Spring Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, and my, what beautiful flowers they bring. One of the best parts of moving to a house in the suburbs is having a garden that surprises you with different flowers every week. And of course, having a gardener who knows what they’re doing because I certainly don’t. Now I constantly …

Japan: Ashikaga Flower Park

When Andrew and I first started discussing where to go for a week-long vacation, we had originally thought we’d be heading to Italy. But given that Andrew would already be in Asia for work and that it would be spring with all its blossoming beauty, it was an opportune time to visit Japan together. We …

Flower Study: Orchids at The Conservatory of Flowers

Almost every year, Denise and I go to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park to take photos of the dahlias outside. This year, we decided to go on a Saturday rather than waking up early and going before work like we did last year. Most of the time, San Francisco’s cloudy weather provides …

Flower Study: les fleurs fanées

July’s flower study acknowledges the death of cut flowers and the beauty that can be found even in these last moments. The title of this post “les fleurs fanées” means “dying flowers” in French. Everything sounds better en francais.  Only in the most recent year have I started to buy cut flowers for the home. …

Flower Study: Bouquet

For June’s (again, belated) flower study, I shot the birthday bouquet Andrew sent me. The bouquet was a lovely arrangement of locally-grown flowers from Farmgirl Flowers. I absolutely love their philosophy and their bouquets. They offer one daily arrangement of flowers only from the Bay Area, delivered via bike messenger, in either recycled burlap bags …

Thermal Pools in Wai-O-Tapu

We almost skipped the thermal pools at Wai-O-Tapu for lack of time, but I’m so glad we didn’t. We had to rush through it in 45 minutes, but it was the best 45 minutes of photography during the whole New Zealand trip. About 30 minutes outside of Rotorua (on the North Island of New Zealand), …

Flower Study: Baby’s Breath

May’s flower study is a bit late (okay, really late) and there isn’t a great excuse for it. I chose baby’s breath for May because it reminds me of my wedding and we celebrated our first anniversary on May 28t. Searching for baby’s breath is rather painful in a city with great florists. No one …

Fox Glacier Heli-hiking

As we were planning our New Zealand trip, I was particularly excited about the possibility of hiking a glacier. We have all kinds of hikes in the Bay Area, but glacier hiking is definitely not one of them. After much research, we decided to do the guided heli-hiking option on Fox Josef, while staying in …

Milford Sound

Milford Sound, the most famous of the fjords in Fiordland, is the most popular tourist destination in New Zealand. It is quite a trek from Queenstown, the closest major city, taking nine hours each way. Luckily for us, on the final day of the Hollyford Track, the helicopter dropped us off in Milford Sound. While …