San Francisco is my muse. I can walk out my door and head in any direction and find something new that I’ve never seen before. I did a little exploring of Golden Gate Park and ran across a few new spots in the park. behind every tree there is a new trail, bench or garden! On Sunday I was feeling pretty under the weather… it seems like I always catch something when the weather is the nicest outside, everyone at work has been passing a cold around and I guess it hit me over the weekend, convenient how that works. isn’t it?! Feeling crummy isn’t so bad when you’ve got a pup to cuddle up next to you though.
I don’t know if this is a normal occurrence, but there were Llamas in the park!?
Got some frozen yogurt too. The weather was sunny and hot this weekend! This place is fairly new to my neighborhood and serves frozen yogurt with you – pick – em’ toppings. Cody got Vanilla Bean and I got the non-dairy flavor option; Peanut Butter. I put some sprinkles on top of mine but Cody went with none, which is a crime if you ask me!
And here is a pretty picture of the Sunrise and Duke. 🙂
Well that was my weekend, how was yours?
We tent camped last weekend at a smaller less-crowded campground called Bottchers Gap in Big Sur, CA. All of the other campsites were full and when we arrived around 2pm in the afternoon there were still open pull-up campsites and lots of walk-in campsites open as well. It started to fill up as the evening progressed but it seems that this place isn’t usually peoples first choice. The campsite is situated several miles down a long canyon road called; Palo Colorado Canyon Rd that leads you through some of the most beautiful and interesting houses I have ever seen. I felt like we were in some sort of secret land as we drove down the meandering road.
The road dead-ends into the campground so you can’t miss it. There is a camp host who lives on-site and has been doing so for 30 years. He really loves to chat so when you arrive don’t be alarmed when he comes out from his little airstream trailer to say hello right when you arrive. He is also very knowledgeable about the area and the rules, he will make sure to tell you about all these things too. Bottcher’s Gap is used by many as a trailhead for backpacking, which I didn’t know when I arrived but I snapped a picture of the map that they had posted at the campground so I could research coming back for a backpacking trip.
The view from the back of the campsite is so beautiful!
Here is Duke, looking adorable in the early morning sunlight.
On the way back up the coast we stopped at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for Pineapple Dole Whips… SO WORTH IT.
It was a grand weekend indeed. I think we will be coming back for a backpacking trip when it heats back up a little, maybe early spring?
Weekend Snaps well into the week is a good way to prep for the weekend! Right? That makes up for this post being late doesn’t it? I am working on some projects at home but none of them have finished yet so hopefully I’ll have some completed projects to report about soon and I am ACTUALLY going camping this weekend! *GASP* The last few months work has been crazy and my weekends have been completely full so finding time to go camping has been tough. But its happening guys! So I will surely have the trip to report on next week… Look at me making lofty promises.
Well on with the pictures. I went to the flea market again this weekend, its turning into a weekend tradition. I didn’t buy anything, however I did get a super sweet tarnished cup and spoon set for my boss… he is like the KING of tarnished props. Check out these first signs of Autumn here in San Francisco. It has been really pretty down the tree lined streets with all of the multicolored leaves. I’ve actually been able to wear scarves and sweaters this last week. I think I am ready for Autumn, although for any of you living in San Francisco usually that means it will soon be our Summer… Although this last summer season was really weird so this Autumn might throw us all for a loop too.
Who doesn’t love more pictures of Duke? The city put in this cool little park right by Kezar stadium with this wave bench made out of a single log… Duke seemed to like it. (Actually it took us a while to get him to just hangout there and let me take a photo, which he should be used to by now.) Since they redid this little piece of land there have been tons of dogs and dog owners bringing their dogs to play fetch and run around. If there is a piece of open land anywhere in the city, Dogs will be there, it is just how it goes.
This is a little street snap that I took just off Bryant St. I have been wanting to photograph the back of that billboard for AGES. I finally took a photo the other day when the lighting seemed pretty. My Tumblr is where I post all of my street snaps and other fun shots of my day to day if you want to see more.
This weekend was a weekend that could be defined by one word: LAZY. Here are few highlights though:
I FINALLY got to bring home my new coffee table. I had been bothering Cody to make it for weeks after we had brought the piece of glass for the top home from Builders Resource a few weeks ago. Then finally, after a bit of begging he got all the metal and welded it all together. After a few coats of paint, it was looking completely different. I am so happy and thankful that I’ve got someone to make me amazing things! I think it’s the shining piece in our living room. Our apartment now is home to a couple of pieces that Cody has made: 1, & 2. I am hoping with some more coaxing I can get something that is the likes of any of these in the next month or two. I think I’ll have to keep my fingers AND toes crossed to get this to happen. I would love to do a DIY post on how he made this table but I’m afraid welding is WAY over my head.
I also got a bunch of mending done on some clothes that weren’t fitting me quite right. I brought in a few pairs of jeans and also brought in a jacket that was a little too big on me. I’ve really focused on re-purposing my current wardrobe rather than buying new pieces, with the cooler weather coming soon I am excited to where my *newly* edited jacket.This picture *technically* wasn’t from the weekend but we stopped at this cafe in South Park by our work to get a little breakfast on Friday morning, this is one of the advantages of working together.
There were lots and lots of Duke naps this weekend. Not much to report from the weekend but what I think those productive weekends-in feel great after a busy week at work.
There is something about David Maisel’s work that has always stuck with me. I was first exposed to his “Library of Dust” project while in school. His attention to detail and the selected subject matter felt very personal to me. Each of these objects were shot in a very scientific way, with their solid black backgrounds and even wash of light over each of the canisters. These photographs weren’t about the photos but the objects in the photos, and Maisel doesn’t try to distract from each of them with fancy lighting or shallow depth of field, he lets each of these objects shine on their own. After reading the artist statement for this work, I felt that these urns were shot with a respect and dignity that the people hadn’t been granted with a traditional burial setting.
I have gone back to look at his works many times since I discovered him and have found a new source of inspiration each time. I believe it is SO important as an artist and human really to find sources of inspiration or enlightenment to keep yourself fulfilled and happy.
His newest work “The Fall” are aerial landscape photographs. Aerial photography is something that Maisel has done with many previous projects and this project is so inspiring to me. The work doesn’t appear to be landscape photography but they are representative of abstract paintings. His attraction to design and angles is something that I really admire. I’ve been looking at his work lately to find inspiration in a new project that I’ve been brainstorming lately.
Staying inspired is something I always have to work HARD at especially when life is really busy. I really hope that you found this inspiring, or its made you remember what inspires you.