Monthly archives of “July 2014

Local

Cap Hill Block Party by Brent

Cap Hill Block Party by Brent

“Welcome to my front yard. Welcome to Capitol Hill Block Party. Every year in July, the entire street I live on is taken over for a weekend for a musical festival of epic proportions. There are four stages with artists playing from morning to night. I was given free admission because my apartment is so close, and I took advantage by slipping in for a few quick shots of the main stage. The group playing here was Odesza.” –B

From Burundi to Capitol Hill by Mandy

A Blue Coffee Shop on Capitol Hill by Mandy

Not only is Seattle commonly known for its dreary skies and greenery, but it is also known for it’s coffee culture. These are just a few things that made me gravitate toward moving here from California. Capitol Hill is a growing, vibrant, progressive, and culturally rich neighborhood in Seattle that I have grown to love. When you live in a neighborhood with so much to offer, you begin to curate a small list of your favorite spots. Victrola Coffee Roasters is a sweet little gem of a place with much to offer. They are one of the very many independent coffee companies that roast their own beans in store and supply to local vendors. I find myself spending hours here munching on delicious biscuits and sipping endless cups of coffee. Located right on the edge of downtown, it’s a fun place to people watch. If you ever find yourself walking up Pike Street into the neighborhood, stop in and buy a cup of coffee, chat with one of the lovely baristas here (like Angelique in the photo above), and soak in the comfort that you’ll only find at a place such as this.

This week is now coming close to a…

Close. 

–M.

Bloom

 

Bloom In Hand

Bloom In Hand by Mandy

“I took an afternoon trip to the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle with my friend Natalie, and her visitor from Texas, Sebastian. It was over 90 degrees out and it probably wasn’t the ideal time to hang out in a greenhouse for the afternoon, but I managed to capture some cool photos of unique summer blossoms. Funny enough, the blossom that I decided to feature in this week’s blog post is a flower of little significance in comparison to the great variety that this conservatory offered. I much prefer to look at the little flowers that no one else seems to notice. Unfortunately, half of the conservatory is currently under renovation so I didn’t get to check out any of the succulents that take residency here. This only gives me an excuse to go back.” –M

Stand Tall

Stand Tall by Brent

As Mandy was posting last week’s photos, I was in a car headed to the Teanaway area in central Washington for a three day backpacking/camping trip with some friends. The guy who organized the trip had promised wide open fields of freshly-blooming wildflowers contrasting the mountains surrounding us. Choosing “bloom” would make me a shoe-in for the best photo for the week! …and then we arrived only to find that we had missed the prime blooming cycle by a week. The flowers still standing were mostly missing petals and were sparse in the grassy fields. Worse yet, attempting to photograph them meant braving the indigenous mosquito population.

This shot was taken on the third day of the trip on the six-mile hike back to the car. It was taken at 6:30am in the soft light of the sun as it peaked over Mt. Stuart and through the trees. It’s not the most creative or anywhere near the best flower shot I’ve ever taken, but it does give a tiny indication of the incredible beauty that can be found in Washington’s wildernesses. I’m excited to do more hikes and to visit more places around the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle residents know that each district and neighborhood has its own personality and each tells its own story. And when Seattle summers shape up to be as spectacular as this, it’s only fitting that Mandy wants to share our neighborhood by keeping next week’s topic…

Local.

–B

Old

Twenty-Seven by Brent

Twenty-Seven by Brent

“I had some cool ideas for fantastically old things to photograph, but this week was busier than usual and I had to find an alternative. With that in mind, my interpretation of ‘Old’ is the fast approaching birthdays of both me and Mandy. We’ll both be turning 27 within the next month. That’s late twenties. That’s almost early thirties! That’s old. Wish us happy ones!” –B

Bug by Mandy

Bug by Mandy

There are many things in Seattle that I could have photographed that is old, but one thing that stands out to me in my mind is a vintage VW bug that is always parked somewhere around my old apartment. I didn’t get a chance to photograph it, but the top of the bug has a sign that lights up saying “not a taxi”. I always wondered what the story is with this car, but one thing is for sure: it’s OLD.

Brent is going backpacking this weekend with some buddies in The Enchantments and apparently all the wildflowers are making an appearance. I’d like to say that he has quite the advantage for the topic this week…

Bloom.

–M.

Time

Before we dive into the photos, I’d like to celebrate the fact that this is our 26th weekly photo, or in other words, half way to our first year! Time flies. It’s been a wild ride so far – a lot of work, a lot learning, and a lot of reward. We say it a lot and we mean it: thanks to all of our friends, family, and fans for joining us.

Time Times Four

Time Times Four by Mandy

“There are four examples of ‘time’ in this photo (hah, I did ‘time’ times four). See if you can identify all four before you read the rest of this paragraph. This is our friend, Dan, reading a lovely news magazine on his deck. I had a really hard time trying to conceptualize a ‘time’ photograph so I decided to photograph four of them in one photo.

Can you see them yet? It’s the TIME magazine, his watch, the progressive growth of his corn plants, and the last one is a bit of a stretch but it’s the tree trunk that he is sitting on. I’m sure most of you know that tree trunk rings tell a tree’s age, which is a fact that I always found very cool.” –M

Sunset Strips

Sunset Strips by Brent

Welcome back to my apartment ceiling, this time for an evening sunset. I took this photo, or really, these 11 photos over the course of an hour to try to show the evolution of color in the sky as time passed. Mandy and I played Cribbage while waiting.

My birthday is just two weeks away and it seems as if Mandy’s topic was meant to poke fun…

Old.

–B