Jul.21.14 Camping in the Sierra Nevada Moutains

Growing up, my mom would often take my siblings and I camping. We spent a majority of our summers underneath tall trees and night skies. It was those very moments that I started to crave nature.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

I recently wrote & shared imagery of my recent trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but today I would like to share a few captures of that night, just before the sun started to set.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

My friends and I found the perfect little oasis to make camp — a clearing so inviting that smelled of wildflowers. This was mine and Chris’s first time ever camping together and so needless to say, we were quite excited and looking forward to creating new memories with one another.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

There’s just something so exhilarating about being in the middle of nowhere with no city lights or noise to bother you. Just you and the elements. And elements we experienced too! Being at the tip top of the mountain, the air was cool and crisp, and during the night the temperature would drop to a chilling 30F degrees.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

One of the many things I enjoyed that night was seeing the sunset over the mountains. Completely visible and so far away from the city lights that once the sun made it’s departure, the moon and stars completely lit up the night sky. The moon was so big and vibrant that night that it actually kept us awake, but we didn’t care. We were out there, in the middle of no where, completely and utterly enamored.

Chris and I are slowly building our camping & hiking gear and have many plans on tackling more adventures outdoors together. I have always wanted to camp along the beach, so maybe that will be next! Do you have any memorable camping trips or any planned for this summer?

Jul.17.14 Between Lenses / 07 “Movement”

Hello, friends! I look forward to the Between Lenses project each month, and Tara and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of you who have joined us in this creative bloghop! It’s more than just a photography project, but one that really allows you to be creative, to use your heart in capturing a theme that represents you. This month’s theme is Movement and I can’t tell you how much fun Tara and I had capturing this one!

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues
Photography by Of Trees and Hues

Movement. Such a powerful word, one that I’ve been excited to shoot since Tara and I chose it. To me, movement can mean so much — the coming and going of people in a bustling city street, the way a dancer graciously moves across the room, or even an artistic movement. There were just so many ideas flowing through my head, but it wasn’t until a recent trip to the coast, that not only did the little light bulb inside my head come on, but the sheer feeling of excitement & wonder to truly see movement in action.

High above the mountains along the California coast, I stood there in complete awe, as a blanket of white fog drifted in front of me. It draped the mountain in a mysterious white veil, I couldn’t help but be enamored by it. Once in the distance, you could see the ocean, but instead there was only sheer white. I stood there, for what seemed like ages, and watched it make it’s move from the ocean than finally into the trees.

I’m not sure what it is about fog, but I have always been so captivated by it. It represents peace to me, but more than anything, it’s nature moving in it’s finest.

Photography by Tara Victoria

Oh my. I absolutely love Tara’s photo, I just can’t stop staring at it! You know that feeling of pure joy, almost like being a kid again? That’s the feeling I get when looking at her photo. I just love it. And it depicts movement so perfectly and her description even more beautifully! You have to hop on over to Tara Victoria to read the feeling behind this moment for her.

It’s easy to see that Tara and I had a lot of fun capturing Movement. We’d love for you to join us! You can easily link up with us via the following steps:

1. Create your blog post and feel free to use the header image in which you can download here.
2. Copy your blog post’s url.
3. Notice where it says Click here to enter — click that and follow the easy instructions. Be sure to only link up with one of our blogs, not both. No worries — since mine and Tara’s blogs are interlinked, your blog post will show up on both!
4. And for fun, you can share your photo on Instagram & Twitter using the #BetweenLenses hashtag.

Our goal for this collaboration is to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers. And we hope that you’re one of them!

The up & coming Between Lenses themes:

For those of you who have been participating ( and those who plan to! ) Tara and I have went ahead and scheduled out the next few month’s worth of themes. They’re goodies!

no. 08 Tuesday, August 12th // Symmetry
no. 09 Tuesday, September 9th // Silence

Jul.15.14 Recipe / Cappello’s fettuccine pasta

Hello, friends! I recently wrote a post about the importance of taking care of yourself and one of the many ways I am doing that is by trying to change what I eat. I’ve been buying more fresh ingredients, drinking tons of water and, most importantly, keeping an eye on what I eat.

Cappellos pasta recipe by Of Trees and Hues

Now, if you know me — I freaking love pasta! But, in the spirit of trying to eat better, we haven’t been cooking much of it lately. However, I was recently introduced to Cappello’s, a gourmet company in Colorado that specializes in high-end gluten free & grain free products. So, I obviously had to try them out!

Cappello’s branding is what initially caught my eye. As a designer, I am easily attracted towards products that look good, and Cappello’s branding is top notch. To me, especially for a food company, it shows that they take their brand & products seriously, and I admire that.

Cappellos branding Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Cappellos branding Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

I got their Taste of Each package, which includes a variety of pasta, and it arrived in an awesome little recyclable, refrigerated box. I was super eager to try some right away, so Chris and I whipped up some delicious fettuccine alfredo.

