Flat


While on an errand this morning, I encountered these flattened specimens.

Can’t help but wonder what the story is behind each.

Think I’d like these images as large-scale prints. Though I am partial to images displayed in large-scale, I would love to see more of the grittiness of the pavement coupled with- life remains.

Just magnified..

Wild Sunflowers




Wild sunflowers in the yard are in competition with the top of the roof for complete domination. You have to admire their relentlessness just a little.

I trimmed these buds from a huge stalk currently taking the lead. A second stalk I knocked down months ago, and it decided to keep flourishing horizontally. Invasive, may be an understatement. But pleasant none the less.

And, I find it hard not to find just a bit of joy in sunflowers. A happy lot they are.

Detour




Photo 1: Market St.
Photo 2: Bicycle chic via The Sartorialist
Photo 3: by Zakkatography via Copenhagen Cycle Chic
Photo 4: sticker on pole at Allen Parkway intersection

It’s not until you’re out of a car do you realize how much of a hurry you are not in.

I’ve just returned from an early morning stop to my local coffee-house where I enjoyed Friday’s paper, a wonderful ham and cheese croissant and an equally wonderful cappuccino. I sat outside. The coffee shop happens to be on Washington Avenue which has a posted speed limit of 35 mph and a designated bike route, but is actually like a mini-highway. As I sat outside, cars and cars were speeding past me and in close proximity. It began to annoy me, because it’s loud, but more than that it began to scare me as the cars are so incredibly close to where I was sitting. I began to think, as I often do in the morning.

Let me be honest, cars scare me (as in frighten) more than a little bit. Perhaps I am coming to terms and accepting my car phobia. Ask anyone who’s had the joy of being next to me in the passenger’s seat, I’m like your old grandma, making sighs, shrieks and ‘aye dios mios’ the whole way, while steady holding on to the ‘oh shit’ handle. I have issues with being in cars this much is true. The issues with cars, stem far back into realms (accidents) that I don’t have the time, or care to discuss in this forum.

I’ve gotten more than one strange look from people I considered to be ‘progressive’ when I told them I don’t have a car and that I ride Metro. People look at me almost as if I am out of my mind (which I’m not) or from some far away land that they’ve never heard of (it’s a lifestyle choice). I enjoy walking to Target, which isn’t far from where I live, but would probably take 5 minutes in a car. I also don’t mind walking into downtown to get groceries.

And by the way, what happened to walking?

Hopefully as you know, in another cities, the idea of walking to the store, cinema, market is not a foreign concept….It’s actually pretty normal. Perhaps I have become accustomed to a different lifestyle and frankly just might prefer it.

And it’s true people get completely attached to these speeding metal things with 4 wheels, I know, I once owned and drove one and I liked it. To be fair, cars are helpful and do quickly get you from point A to B to C. But I also remember feeling: stressed, aggravated and completely annoyed by other drivers (going too slow or fast), or coming to a red light or stop sign. I remember cursing and giving someone the middle finger for behaving in what I considered-poor driving etiquette. Honestly that is far too much stress than I want to experience again….It’s like, once you’re behind the wheel you don’t want to stop or slow down. Thanks, but I’ll pass.

And, do I want to sit in traffic with everyone else to commute to a job that should be 20 minutes by car? Um, no…I feel like if I got back into a car I’d become fat and lazy with road rage.. Yeah, I said it.

Not having a car for these past 8 months, I can honestly say the only thing I really miss about having a car is the ability to get in it and drive:

 out.of.town….

Luckily there are rental cars for this very purpose.

That’s my car rant. What works for me, might not work for someone else. That is the beauty of life and choices. We all have the ability to make our own and create our own realities.

Now back to the flowers..

Made Days

This has absolutely nothing to do with flowers, foraging, floral foraging or even style and design. It has everything to do with SF and hilarious and it makes me smile. It also made my day Tuesday and well let’s face it, we all like our day’s to be made. Yes?

I happened upon a new Tumblr site Whilst in SF via that Twitter thing, via SF Magazine and Refinery 29.

Hope you enjoy, the you know what out of it, although I realize now it’s only funny if you now currently or have lived in SF.. still every bit humorous otherwise.

Incidentally, no posts on The North Face or SF Giants…yet.

Here’s just one example:

When a friend recommends Gary Danko for dinner”

The Reception


I’m a sucker for Mariachis as a concept and collective. Just melts my heart….

As weddings go, this one was without a doubt AMAZING. I’m not just saying that because I know and think fondly of the bride and groom. This truly was one of the best weddings I’ve ever attended.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful studio around the Ballpark, of a very well-known designer in San Francisco. The bride is Jewish and the groom is from Mexico so the ceremony blended both cultures harmoniously, complete with chuppah, exchanging of the 13 coins, Mariachis and the Hora.

There were tears, there were laughs and there was an enormous (being an understatement) amount of love and joy in celebration of this wonderful couple.

After the ceremony, a Mariachi band serenaded and led the couple, along with ceremony guests to nearby  Bluxome Winery for a reception dinner.

The bountiful centerpieces consisted of incredible Coral charm Peonies, Ranunculus, Sweet Peas, Geranium, and Parrot Tulips.

The dessert buffet was styled and designed by another well-known floral designer who showered the table with gorgeous Lilac, and the always decadent and beautiful Lily of the Valley.

It was a wonderful collaboration from the floral community to come together to celebrate the love of this wonderful couple, and I had a splendid time participating in the production and helping in celebration.

Click here for beautiful photos of the wedding by photographer Anna Kuperberg.