[part 2] Leaf Peeping: Boston Public Gardens

This is the second part of my series on autumn in the Boston Public Gardens. For this set I wanted to focus on the experience of being surrounded by color. My next post in the series which will finally give you the full view of the gardens. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat!

[Part 1] Leaf Peeping: A Profile of Leaves

A lot of people back home have been telling me how much they miss the changing of the leaves during the fall (Phoenix isn’t exactly known for that). So I decided to series of posts on the autumn colors. I realized very quickly that it’s a daunting task to capture something as magnificent as the changing of a season on camera, so each post in this series is going to focus on a different experience of fall. I’ll start with the smallest elements and zoom out (a la Carl Sagan’s Cosmos). So, what could be better to begin with than …

Dance of the Jellyfish: New England Aquarium

The very first thing John and I did when we got to Boston was to become members of the New England Aquarium. Our annual membership fee contributes to public education, exhibit improvements and local conservation efforts. And, it allows us to go to the aquarium as many times as we want, all year long. This was really nice during the summer because the ferry from Boston to Salem is right next to the aquarium, which means we have a place to meander while we are waiting for boarding time. This week we discovered the Jellyfish exhibit. For those of you …

Museum of Science: Butterfly Garden

Last Tuesday we decided to explore the city a bit, and ended up at Boston’s Museum of Science. One of the sections I really enjoyed was the butterfly garden. My college roommate would hate this; she is terrified of butterflies. It’s a long room with air-lock style entryways at both ends, which have forced air blowing down over them to discourage butterfly “hitchhikers”.

Peach Picking!

Our neighbor invited John and I along to go peach picking last weekend. Unfortunately John had to work, but the rest of the housemates made it out. And, it didn’t even rain until the very end!

House Tour: DIY Bookcases

I’m not convinced this qualifies as an Ikea hack so much as an Ikea tweak. Either way, I wanted a large something to fill up some space in my new  and sparse dining room. I’d decided to be utilitarian about it and use something useful: a bookcase! Or rather, bookcases. Since I keep getting questions about how I got them all to look like customized built-ins, I thought I’d do a photo walk through right here on my blog. Edit 1/12/2014: The bookcases are still holding up strong and I haven’t had any stability problems with using the Ikea provided …

A Big Change!

We’re Moving! At the beginning of June, John and I will be heading out to Boston MA. I’ve been told they don’t even have prickly pear cacti out there O.O I’m incredibly excited and completely terrified. I’ve never lived on the east coast, or in a “dense” city. Don’t worry, I’ll have plenty of thrilling photography coming to you from the other coast! For my portrait clients, I’m sending local recommendations your way of photographers with great style and spunk. I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and appreciate that you have given me the greatest gift: the …