Drink Me

I've been juicing, smoothie-ing and drinking lots of infused water lately. Here are a few of my concoctions from over the past couple weeks.

My favorite combo for water is lemons, cucumber and mint. Pretty simple. The picture has limes because I ran out of lemons and I found it really hard to drink this water. Yuck city!

I'm juicing again. It's a total pain in the ass, makes a huge mess and takes more time than it should but it's worth it. This carrot, golden beet, ginger, cucumber juice was so refreshing!

Not all juices need to be sweet to be delicious. This one had cucumber, kale, ginger, lemon, and some other stuff I can't remember. 
This tasty smoothie had frozen bananas and homemade "raw chocolate almond milk" made with almonds, water, a date and raw cacao nibs and was topped with hemp seeds.
Oh yeah, I had a few Coors as well ;)

What are your favorite summer beverages? Please share!

♥ anne


Shop Update

I'm cleaning out my closet and listing some great dresses, skirts and tops from my personal wardrobe to my Etsy shop! I'm trying to save up so I can purchase the rest of the things I need so I can begin practicing wet plate collodion/tintype photography. I took a workshop earlier this year and I don't think I ever posted about it. Hopefully I can get a post up tomorrow. Anyway, if you want to help this lady make her dreams a reality come check out my shop HERE!
These four items plus a whole lot more are available now!

♥ anne


Shane Turns 7

Happy Birthday buddy! Thanks for letting me interview you :)
How old are you? 7

Song- Pumped Up Kicks
Book- Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
Food- watermelon
Dessert- ice cream and cake
Movie- Wall E
Thing to do- play outside
Game- Uno
Holiday- all holidays but mostly the 4th of July
Place to go- the movies
Color- blue, red and turquoise
Time of day- morning
Plant- succulents
Wild Animal- Cheetah
Place to go on vacation- camping
Smell- Pancakes and waffles!
Sound- A mourning dove
What do you want to be when you grow up? A dad.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go? New York City

How will being 7 differ from being 6?  I think I could climb more trees and read more books.

What do you think it'll be like in 100 years? I'll be dead in 100 years.

What if you aren't dead? Then I would be a grandfather.

What are you afraid of? Vampires. You should know that!

What do you love? My family.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Flying because flying is awesome.

What is something you don't like doing? Being sick. I hate it because I don't get to do anything.

How would you describe yourself? I'm shy.
♥ anne


Walks With Maggie

Maggie loves taking walks. She likes going in whatever direction she pleases and isn't that good at responding to my calls to follow my lead. I try to start off with her in the stroller, which she hates, and then I let her walk back home on her own.
She observes all sorts of things along the way. Flowers, dirt, leaves and birds. It's adorable to watch squatted over a little rock checking it out. Yesterday she found a big stick and went along with it for some distance.
She is a wild one and keeps me on my toes all day!

♥ anne


Birds of Newport and Huntington Beach

This post is devoted to my feathered friends who bring so much joy to my heart, fill me with wonder and make me squeal with delight when we are near each other. Over the last several years I have been attempting to photograph as many birds as possible. If I had a mega lens this post would be much longer and better but I'm grateful for the lens I have and for shots I've gotten. There have been so many days when I didn't have my camera and  have spotted some amazing birds. At this point I almost never leave home without it because you never know what might fly by!

We will begin this journey at Newport Back Bay. Upper Newport Bay is home to approximately 200 species of birds. In the winter, when migrating birds from Alaska and Canada are there the bay becomes home to up to 30,000 birds!
Below is a collage I made to give you an idea of what a section of it looks like.
White-crowned Sparrow
The next three are either Anna's or Allen's hummingbirds.
House Finch
Our next stop will be Talbert Nature Preserve. We live next to a section of this large park and I frequent it almost daily.
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
Least Bittern
Common Yellowthroat
Great Blue Heron
We watched this female soar from her nest in search of food.
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
We see many of these daily but on one special afternoon as the kids and I were walking to the car we spotted one on the neighbors lawn. It was eating a rat and we watched until it was finished. The kids were all at once disgusted and fascinated. They still talk about it often and don't think they'll ever forget it. Neither will I!
Least Tern
Spotted Towhee
Now we will head a few miles up PCH to Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach.
Snowy Egret
Clapper Rail
Least Tern
Stilt Sandpiper????
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Sandpiper
This last section of pictures are from right around my home.
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Mourning Dove
Brown Pelican on the peir
I saved my most memorable sighting for last. I've seen owls swoop by a couple times, I have found and dissected owl pellets but this was the only time I saw an owl perched in the daytime. Of course I only had my phone which explains the terrible photo but it was so awesome to be so close and observe this fascinating creature for several minutes. This was taken about four years ago and although I keep an eye for owls every day I've yet to see another one.
Phew! Did you make it to the end of this? Do you have a favorite bird? Did you find this interesting or incredibly boring? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

I want to add that I am a birding novice so if I've incorrectly identified one of these, please feel free to let me know.

I found the wonderful site Natural History of Orange County to be very helpful in helping me to identify some of the birds. Thank you for such a great website!

♥ anne


The best way to end the day is with a sunset and lately they have not been disappointing! Here are three from the last few weeks that I am grateful I got to witness.
This first one is from last night and it was incredible! We were at our local concerts in the park and the sunset totally stole the show.
This one is from last week when Maggie and I went on an evening walk. She was such a trooper and walked the whole way checking out flowers as she went along.
The multiple colors on this last one were awesome.
imageI hope you enjoyed these from your neck of the woods and if you need something to do this evening might I suggest watching the sunset :)

♥ anne