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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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.

This is a late one! In the early fall, we dropped off my brother at school in San Diego and made a little pit stop, discovering that there’s quite a lot of things to do in San Luis Obispo along the way. I’d only visited it once before to see the school, but armed with […]

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

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, ready to discover the things to do in Mendocino. The wind was crisp, an announcement that fall was claiming her territory on this coastal town — and a far cry […]

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.

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 […]

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!