Tuesday, August 24, 2010

mando alvarez


Alright enough about me. One of my very favorite photographers, Mando Alvarez, has a brand spanking new website. I have been a long time follower on Flickr, and that won't change, but it's always nice to have a "best of" option where everything is condensed and organized a little differently. I'm not quite sure how he chose the best though... they're all fantastic. See for yourself.

seal rocks

So I'm not going to give you a play by play of everything that my boyfriend and I saw/did while on our trip, but I am going to share a few photos here and there.

Heading into it we intended to be as thrifty as possible and I think we were fairly successful in that. It's always helpful when you are somewhere with a lot of scenery to feast your eyes upon, and when you decide that walking will be your main mode of transportation that also takes some heat off the pocket book. I am surprised that for every penny saved we did not some gain muscle mass in our legs. Damn, walking in San Francisco is not always an easy task. How does everybody do it... or do they?

One day we walked across Golden Gate park, determined to make it to the ocean. Calling our surroundings gorgeous really doesn't do it justice. There is a lush cleanness on the West Coast that you just don't find in Texas. Walking on soft ground as a canopy of towering trees look down upon you is also just as rare. Needless to say I was feeling a bit like a fish out of water... or a Southerner out of a dried up creek bed.

ANYWAY, we made it to the beach and hung out around a place called the Cliff House and Seal Rocks. The former is what is photographed above. No seals, lots of bird poop. There were also the remnants of an old bath house and a tunnel/cave that overlooked the ocean. As much as I like ruins I would have liked to see it in its heyday too.

All in all a great way to spend part of a day. And also apparently a great way to get completely sunburned. Some delicious BBQ sweet potato fries and a cold glass of Porter helped ease the pain.

[ image via The Hive ]

If you want to see my photo bigger go here.

i'm back!

Flying can sometimes be nerve wracking however I have to say that I never tire of the view. This was taken in route to San Francisco; my knowledge of what is below stops there. It's probably pretty standard fare... "hey a photo out the window", but I can't help but be in awe of how foreign and mysterious land looks from miles up.

If you want to see it larger click here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

website update: need to want


Just as I come back I will be going away. And by go away, I mean travel. For a few days the boyfriend and I will be in San Francisco. The timing couldn't be more perfect as Texas has finally realized it has some 100 degree weather catching up to do. So my snail-like web updating will have to come to a complete halt. In the mean time I figured I'd share one of the re-done pages. No new material really to speak of, just the same old, tired Need to Want series, which has come to the end of its road. Hope it's a better way to navigate when folks take a look-see.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Yes, so once again it's been awhile. First was my birthday, then other birthdays, then working, and sleeping, and being generally lazy. And now I have been slowly working on updating and redoing some things on my website. I still have a lot to work on and when you don't know what you're doing these things take time. I have however decided to share a couple of little updates so that no-one thinks I gone and completely abandoned this blog.

This photo series is called Neighbormobiles. I do a lot of driving back and forth between my house and my boyfriend's. In that trip I pass many a car. These are a few of them captured with my Instax camera. And that's all there really is to it.

I felt a little like a private investigator or a total creep but I guess that's the price you pay when you're stealing a car's soul.

This car was my favorite but you can see them all here. And if you happen to jump around the parts of the site that are working and you have any feedback (good or bad) please don't hesitate to pass it along to me.