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in wine country

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| currently listening to: Skinny Love, Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago, 2007 | LINK

the photography:
in sonoma county in northern california, things seem to slow to a crawl. the pace of living, the time spent pondering, the moments spent doing, they all seem to slow down to half speed. when you spend much of your time in a city, soaking up the noise, the people, the movement, you start to forget what the country is really like. i remember the first time i spent a night in the woods of wisconsin where i found it too quiet to sleep. too quiet. ridiculous. driving through the southern tip of the redwood forests and watching the ocean rise below you as you wind down a rolling hill, it’s truly spectacular. it’s trips like this that i need to make twice. one to photograph my surroundings and the other to enjoy them. here’s six from the ocean and the dry creek valley. both beautiful, both close in geography and distance but both completely different.

the music:
this is probably the prettiest song written by my generation. justin is an artist who sets the highest of standards for his craft. it’s beautiful and honest. if you haven’t heard this song, you have been doing a disservice to justin vernon and the music public at large. go on, go buy it. it’s breathe taking.

50 Portraits – 13

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Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: The General Specific, Band of Horses, Cease to Begin, 2007 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #13 is catherine

in my family, the #13 has always been lucky, my father’s birthday, my parents wedding anniversary, my brother’s jersey number from youth hockey, the sum of our house number in rochester, minnesota in 1986, etc. it was only a matter of time before i added the love of my life to this 50 portraits project. why not make her #13? cath’s very presence in my life is a joy that i never overlook for a second nor do i ever take it for granted. she’s beautiful, smart, and caring. catherine. these photos are from our recent trip to the west coast. it was a whirlwind four days spent driving around sonoma county stopping only to taste more wine, check out the ocean, eat fantastic food (kumamoto oysters), sleep, or to put our feet up after a long day and relax on the patio (probably with a bottle of wine). it was the most refreshing trip i have ever been on and it was the first vacation we have taken in a few years where we did not have to see any loved ones or have an agenda chock full of tourist’s visits. healdsburg, california and the surrounding areas comprise one of the prettiest landscapes in all of america from the redwood forests, to the vines in dry creek river valley, this county has it all. and we took advantage of it. sunglasses, open window driving, fine dining, and vino were our only pre-reqs for each day. it was perfect. we were perfect. that statement reflects more the company that i keep than anything that i had to do with the situation. as i tell most strangers, i married up. and it shows.

the music:
one of the catchiest singles from the 2000’s, is there a ghost, is one of the better pop gems from a band known for their melting pot of freak folk, pop rock, and indie guitar jams. this track is just as beautiful and it’s for those people out there who buy records because they want to find the deeper cuts of a record to listen to and fall in love with. these guys (band of horses) look like they should be driving 18 wheelers across the country while on meth. they are equal parts beard, mesh hats, tattoo sleeves, flannel, and overbites. how fitting. this record is really worth a listen to if you like the more poppy indie rockers like death cab, the rosebuds, or my morning jacket. this record is such a great representation of good song writing and music that will stand the test of many years to come. think arty beach boys meets neil young meets death cab for cutie. i likey. “it means shit to me now…”