Tag Archives: nature

The Sky was on Fire

26 Sep

If you live in the bay area, you probably witnessed that incredible double rainbow sunset a few weeks ago.  I didn’t see the double rainbow but what I saw was spectacular while I was out with the horses.  Luckily, I had my camera in my car so I ran to grab it to snap a few photos of this phenomenal sunset.  This is what I saw.

The clouds were UNREAL.

It just kept getting wilder and brighter!

These are all real color, no filters…

Pretty amazing.

What happens when the Sun goes down

6 Sep

Earlier in the week, I talked about the amazing night time adventure I had with Emily and Matt up to the top of Watson Peak in North Lake Tahoe to watch the sun drop and the moon come up.  I snapped a bunch of photos and here they are!

This was the moon on my drive up to Tahoe, the night before our ATV adventures.

Our awesome driver, Matt!

The sun slowly dropping.

Huge tree uprooted!

Beautiful.

I love all the shadows.

Matt climbing some boulders on the ATV.

Watson Peak.

I love these two!

Sun flare.

The sun was almost all the way down which left this gorgeous pink afterglow.

The moon slowly started creeping up.

You got the whole moon in your hand.

Lights started sparkling on all around the lake.  It was gorgeous.

Did everyone else catch the full moon last week?  Where did you see it?

Make a wish. Make it count.

4 Sep

I tend to gauge my life on “moments” where I can recount back and remember exact moments and feelings I had at a specific time.  Cheesy as it may be, it’s these moments that change my life in one way or another.  This past year has been a year of moments and growth in my life and it’s been my friends and family standing by my side that have really given me the courage to finally go full throttle on life experiences.  Working in such a bustling city has been so inspiring but it’s also the moments when I am in the middle of nowhere with two of my best friends that I can find inspiration as well.

This past weekend, I was up with Emily and Matt in Tahoe.  We decided to go on a nighttime adventure to the top of the nearest peak to watch the sun go down and the extremely large moon come up.  It was insanely beautiful and I felt so lucky to be there with my friends.  I have some great photos to share from it this week but on the way up to the top of the peak, we stopped in this gorgeous meadow where Emily found the one and only dandelion.  I love that she loves photos too so she let me snap some photos of her and I just love how they came out.  When I was little if you found a dandelion, you would pluck it and blow all of the petals off of the stem to make a wish.  The idea of making a wish is so simple and almost magical because although we all know that wishes don’t just typically happen, it’s a lot of hard work usually that pays off to get a certain reward.

After this dandelion turned to just a stem, we searched and searched this meadow for another one.  We could not find another one anywhere.  Em managed to find the only dandelion.  It was beautiful and a sign of the seasons changing.  I thought I’d want to hang on to this summer forever since it’s been such a great one but I’m actually looking forward to the Fall.  Pumpkin, Ginger, hooded sweatshirts, and most of all the changing of all the colors outdoors.  It’s transitional and beautiful.

Next time you find a dandelion, pick it up and make a wish.  It’s the little things and moments that count 🙂

Houseboat Life

24 Aug

Hi!  I’m sorry I’ve neglected my blog this week, it’s been quite the challenging week with work and things so I’ve had my focus other places.  I cannot wait to share with you my house boating experience with all my friends last weekend.  It was such an amazing weekend and the weather was really great.  I have many more photos to share and a bunch of great photo projects over the weekend and also a new project I’ll be working on that I cannot wait to announce soon :D!

Sunset swimming was my favorite!

Shannon and me checking out the islands as we drove by them.  There are all these awesome beaches and private islands all along the Delta.

We were surrounded by farm land at points, it was crazy to see the view from the roof of the house boat because it’s not what you would expect.

Mt. Diablo!

Evening BBQ’s with this view.

Morning showers and amazing skies.

There was a fishing tournament going on the weekend we were on the Delta.

Calm morning water.

Rain drops.

Sunrise.

One of the coves we found for swimming and BBQ’ing.

