A Weekend in Texas!

img_9791I just got home last night from a long weekend in Texas! My brother, his fiancé and I flew out to visit my parent’s new home just outside Fort Worth. We also made a trip down to Waco on Friday to see my little brother, who is a freshman at Baylor University. I had a great time, and took an obscene amount of pictures. Below are quite a few if you care to take a gander!img_9530img_9534img_9537img_9539^The guest bedroom. It has all my grandmother’s old furniture, but it looks so nice in this space! My parents even had her bed frame refurbished.img_9543^I played so much piano during my stay! I miss it. img_9549img_9560^My parents haven’t bought much new furniture because they’re not sure how long they will stay in this house after their lease it up. It was kind of strange to see everything from my old house in a new place, but it looked great.img_9568img_9575^The patio with a lake viewimg_9593^On our way to downtown Fort Worth. It’s a really neat city– very laid back with cool shops and a central square to gather for events and such.img_9624^At the Kimball art museumimg_9651img_9660img_9662img_9677img_9699img_9706img_9710img_9734img_9740img_9760img_9786^Watching the sunset from my parent’s dock. I never thought I’d be able to say my parents have a ‘lake house.’ I was in photographer’s heaven!img_9787img_9788img_9800img_9805img_9816img_9838img_9839img_9857^We drove an hour and a half to Waco, and made sure to stop at Magnolia Farms, the design store made famous by Chip and Joanna Gains from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” I bought some cute ceramic birds that I don’t need…img_9865img_9876img_9880img_9898img_9919^We met up with Isaac at the coffee shop Common Grounds right across from campus. It had some serious hipster vibesimg_9923img_9932img_9934img_9944img_9948img_9951img_9985^Baylor is so beautiful! Very different aesthetics from Pepperdine, but equally collegiate and striking. I am so happy he loves it there 🙂img_9996img_0002img_0013^This has to be my favorite photo from the trip– Isaac is photo bombing the happy couple hardimg_0032img_0037img_0047img_0059img_0061^For some reason the image quality gets significantly reduced when I upload them to WordPress. Any ideas on how to remedy that?img_0089^I have a feeling this photo might show up in your mailbox come December. It has Christmas Card written all over it!

Well, I had a great time Texas! You sure welcomed us with open arms. In fact, I think I brought the heat back with me to California. It is 95 degrees here in Malibu today, and my house doesn’t have air conditioning! Oh well, I’ll survive 🙂

 

A Trip to Utah: Zion and Bryce Canyon

IMG_3001A few months ago, my brother and I started dreaming about how amazing it would be to visit Zion National Park in Utah. It looked like a photographer’s dream. So we mentioned it to our parents and, magicians that they are, they made it happen! We left December 27th and returned December 30th. We spent two whole days exploring the canyons, cliffs, rivers, and vistas of this gorgeous place. It is a different kind of beauty than I’ve ever seen before. Arresting, stark, harsh in all the best ways. The sandstone cliffs shoot up abruptly from the valley floor, creating a natural cathedral of sorts. It’s easy to see where it got it’s name. It truly felt like Heaven on Earth. It is very similar to Yosemite National Park in California, so I joked that it’s Yosemite’s red headed sister. After hiking around Zion for a day, we decided to spend the next day driving a few hours  to Bryce Canyon, a neighboring national park that is much smaller but stunning in its own right. Southern Utah is chalk full of beauty. Below are a lot of a few pictures from our adventure if you’d like to see!IMG_3094IMG_3149IMG_3092IMG_2958IMG_2843IMG_2839IMG_2845^This was my parent’s first visit as well, which made it extra special!IMG_3130IMG_3160IMG_9753 (1)IMG_3000IMG_3019IMG_2999IMG_9503IMG_5416IMG_2963IMG_2895IMG_2878IMG_2980IMG_2807^Brrrrr….it was chilly! But in a refreshing way.IMG_2690IMG_2759IMG_2810IMG_3215^Stone arches like this one were scattered throughout the park.IMG_3119^”Oh hello, I didn’t see you there…”IMG_2935IMG_2876IMG_2873^Someone got a Polaroid camera for Christmas…IMG_3208IMG_3182^The drive to Bryce Canyon.IMG_3233IMG_3229IMG_9795^Bryce Canyon!IMG_9764IMG_9204IMG_9806 ^Still obsessed with photographing my new tattoo…IMG_9798IMG_9801 ^Casually sitting in the road…I’ll do anything for a good picture.

P.s. A video of our trip is soon to follow!

Question of the Day
Have you ever been to Utah? What did you think of the landscape?