Monday, May 31, 2010


roses - big ranch road - napa, ca

happy memorial day.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

voltage. energy. wary wattage.

solar panels - trefethen - napa, ca

and just like that, in a vacant room with cobweb corners and beechwood panels, the lights turn on. you recognize the space, but it feels foreign in its dusty way. you trust your instincts because you've been honing them and relying on them your whole life--they being your sole trusted ally, as it were. this time, though, you resist an intense urge to flee, to forget that you'd stepped foot for a second time in the room where last you'd seen a ghost of yourself. sitting upright with fingers interlaced, you challenge yourself to be as present as possible. present and frightened and calm all at once.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

consider it an inner-competition.

ice plant in bloom - boardwalk - sb, ca

it is completely possible to keep your head on straight while sporting a healthy-sized ego. the air that comes from being self-confident, if played correctly, can protect you from poisonous people and can actually lift others around you. so...

stand up for yourself.
communicate with conviction.
and never let anybody fuck with you.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

our sunset is abrewing.

telephone lines - near home - napa, ca

if you don't already, i suggest that you look into the work of paul madonna. his all over coffee is the only reason that i pick up the san francisco chronicle's pink section every sunday. and latey, i've been noticing that my photography has started to resemble his drawings. i'm under the influence.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

left where there was right.

still place - trefethen - napa, ca

change your scenery.
change the music in your headphones.
change your habits.
change your life.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


relaxed - rocky - napa, ca

i love that dog.

Monday, May 17, 2010

a lighter head held high.

california poppy isle - home - napa, ca

makeup plays a considerable role in my life. for me, someone who spends nine hours a day maintaining an image of glossy composure, being without a painted face and calculated wardrobe puts me in a place where i feel completely out of control. with clean skin and naked eyelashes, there is nothing to hide behind. and it is then, when i find myself feeling self-conscious, that i'm reminded of the preposterousness of it all.

once i get over it, once i settle into the idea that people are seeing what i actually look like, my headspace turns a corner. and around that block, i melt into an honest version of myself.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

rest stop side of a dirt road.

purple piranthus - big ranch road - napa, ca

my head is somewhere else, and i'm just going to let it be for a few days. see what happens. see if it makes the proper decision to come back into its intended state.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


stacked posts - trefethen - napa, ca

go outside. take a picture. and actually have it developed. write the date in pencil on the back, and put it somewhere to rediscover years from now. title the photo as you see fit.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

virtual lick to the face.

that's my girl - rosie - napa, ca

you're on a roll. keep on.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

fluorescent from within.

palms - cabrillo - sb, ca

i had an idea today just before my bikram yoga class was set to begin. the lights were off. i was lying on my back, breathing in the warm air--readying my body and mind for the ninety minutes to follow. and for a moment, my focus left my breath and drifted to the prospect of something truly spectacular: imagine if you could take a pill that would allow you to glow from within, making it possible to do anything--yoga included--in the pitch dark. your color, of course, would be up to you. patterns, a possibility.

even after sweating buckets, the notion still thrills me.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

woohoo wednesday!

refreshment - my cup - sb, ca


kindling. the fire is days away.

vineyard stakes - trefethen - napa, ca

there has to be a direct correlation between time spent on facebook and obsessive, negative thoughts. lately it feels like my social networking tool is intending to drive me insane. i'm being constantly inundated with updates from people who i have deliberately disassociated myself from. yep. there's her new profile picture with the whale at marine world. ope. and apparently there's only twelve days until she's reunited with her baby boo . wow. and her bff--who happens to be just as irritating--just baked sixteen pies in twelve hours. a new personal record! (followed by a personal record for weight gain in a single week). must. remove. eyes. from. the. screen. before. i. become. one. of. them.

staring at the seed until it bursts through soil.

dad's greenhouse - euser farm - napa, ca

focus will get you places.
and with it, opportunities will find themselves found.