These days my father in law is visiting from Denmark. We try to go diffrent places, it’s often places he has already been, but it’s okay cause we always have new things to talk about. Yesterday was such a nice day, and we decided to go to Mt. Tam and watch the sunset over the Pacific. It was such a beautiful sunset and I feel like there is not much that gets better than that. Afterwords we drove to Stinson to have dinner at Parkside Café, and it was a perfect way to end an amazing day.
Last night I won 1st place in The Image Flow's Click Off photo competition. My category was: Golden Moment/Golden Hour, a new category this year. Everbody pick a note from a bowl, and the note has the category written on it. You then have 14 days to snap your photo, it has to be from Marin, and you can only submit ONE photo.
My photo's is from top of Mount Tamalpais, with a view towards Bolinas and Stinson Beach.
Mt Tam is one of my favorite place to shoot family photos. The amazing backdrop makes for dramatic, open looking photos. I was so lucky to go up there this weekend with some friends, who have the best family when it comes to shooting kids in diffrent ages. This family keeps me on my toes, because with 4 kids, some more active than others, you need to move with them - LOVE IT!
I haven't posted on the blog for over a month, and now it is time. A year ago my running came to and end, due to an insane pain in my left knee. When you are used to running, and it being an outlet, and you are reduced to not being able to walk, or excise in any way, it feels like your life crumbles. I'm not going to bore you with my whole medical history, but I got pushed around from department to department, nobody wanted me, nobody could help me. It was not until 2 months ago I started seeing a PT here in Mill Valley, and she is now working on aligning my whole body, and it is working. I can still not run, but I can walk/hike, and that is a huge step in the right direction.
All of these photo's are taking on my hikes around Mill Valley. All in hiking distance from my home. I'm bringing my Leica Q as my hiking buddy, and I hope you enjoy our adventures.
2 days ago I went to the Stinson Beach with my good friend Birgitte. We both brought our cameras, I decided on my Leica Q for two reasons. A) it's light to carry and B) the fixed 28mm lens is a challenge for me at the beach.
When going through my photos, the theme was clear, but the picking only 10 is still not easy. Please enjoy my day at Stinson Beach and afterwards head on over to Birgitte Heibergs 10 on 10 here.
After our hike from one end to the other and back, we had worked up quite and appetite. At the north end of the beach is a small place called The Siren Canteen, with the best taco's and homemade kombucha and draft. If you have not yet been, go the next time you are hungry at Stinson Beach.
This year I found it hard to get back into everyday life routines, after an amazing summer. There have been many things to do, and not much time to do what I enjoy, which is time out and about with my camera. I haven't done everything in my power to make it happen, I have been kind of hesitant. Struggling to go out on my own, since it used to be something I did with a friend, who no longer lives here. Now I need to find my own way, learn to be more patience, and enjoy my own campany. Lots of learning ahead of me.
These photos is from today, taken on a walk I have probably run and hiked for more than a 100 times. I know it very well, so to speak, but this is the first time I went with my camera.
With only 10 cabins situated on the cliff side overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steep Ravine is insanely popular, and you should count yourself lucky if you are able to reserve one of the cabins. This amazing place is only about a hour drive from San Francisco, but feels like a different timezone. The small group of cabins are dated back to the 1940s, and when you enter through the gate at Panoramic Highway, you let yourself slow down to and take in the magnificent scenery. To acces the parking area, you need to receive a code from the rangers when you make your reservation.
Each of the cabins are equipped with a wood stove, a picnic table with benches, several sleeping platforms (two doubles, one twin, and one child), counter space for food preparation. There is no electricity or running water, but nearby is primitive toilets, water faucets and you can buy firewood on site or bring your own. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, air mattress, camping stove, cooking gear, lanterns, and other supplies you might find useful. The cabins are very primitive but come with the best ocean view you can imagine.
You can follow a little path down to a small beach. This beach is full of drift wood, and beautiful rounded rocks. We found a good place to sit and relax, and listen to the waves roll in. Others had build rock towers, so we made some as well. In a fast moving world, it is so nice, and so important to find small gems like Steep Ravine. Places where you and your family can reconnect and unplug from the hectic everyday life. If you have time for hiking, there is lots of great trails just outside your door. A daytime hike we can recommend is the: Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop.
Sunset and evening bliss
At Steep Ravine you get the best seats at sunset. We found the perfect rock, dressed warm and shared a beer - something we should do more often. After the sun is gone, soon after the light follow, and darknees is all around you. It gets very dark at Steep Ravine, so remember candles and flashlights. Hope you get the chance to enjoy the bliss at this remarkable place, and I'm sure it is not our last visit.