Field Notes

Salut! Welcome to my Field Notes, with stories from San Francisco, Paris, and elsewhere. This is a collection of adventures: the people I photograph; the kitchen escapes; tidbits from my life; special projects; and a California/Paris guide. Whew! I hope you'll come along; it's going to be a lovely time!

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Welp, I’m late. A lot of things slid this year and I’m learning to give myself grace to not be on time. However, having been featured in a couple sweet friends’ Small Business Saturday roundups, I wanted to return the favor. There are so many beautiful, amazing makers and small businesses out there and these […]

mw art enterprises california postcard collection

Shoppe Birmingham might be my favorite place in the whole city. Yes, me, a fresh Southern transplant of barely two months, already proclaiming her favorite place. But I can’t help it. It is a flower lover’s dream—and it takes me to Paris in a good way. Amy and I went early—early as in 8:30am. An […]

Shoppe Birmingham greenhouse at sunrise

Having spent four years in New England (and plenty more in San Francisco), I have come to adore apple picking as the canary that announces fall’s official arrival. So, as soon as the first day of fall came and went (without pomp, but with a lot of heat), I began my search for apple orchards […]

scott's orchard alabama apple picking

I rolled into the Leaf and Petal parking lot—and by rolled, I mean I frantically turned the wheel and pressed in the clutch and prayed I wouldn’t hit the cars next to me—turned off Fitz (my car), and got out, only to be met with the wet humidity I now find characteristic to Alabama. It […]

The air was cold as I stepped outside my apartment, cardigan on, foolishly wearing my new ballet flats I was breaking in. It was time to take them on a trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Alabama—not to be confused with Birmingham, UK, which often comes up. I always take the same approach to shoes, […]

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Alabama

Friends, I have been deeply troubled since the news about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan broke. While the subject of how/why everything went as it did (as well as American responsibility) is a something that should absolutely be discussed, right now, I want to share some organizations we can support to help the thousands who […]

Something I’ve been wanting to lean into more is my photojournalistic side. In college, I majored in journalism but found the documentary side not exactly to my taste. Then, as I continued to lean into photography and art, got stuck in the fine-art perfection mentality. That was also not to my taste, I’ve discovered. For […]

Covid-19 France Quarantine: Part 3 in the countryside. C’s birthday passed. The weather got warmer. Flowers were abundant, but the days were long. Already, twice, with hope, we had watched the state newscast as the president updated the situation. And there was nothing to look forward to. Despite the change in the weather and the […]

Covid-19 France Quarantine: Part 2 in the countryside. Quarantine became more bearable as the weather warms. The weathered stone of the cottage, though charming, was poor insulation. Although, at least it kept out the rain. There were many a tempest as I had never experienced before. Thunder, lighting, the most ominous skies. The Storm One […]

Two children push their bikes up a deserted country road in northern France.

Photographs from the COVID-19 France quarantine. When the first COVID-19 quarantine lifted last year, I hurriedly threw together a blog post so that I would remember it all. It all happened so quickly as we hastily packed up for the French countryside in the early spring. We were barely out of winter as we bumped […]

A barely-blossoming pear tree catches the golden rays of sunlight in a vast field next to a stone country cottage in Normandy, France.

Paris & California strolls; plenty of flowers; stories; and looking for the beauty in the everyday. I hope you'll come along as I take the year to document the entirety of my home state!

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