we would be shooting:  a surprise proposal.

we met the couple at the agreed upon (gorgeous) place, on the pretense of taking a christmas card photo. my daughter was worried we would accidentally say congratulations! but that was quickly forgotten when we saw how flustered (nervous, excited...) the groom to be was.

we took photos and did our best to help him relax. inside though, i was a little nervous waiting for the agreed upon word, which would mean the moment was here.

finally, he said it, the secret, get your cameras ready, word. i watched him reach down and from his pocket out came a small black box. at the same moment he went to one knee.

oh sigh. oh my goodness. i took photos and i cried. it was all so romantic, the setting, the beautiful couple so in love, the surprise he had planned. it was an honor to be a part of, it's something i'll always remember.

once upon a time you met
and shared much love and laughter
may your engagement continue the fairy tale
happy ever after

congratulations sarah and david!



p.s. writing this post is helping to take my mind off worrying, at this moment chuck is running in a fifty mile ultra trail run, the santa barbara red rock 50 mile endurance run, and the sun set over three hours ago.
this is a post made year before last on the race, everything was the same today (except i didn't bring a camera) only his time might be a little faster, and the makers mark replaced jack daniels. i hope he finishes soon. it is sometimes a challenge being married to adventure.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

good times





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home again. on the island, the wind blew and the fog rolled in and out throughout the day and into the night. i made a postcard of this photo of us to send to the kids, although it was windy and damp and cold and chuck was working, it is still a very good time   :)
i saw baby foxes!  i saw a baby raven too! the one caw caw cawing. they are so much fun to watch, perhaps i should have been looking a little more closely though, one small wild thing took off with my sock. hee hee. at least my knitting was closely guarded, priorities! i saw wild figs growing and colorful bugs mating. i came home with two new hat commissions, do you know, does superwash merino really mean it can go in the wash? these hats will be for men that will never wash them by hand, and they would like wool...

... back at home, i photographed a soon to be married couple, in a meadow, overlooking the sea. i'm wishing them all the love their hearts can hold. xxxx lori

Sunday, April 14, 2013

into the wilderness

we went camping. the weather, the wildlife, the outdoors were brilliant!
 our adventure began at pinnacles national park, our first time here.

'Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcanic field.  Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.

Pinnacles National Monument was established in 1908 by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Pinnacles National Park was created from the former Pinnacles National Monument by legislation passed by Congress in late 2012 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 10, 2013.


most of california's rolling green hills are shades of brown from lack of much needed rain

a view of the high peaks, and our second (big) hike, but first...


a warmup, a three mile out and back hike on the wildflower trail












fairy houses are found here too!








the next day, up early for the high peaks nine mile loop hike, high peaks pinnacles are in the background


 a hint of what was to come!


we took the park rangers advice to take the more difficult route, getting most of the elevation out of the way first. the trail was steep and narrow, well maintained and beautiful!




 we've reached the top, it's SO cold and windy up here! pinnacles is the site for the california condors re-establishment program, so hoping to see one was high on the list. we saw nine that we were sure of! (they are tagged). here at the top we were treated to the sight of several gliding on gusty thermal winds, circling and soaring, so incredible! impressive, with a wing span of almost nine feet. the small speck on the top left is a condor on the rock, we watched as he flew off




three condors resting 


 this one was waving goodbye i think


 at the top of pinnacles high peak trail it became even more narrow and steep. in the 1930's handrails were
installed, along with small steps in the rock



in many places it was best to not look down




  can you see the climber on the rock face?


 here he is

 heading back down, the wind calmed and the weather warmed


can you see the blue jay?



 at the end of the trail we were rewarded with a bouquet of california poppies!




leaving monterey county, on to our next destination
carrizo plain national monument

a place of peace and quiet and never ending wonder


 the plains were dryer than we'd ever seen them. blm (bureau of land management) keeps a few small trees at the campsite watered, a blessing for the wildlife. this bullock's oriole found a good place to be


 there is always much to discover here, driving slowly helps, most of the roads are unpaved a good thing i think


 soon after crossing into the monument, time slows, mobile phones turn off, binoculars and camera gear come out. chuck and i play the guessing game, what do you think we'll see first? this time we weren't even ready, at the boundary, was a herd of pronghorn antelope!




carrizo plain has been referred to as californias serengeti,  a very similar experiance to being on safari



at selby camp. we are alone. almost...this tree has a tiny spigot with a wee cup under it, it waters the tree as well as...


wild visitors. this snake slithered into our campsite, and went to the cup under the tree


 for a drink


 we watched him gulp down the cool water, his cheeks puffing in and out as he swallowed, until he was satisfied


 and then we followed him as he slithered away,


 i think this is why he is called a gopher snake




he was a beauty!


back out on the plain, there is a lot of this


 the best way to see





  birds on the fence


 we had a tip from our friends at the visitors center, that there was a kit fox den in this area. we looked everywhere, where are you little fox?



a western kingbird



can you see this little one basking in the sun?



then one night, chuck had gone to the bathroom and told me he'd seen a large toad near one of the trees. i put on my headlamp and went for a look too. having no luck i came back to our camp and prepared to turn in for the night. luckily i had left my water bottle on the table near our tree, the one with the small water cup (remember the snake?) and something nearby caught my eye...

the western toad! oh my gosh, he is taking a bath in the water cup. i am sure i embarrassed him because he turned around, looked at me laughing, and climbed out, hopping slowly away


 the only wildflowers here this season



 a horned lark


 house finch


 the sacred painted rock, where my spirit guide, the white owl, lives


 a clever raven's nest in an ancient piece of farm equipment



 another visitor to the water dish, this little towhee



 a western bluebird! this one flew up to one end of a bench


and it's companion flew up to the other, two bluebirds!


this is not snow


 it is salt


 this is soda lake, now completely dry, until next winter, or the next big rainfall


 we'd never seen it quite this dry and so challenged each other to walk out on the lake


 i am glad i am not falling in


this grass hopper was not so lucky


C + L



a western meadowlark, i am getting pretty good at imitating them. chuck calls me jack (from the big year, best movie!)


 i found this, chuck photographed it. a huge black widow covered it's poor victim. in minutes she had the scarab beetle wrapped, swirling it around in it's web, and finally when it was no longer recognizable, she pulled it down into her lair.


 unidentified raptor with a headless giant kangaroo rat (we think)



 american avocet


 morning of our last day


 the bench in front of our tent is a perfect place to view the rising sun


 and to knit


sleeves are done, joined to body! now to stitch the fair isle yoke 


 leaving the plains we saw pronghorn not once



but two times more! 

thank you for coming along, it is always a pleasure.
xxx lori