a visual rabbit hole

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. 

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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!! 

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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. 

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I must have taken over 10 pictures of this orchid. It reminds me of a beautiful flying insect. 

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Reflections from a pool.

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Ode to Georgia O'keeffe's paintings. 

If you are in New York, the show runs from now until April 22. 

The Junglicious Home of Lindsey Crafter

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! 

Women's March in NYC!

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. 

The High Line in Autumn

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...

Greenwood Cemetery

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. 

For the love of Gardens!

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. 

 February 2016

February 2016

 June 2016 - Brooklyn, NY

June 2016 - Brooklyn, NY

 Daffodil and a caterpillar (I think this one becomes a Monarch Butterfly.)

Daffodil and a caterpillar (I think this one becomes a Monarch Butterfly.)

 Wisteria vine. Brooklyn, NY June 2016

Wisteria vine. Brooklyn, NY June 2016

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... 

Water Birds

Selected images from my time photographing birds in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. 

Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. 

 

 

Blizzard on the houseboat

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. 

Denver's Landscape from Red Rocks Park

I have a trillion photos from Denver that I'm still editing almost 1 month later. 

We went to Red Rocks Park and then took on a small hike up the geological overlook. The views were incredible and the weather was perfect. 

 Red Rocks Amphitheater - what a beautiful and natural venue to see a show.

Red Rocks Amphitheater - what a beautiful and natural venue to see a show.

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I knew I'd get incredible landscape images here I was not disappointed. I really could have spent all day there taking pictures.

The Wallkill Getaway

This was our second year going to Wallkill, NY. We really, REALLY like this place, and our airbnb host, Melissa

 We stayed in one out of four bungalows that used to be for camp quarters but has since been turned into airbnb bungalows for the summer season. Above is a painting Jason painted last year and left it there. They hung it up next to the camp ground rules. 

We stayed in one out of four bungalows that used to be for camp quarters but has since been turned into airbnb bungalows for the summer season. Above is a painting Jason painted last year and left it there. They hung it up next to the camp ground rules. 

 The view down to the pond just as beautiful as I remembered it. There are so many shades of green in nature. 

The view down to the pond just as beautiful as I remembered it. There are so many shades of green in nature. 

This place is definitely a great place to collect yourself and get away from the rest of the world.

Old World Townhouse

Some buildings in New York City never cease to amaze me. 

There was a beautiful location I shot in with a client that just blew my mind. It made me felt like I stepped into a time machine. I grabbed just a few snaps before I left of the sitting room and gorgeous spiral staircase. 

I only saw parts of it but I'm sure the rest is just as dreamy. 

Boat Weekends

This summer I am spending time between my apartment and a houseboat in Sheepshead Bay. 

Living on a houseboat is actually not unlike living like a studio apartment in Manhattan. The quarters are just as small but the amenities are the same - like tiny kitchens (or kitchenettes) and bathrooms. But the best thing is having the whole top deck outdoor space.

The boat being in the location that it is, it feels pretty isolated and sometimes it doesn't feel like we are in civilization amongst others.

Our boat comes with a kayak so we've been doing small loops in Jamaica Bay. There is a ton of wildlife including all different types of birds and sea creatures. 

There's a family of swans and ducks that make their way around the boat routinely at the same time everyday. It's pretty adorable and it's like living in a National Geographic show. 

It's actually the perfect space to hold our Eco-Urban meetings, holding experiments and plotting world domination. ;)