It was such a great weekend for relaxation and having some good downtime with friends.  I will share more photos soon!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Summer Skies

16 Aug

Tuesday night this week, a mini cloud storm rolled in that made for one of the most beautiful sunsets I’d ever seen in the East Bay of San Francisco.  The pictures only do half the justice of the unbelievable sunset.  I hope if you were in the area you got to enjoy it as well.

Near my house.

Every few minutes with the changing of sun position, the sunset changed in a new beautiful way.

The beams of light were my favorite.

The pictures may all look the same but they are different variations from about a half hour of changes to the sky.  I haven’t seen a sunrise or sunset this spectacular in a very long time.

Enjoy!

Chasing Summer

6 Aug

The weather wasn’t looking so glorious this past weekend in the bay area and I won’t have a free weekend to get up to Tahoe for a while so Saturday morning I just up and headed to the lake.  Em and Matt were actually in town as well and my other friends were headed up so it made a perfect combination for an R&R weekend.  The weather was beyond perfect and I was dipping in and out of the lake as necessary.  Towards the end of the day on Saturday, a mini storm rolled in and the clouds set the most beautiful picture.

I’m ready to go back now.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well 😀

Father’s Day – Winding the Northern California Coastline

19 Jun

As a continuation from yesterday’s post about my amazing Father’s Day road trip with my dad, today’s a continuation of stops from our trip up the Northern California coast.  We snaked along the Russian River from Hwy101 to Hwy1 on the long, twisted, canopied roads and found treasures around every bend.  When we got to the coast, I’ve never seen it look so spectacular.  The colors were just like Hawaii and the sun was beaming down.  It was a perfect Sunday.

Jenner.

We pulled over at this small restaurant, River’s End, we would frequent all the time when I was younger but we were still full from our breakfast so we just stopped to breath in the ocean air.

The colors couldn’t have been any more outstanding.  You can sit out on this patio here and just take in the magnificent ocean colors.

This is where the river meets the ocean and it’s just beautiful.  Two calming (at times) forces coming together between tides.

The roads are all gently curving to hug the mountain making sure you get every view possible.

My dad enjoying the view.  You can see Goat Rock in the background.  We head there after this stop.

The span crossing over the river.  It’s one of the most scenic drives.  Such a great day road trip to take.

Winding down to Goat Rock beach.

Out beyond Goat Rock there is a large rock formation with a large carved out tunnel.  It’s really cool to see.

I like that on these trips my dad has no problem pulling over to explore and we laugh while snapping photos.  I don’t think he could be any more easy going, especially on such a nice road trip.

The marine layer peeled back even more and the sun soaked the coastline.

Then beyond our belief… A whale popped up!!!!  This was extraordinary.  I’ve never seen one this close to shore.  He/she must have accidentally come in to close and quickly made it’s way out to the deeper waters.  I didn’t get many photos of the whale though because we were just watching in awe.  I’ve never seen one this close before and it was moving with excellent grace.  It was mesmerizing.

Part of Hwy1 matching the coast line.  This stretch is right near the town of Jenner.  It’s a small adorable beach town with seafood shacks and saltwater taffy galore.  It’s about 2 hours North of SF but more than worth the trek.

You can climb on the large rocks.

The sand is pristine.

The curves that lead down to the water line.

Of course I always have my camera in tow 🙂

When I was young, my dad would take me to this beach so we could search the tide pools and look at all the interesting sea creatures.  I was always into the starfish and sometimes we’d even bring a bucket to fill with saltwater just so I could take one home.  I’ve always loved the water, whether it be oceans, rivers, lakes or pools.  I was always swimming in whatever waterway I could find.  Even when I’m not swimming I still enjoy being around water.  There’s something so tranquil and beautiful about it.

