Here’s my favourite representation of the endless California summer, shot in February, 2007 while on a road trip that took a group of friends through Santa Barbara, California.
I spent a good portion of this week and all last weekend in Vancouver where I was shooting a wedding. The weather had apparently been gorgeous up until the day before I arrived, and though we were spared a soaking during the wedding, it became clear to many that fall had begun during my stay. The rains that make the Pacific Northwest so famously green, and the damp cool that comes with them were showing off. I’d packed for fall weather so I was prepared, and settled into old routines that involved boots and umbrellas and warm food to cast out the dampness. And then just as quickly as I’d reacquainted myself with the gentle rains that come with the end of summer on the Coast, I boarded my return flight for California and two hours later deplaned in San Francisco. Now for those of you who know the city, you know that throughout much of the year there isn’t much of a difference in climate between San Francisco and her more northerly metropolitan sisters. But those who know the Bay area also know that just 45 minutes east over the hills the climate does an about face and beckons those who crave warmth and blue skies for the better portion of the year! As the train passed from the misty hills surrounding the Bay into the Livermore Valley, warm air enveloped us and smacked me in the face as soon as I set foot onto the station’s platform. I was shocked , delighted, and overly warm in my multitude of layers. I had returned to SUMMER!!! And while the calendar has me craving wholesome soups and knit scarves, I can honestly say that I’m set for round two of my most favourite season and am happy to be packing up the boots for at least another 6 weeks or so!
Enjoy the weekend whatever season you might find yourself in!
PS My apologies for missing last Friday’s Favourite…I’d planned on giving some notice but was traveling that day and found myself overly swamped. Thanks for understanding!