From Seattle to New York.
Seattle in October
The east coast girl goes Northwest…
I thought autumn was beautiful in New York but Seattle was just as beautiful if not more beautiful because of the giant mountains. I really enjoyed this trip. The weather was sunny and warm. Explored a bunch of different neighborhoods. Ate a bunch of delicious food including crispy duck I hadn’t had in over a decade. And the sushi! Oh, the sushi.
Spent some time in Seattle last week at my in-law’s little farm house…
Did you know goats had 2 little weird things on their necks?
From a short trip to Toronto in June. We went to Ripley's Aquarium. Such beautiful and fascinating sea organisms. I think I will make some prints out of these.
Impromptu pet portrait session with Barack
My photo has just recently been published in this new academic book, The Law & Identity Reader: Cultivating Understanding, Agency, & Advocacy by Jason Leggett and Helen-Margaret Nasser.
I'm very happy to be included and this is one of my favorite images from the first Women's March in NYC.
Greenwood Cemetery is just a few blocks away from my apartment. I mostly come here to see what's in bloom and to bird watch.
I can't believe it's been over a year since I've updated. I started blogging since I was 12. I've switched around many different sites since then... but now I'm back and it feels right! If you're still out there and reading, drop me a line!
To kick off this new year's blog, I'll share my most recent visit to New York Botanic Garden Orchid Show.
I am always amazed at how many varieties of orchids there are and how unique each one is from another; sizes, shapes, colors, and spots! Orchids are found in tropical forest areas and they thrive on humidity and dappled sunlight. I can't blame them, tropical weather agrees with my sinuses and my skin. At least I can hide out with them here for a brief moment for some relief. It felt like the longest. winter. ever. Finally, Spring is here!!
Although the artist, Daniel Ost used plastic tubing as one of his key features to replicate vines in the forest, I really liked this enormous bamboo structure. Bamboo is incredibly strong and resilient and has that beautiful green color that camouflages perfectly and makes all of the orchids pop.
I must have taken over 10 pictures of this orchid. It reminds me of a beautiful flying insect.
Reflections from a pool.
Ode to Georgia O'keeffe's paintings.
If you are in New York, the show runs from now until April 22.
I knew I had to shoot my friend Lindsey's home because 1. she loves plants, and I love plants.. we always exchange plants 2. we've worked on several shoots together and she has a cheerful, colorful, style. 3. she is an amazing DIY-er and there are several beautiful projects in here!
The Women's March in NYC was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had. Growing up in New York City, I've been to a number of marches and parades but this one had such an energy like no other. Seeing hundreds of thousands of people gather in solidarity for love, peace and equality for all is so powerful. There were so many different people present across generations and across cultures, it reminded me of how great of a consciousness we have as human beings, and as global citizens.
I am so grateful for the feminists, men and women, who have done this before me. As long as the same patriarchal, sexist, racist, system exists, we have to continue to resist.
We are all unique individuals who are capable of thinking for ourselves. We are not defined by or reduced to a shade on the color chart. We can't let old outdated ideas control our future! We all have the potential to create the world we want to live in.
What a time to be alive.
I always try to walk on the High Line Park whenever I get a chance. An elevated park on top of an old freight rail system is such a great way to implement greenery to an otherwise unused space.
A few snaps from my walk...
The sun has shifted at enough of an angle where our garden gets less than 2 hours of direct sun. Luckily we have some plants still thriving and giving us little dabbles of color throughout the garden.
Greenwood Cemetery is a national historic landmark in Brooklyn few blocks away from where I live. It's 478 acres(!) and I've only explored the perimeters. There are surprisingly some beautiful views of Manhattan in certain areas with higher elevation.
It's so beautiful and spooky at the same time.
Since moving in February, this backyard space has gone through a redesign. We up-cycled a bunch of things, designed the garden beds using permaculture and used gravity to our advantage.
We have over 100 plants and counting. We redesigned the space according to the sun for edibles and flowers. Luckily the entire left side is where the majority of the sun is throughout the day. The right side is pretty much an extension of our living room and the back area is a little more open for cooking and other activities.
July's garden is looking SO different! Update to come soon...
Selected images from my time photographing birds in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
A quick job at Bacarrat Hotel & Residences in New York, NY.
Humans and animals alike braced ourselves for Blizzard Jona. Stocked up on food, water, and emergency supplies, we holed ourselves up for a couple of days.
When living on a houseboat, you hear and feel the wind gusts... especially the sustaining wind gusts that make you feel like one of the little pigs in the 3 Little Pigs & Big Bad Wolf story. It was terrifying and exhilarating and maybe even a little foolish. But isn't that what adventure is about?
The next morning, everything was covered in white. It was as if we woke up in another world - the colors in this world were all muted with the gray overcast.
Jack, dressed in his winter gear went for his morning walk. He ran around like a lunatic and it was a hilarious sight. He returned with clumps of snow stuck to his fur but he was so deliriously happy it was worth it.
Even Bella, the cat cautiously went out on the back of the boat to check out the scene in her own winter coat.
Finally, the sun broke out in the afternoon.