Monday, October 14, 2013

Much needed...

{part 2}
Some of you don't know this guy.
Meet Austin, the youngest of my three.
A few weeks ago, he and some friends were driving home from a Civil Air Patrol function up north. They decided to take an off beaten path home to which his first words to me were I'd be in photography heaven & that he was going to take me there someday. 

That someday was

I packed a bag full of warm clothes and snacks (I do spontaneous logical!) 
& off we went.
Just Austin and I.

Can I just say at 4000 ft. the sky is SO blue, the air is crisp and clean, you don't hear a sound-I couldn't drink in the peace and tranquility fast enough.

California is nicknamed "The Golden State" because the discovery of gold.
Personally I think it should be because the mountains are speckled with the abundant of 
golden wildflowers.

We stopped by a local pistachio farm

They had me at "chili"
I LOVE buying local when I can.

Can I just tell you how delicious this is?

There were future Santa Barbara wine grapes almost ready to harvest...

...and this in the middle of nowhere with signs of fall.

some of this...

...and a lot that.

It was just what I needed-an open road, wind in my hair, photo heaven, day with Austin.
Happy (nurturing) snapping!


  1. Sounds like a perfect day; son all to yourself, beautiful sights, and your camera....Days like this feed the soul...

  2. That's so great, Kelly! The shots are amazing and I'm so glad you were able to spend some wonderful time with Austin.

  3. I think that is just about the sweetest thing a son could do for him momma! I've been in great need for a day like this, but need someone to share it with....sometimes I get tired of going alone!

  4. Amazing! The pistachios, honey, and grapes look so delicious. What a great way to spend the day :)

  5. There are not too many things I miss about Cali...but these photos brought me back to what I DO MISS! Wow...

  6. Kelly your photos are absolutely beautiful!!!

    :) T

    p.s. you asked if I shoot in manual and the answer is most of the time! :))

  7. oh, kelly, love all of these shots!!
    and love that boy of yours for taking you...

  8. What a grand day you had with your youngest. Pistaschio farms?? son-in-law would be in heaven. Spending time one on one with your kids is like manna from heaven!!

  9. This is just what you needed Kelly. What at great son :) Love that windmill shot! Nothing like a fun adventurous day to take your mind off things for a little while.

  10. Your son was right ... photography heaven.

  11. OMGoodness! Lucky you! And I'm glad you took the time out for yourself. Santa Barbara is a fabulous place for adventure...I lived in Montecito for a while...a long, long time ago! That you could share it with your son makes it so much more special! Aloha

  12. Your handsome fella' knows his mama well. It looks like he was right about photography heaven. I'm glad you were able to have an Austin day. Being with our kids is pretty much heaven itself.

  13. Oh my word. GORGEOUS. Really, simply, beautifully spectacular. And what a darling son; knows his mama's heart.


Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world. Your comments always put a smile on my face. Hope to see you again real soon.