The pasta was so incredibly fresh, like my neighbor just made it! I had never handled fresh pasta before, but I was so surprised at not only how easy it was to cook, but also how amazing the texture and flavor was.

I don’t share many recipes here on the blog, but that’s something I hope to change, as Chris and I absolutely love cooking. Almost as much as I enjoy photographing it. ;) So, I’m incredibly excited to share this simple (yet yummy!) recipe with you.

Cappellos pasta recipe by Of Trees and Hues
Cappellos pasta recipe by Of Trees and Hues

Cappello’s Fettuccine Alfredo
By Of Trees and Hues + Whisky and Tinder

9 ounces of Cappello’s fettuccine pasta (1 package), fresh or frozen
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
8 ounces of cream cheese (1 package)
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 1/3 to 2 cups of milk
4 ounces of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Bunch of Italian parsley, finely chopped
Kosher salt
Filtered water

Fill a large pot with several quarts of filtered water and a liberal amount of salt. Cover the pot and begin to bring the water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, and allow it to simmer in the butter for a couple of minutes. Once the garlic begins to brown, add the cream cheese to the sauce pan, stirring with a whisk until melted. Add 1/3 cup of milk and whisk until the milk is incorporated. Continue to add milk 1/3 cup at a time until the texture smooths substantially. Gradually incorporate the freshly grated Parmesan cheese, whisking to help smooth out any lumps. Remove the sauce from the heat after it reaches the desired consistency. Cover the sauce and set aside to allow the sauce to thicken.

Once the salted water reaches a roaring boil, separate the Cappello’s fettuccine pasta strands. Add the pasta to the boiling water and set a timer for 45 seconds. After the 45 seconds elapses, strain the fettuccine and rinse briefly with cold water. After dividing the pasta between you and three of your friends, top each plate with several large spoonfuls of Alfredo sauce and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. And enjoy!

( Print this recipe! )

And if you’d like a cocktail to go along with this pasta dish, you should try our Blackberry Buck!

Jul.14.14 Focusing on the Here & Now

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

Funny how your day (or week!) can drastically change in a blink of an eye. Last Monday, I felt like I was hit by a truck. A surge of uneasiness and lightheadedness came over me and the next thing I know, I’m in bed with what feels like the flu.

It came quite suddenly. Just last week, I was ticking off things from my to-do list like a mad woman — was quite possibly my most productive week yet. And maybe that’s the problem. Now, I don’t know if I became sick from over exhaustion or what. But I’m quite sure my body was trying to tell me something, and that’s probably “slow the hell down!”

Being forced to take it easy has done me a world of good — both mentally and physically. Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves a little break. Stop and just focus on the here and now. Even though my here & now considered mostly of sleep and the occasional Game of Thrones marathon, I was no longer worrying. I was simply just here. Incredibly mindful of what my body was telling me, and most importantly, what my heart was telling me.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

I’m making it a goal of mine to readjust my priorities, making sure to leave plenty of room for the important things, like love, family, and happiness, without having the need to get sick to appreciate them.

Today is actually mine and Chris’s anniversary and we’re heading to the coast for a couple of days. Expect a few Instagram photos! But mostly, I will be enjoying the company of my husband, celebrating our fourteen years, soaking up the sun and just being present. Focusing on the here & now.

Jul.07.14 Explore / Into the Sierra Nevada Mountains

I’ve been living in California for three years now and even still — she finds ways to leave me inspired and completely mesmerized.

Sierra Nevada Mnts by Of Trees and Hues

Recently some friends and I made our way to the Sierra mountains. You may remember the onslaught of Instagram photos from that day. The entire drive was beautiful, and, with each turn, new landscapes awaited us — ones that I was seeing for the first time. Little did I know that my heart would fall in love with California all over again.

Sierra Nevada Mnts by Of Trees and Hues

The weather couldn’t have been any better. Being near to 8,000ft above sea level, the air got thinner and cooler, all while the sun continued to warm our faces. The entire way, I would stick my hands out the window of the car to catch the wind between my fingers.

Sierra Nevada Mnts by Of Trees and Hues
Sierra Nevada Mnts by Of Trees and Hues

We made sure to stop as often as we could. We didn’t want to miss one view. We stood there, high on the mountains, and inhaled — to experience it. And tried, with all of our might, to hold on to those views for forever.

Sierra Nevada Mnts by Of Trees and Hues
Sierra Nevada Mnts by Of Trees and Hues

Over the years, I have acquired a strong love for not only California but nature in it’s entirety. We live in such a beautiful place. No matter what stretch of land you venture, it’s going to be breathtaking. Unique in it’s own little way. And those little experiences and moments will always live with you.

I can definitely say that this day in the Sierra Nevada mountains has become a small yet significant piece to the bigger picture that is me. With out a doubt, I will never forget this day.

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