This was the perfect road trip and I highly recommend to anyone even if there are no memories attached to it.  It’s beautiful and the things you will find along the way may surprise you.  In one day we managed to see the Russian River, waterfalls, large spanned bridges, the river meeting the ocean, and of course the wonderful coastline.  I enjoyed a great Father’s Day with my dad and I hope you all did as well 😀

Now and Then on the Russian River

18 Jun

I truly feel lucky enough to say that I have two great father’s and mother’s.  Both parents have remarried and to two people that I just adore.  Each holiday I try to split with both sides of the family but since I celebrated last weekend with dinner with my step dad, this actual Father’s Day was spent bringing memories back with my dad.  As a kid, I remember us always just hopping in the car and going somewhere for the day.  Specifically, the Russian River or the beach.  This Father’s Day, I thought it’d be a great idea to head back to some of the places that we had gone to many times before.  This way we’d have time to catch up and also enjoy the beautiful weather.  It was such a great day.

We left around 7:45am on Sunday morning so our first stop was in Guerneville, CA for some coffee and breakfast.  It was so beautiful and right alongside the Russian River.

We fueled up and hit the road again.  Here’s my dad at stop number 1!

Our next stop is a place we used to frequent lots when I was younger.  My dad’s great uncle showed him this place and it’s somewhere we had always visited.  The Caz Sonoma Inn is an old estate that frequents typically a lot of musicians from the Berkeley Music School.  Located in the beautiful Redwood forest, it’s a quiet and serene place to be.

There were beautiful butterflies everywhere.  They seemed to have no fear either, they were fluttering all around us.

The rainbow trout pond.  We used to always come out here and feed their rainbow trout.  We used to fish a lot together when I was younger and I always liked that we could check out this beautiful area of the Russian River.

When you feed them, they start going crazy and fighting for the food.

There’s actually a large waterfall to the right of this shed.  You can’t see it, but it streamlines down from quite a ways up the hillside.  The sound is so soothing.

My dad feeding the fish.

The beautiful lodge.

The tall, beautiful trees!

The long walkways through the forest.

After a trip down memory lane here, we hit the long, windy, beautiful roads and headed towards the coast.  What we saw there was incredible.  I’ll share those photos tomorrow.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and spent time celebrating Father’s Day.

❤ B

Let the good times roll

13 Jun

I still have more BFD photos to share but I have so many files that I need to get organized before I can post the rest.  Until then, here’s another look into my insta-life.  Why is Instagram truly the best?!  I love seeing people’s photos of where they are and what they are doing.  Not to mention, the filters can make some photos spectacular.  Some of these photos however are just iPhone photos and not instagrammed.  Happy Wednesday!

Delicious coffees on Haight St.

The new guy I’m working with is adorable!

Thank god for daylight savings time.  I love evening walks when the weather is still nice like this.

Enjoying the MGM pool while I was in Vegas.

Weekend relaxing.

The barn.

When I ran into my brother and his wife in the Bellagio in Las Vegas!!!

San Francisco lunches.

Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s.

Pool evenings with Brie 🙂

Backstage view from the main stage at BFD.

crazy skies one night at the barn.

My dad came out to the barn to hang out with me one night.  It was so nice! 🙂

Driving over the Golden Gate to go sky diving.  It was the perfect day!

I love this city

9 May

With another beautiful weekend, you know I had a hard time staying indoors.  The best place to be is outside when the weather is in your favor.  It was a very close friend’s (Brie) birthday on Saturday so I swooped her and a few other friends up and we headed to the beach.  This beach is pretty iconic in San Francisco and you’re about to see why.  Baker Beach is known for it’s stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and dog friendly sands.  There was no fog and the sand was like a warm blanket underneath our bodies.  I couldn’t have asked for a better Cinco de Mayo!

Dog’s were frolicking every just so happy to be enjoying the sun, water and tennis balls being thrown for them.  There’s nothing like watching a happy dog, living the life : )

Tuckey even went swimming!  He wasn’t the only brave one.  The water is ferociously cold but there were many brave swimmers on this warm day.

A huge freighter passing through.

Perfect day.

To help get you through this mid-work week day, I leave you with a good summer jam.  Hope you’re having a great week!