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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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

Monterey is an old family haunt. When I was a kid, we used to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium several times a year to see the jellyfish and eat dry cinnamon rolls from Lily’s. I was terrified that the million-gallon tank would shatter and we would drown, but by the time we got around […]

Sapphire blue waters lap the rocks at Lovers Point in Monterey on a sunny day.

Sooooo…last October, I kind of accidentally got myself invited to a dahlia farm. Vallejo Street Dahlias, to be exact. Willbe orchestrated and Max was the gracious host, and together, we wandered the rows of the season’s last blooms. Many were, delightedly, the size of my face, and the riot of color was a blast of […]

This is a late one! In the early fall, we dropped off Tim at UCSD and made a little pit stop in San Luis Obispo along the way. San Diego was a quick blitz, but I did what I really wanted, which was a jaunt through Balboa Park, which did not disappoint. What to Do […]

Three staggered palm trees rise against a cloudy blue sky at Balboa Park in San Diego

In what now seems like a distant memory, on a warm October Friday, Lindsay, Shelby, and I took a colorful jaunt through San Francisco as we clicked, swished, and twirled our way through the Mission District, took a pit stop at Tartine, and picnicked as the sun set at Sutro Baths. Here are my favorite […]

A cascade of bougainvillea flowers over a concrete wall in a sunny alleyway in San Francisco.

If you’re going to San Francisco, you’d better do two things: One, wear flowers in your hair. Two, walk through the Pacific Heights neighborhood. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. b.patisserie is my go-to starting point — for a walk, and for food. Try any croissant-based pastry…but also, really anything. I […]

A cascade of magenta bougainvillea flowers over a powder sea green garage in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood on Divisadero Street.

We squished our way through the sand, feet sinking and sliding with each step, (film) cameras in hand, as the waves washed up the shore. The wind was crisp, an announcement that fall was claiming her territory on this coastal town — and a far cry from the sweltering temperatures that we had left back […]

The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse sits on the Mendocino coast in northern California. It is a small, red-roofed structure that stands alone on a vast field.

From a jaunt to the seaside town of Pacifica, just below Daly City. Classic California coastal views on a surprisingly warm day. All we did was pull up to the beach and walk up Mori Point. Parking was tight but I guess that’s part of the adventure. We finished off the evening with a little […]

The corn moon rose, peaking above the sillouhette of the trees, as we cruised along 101 in the pitch black. Full and yellow, it cast a faint glow on the forest and on our path. The gentle smell of salt water signalled our approach towards the coast. The next foggy morning revealed an industrial town […]

Walking through Paris and the Jardin des Plantes (one of my favorite gardens in Paris) at the end of spring/beginning of summer. I was feeling a little down because I had missed cherry blossom season in Paris, which I had been greatly anticipating and wanting to photograph on film this year. Although I did not […]

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!