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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After we had peeled away from Horseshoe Bend (literally peeled, it was so hot our clothes stuck to us as soon as we stepped out of Fitz), we tapped our next destination into the GPS. The sun was bright, the sky was clear, and I already had a short list on what to do in […]

cathedral rock red rock formation in sedona, arizona

As Thanksgiving 2021 rolled around, I found myself in facing the same conundrum as all the other years: Do I go home? Truthfully, it’s no conundrum at all. My answer is always no if it will take me longer than half a day to get back to California. Boston, then Paris, and now Birmingham all […]

Nashville skyline from Cumberland Park featuring the AT&T tower rising above the rest on a sunny day.

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

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.

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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