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Plastic Expectations in Baja

One of my new year goals was to reduce our family consumption, especially of plastic, and then we went to Mexico, where it seemed we were more dependent on plastic than ever. Here is what I learned….

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Seductive plastic playgrounds may not be as sexy up close, unless you like holes in your slides.

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But rusty metal ones will save the day.

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Coco Loco only looks like a guinea pig pooped in styrofoam, it is actually amazingly tasty.

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Although nothing is as good as a coconut served in nature’s packaging (we agreed to save the straw forever.)

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Plastic goggles and flippers are essential for swimming with whale sharks.

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But not as essential as actually practicing swimming in the cold ocean ahead of time.

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There was more screaming with whale sharks than swimming with whale sharks for our kids, but we agreed we’d try again after Ally learns how to swim. (oops)

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Plastic signs can be very helpful for finding your perfect chill spot.

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But even a wood sign isn’t that helpful if you don’t know how to read yet.

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Plastic film cameras (that you have never used before) can give you lots of blurry results.

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But it is possible to capture the cutest kitten love session behind the plastic trash cans when you get that focus right.

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All plastic aside, the most important lesson we learned is that we can travel together as a family internationally. After our last family trip, we were too concerned that our kids might not do very well traveling in a different country and could bring our trip to a halt that we didn’t do much planning beyond our accommodations.

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So now that we know we are capable of exploring the world as a family, our next challenge will be to travel the world as sustainably as possible.

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So our kids grow in to people who say “yes” to adventure. And “no” to plastic, with the exception being plastic cameras, of course.

Top Nine of 2018 (no algorithms were used in the making of this list)

000059560010-BetsyBeach2018paigegreenI did the Top Nine photo generator on Instagram, but I didn’t agree with the photos it chose, so I picked my own.057_000048360009These Top Nine (plus one) aren’t photos that other people “liked” best.

JJ-026_000037260010They are not photos that an algorithm deemed worthy enough to show other people.

079_000059800005-SCBeach2018paigegreenThey are not photos that I was hired to take, or that will help get me new jobs.

Ally4-2018000039120004They are photos from my life that I like best.

000059640007-SCBeach2018paigegreenThey are photos that remind me to slow down and make time for my own life.

045_000067360002They are photos that remind me that life is short and I only have one chance to live it.

BookClub000064790010-e-b-w45x5They are all photos taken on film with cameras that quite likely will not give me results that I expected, but they almost always give me photos that I love.

000009470002So here is to a slow new year, ignoring algorithms, being present in our own lives and having experiences that will likely not be what we expect, but will almost always be what we love.

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Happy Inauguration (of your favorite FIERCE Female) Day

It has never been more important to celebrate the strong females of our lives.

Last year I started a personal project to document the FIERCE females I know. This year I want to extend it beyond femalesĀ I know.

Please nominate FIERCE females who you think should be documented and celebrated.

Happy FIERCE female Friday and I look forward to marching with FIERCE Bay Area Females at the Women’s Marches on Saturday.

Guess who got a new camera…

(This photo was taken somewhere in southern Illinois, with my Mamiya 7.)

I am happy to announce that my beloved Rollei now has a new sister. Her name is Mamiya 7. Well, she is not new. I am her third owner, according to her previous owner, who I found on craigslist, but she is new to me and I am excited. Mamiya 7 is a cute little thing that takes big beautiful 6×7 medium format (film) photos.

I am hoping to put her to use this summer on some of my upcoming projects, including the Town Hall cook book. I think the rectangular format will be better than square, so there isn’t as much senseless cropping involved. Unlike this beauty of an image which is cropped just right.

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