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Life in California: Mount Baldy

I am from a town called Upland, nestled in the crook of the San Gabriel Mountain range here in Southern California. I’ve returned home to my mother’s house, which I left for New York City in 2001. We’ll be here for just a little while, as I grow a baby and we both grow our businesses in this new and exciting and sunshiney home.

You can see the mountains from every window in the house but southerly facing ones. After the rain, it blooms green in the summer, and white in the winter. Having lived in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, I always found it curious that people would call the rolling hills there mountains. THESE are the mountains. We here in Upland have always just referred to the looming north as Mount Baldy. But you can’t actually see Mount Baldy from my house. It’s the tallest peak in the range, and I think we just called it that because when you go to the mountains, Mount Baldy is just where you end up. I never even knew the names of the two forward peaks until recently. One is called Cucamonga, and the other Ontario. Predictable enough, as the towns adjacent to Upland are Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario. Behind them is Mount Baldy, and that’s where we headed on a rare and free Sunday afternoon after Thanksgiving.

I treasure these days with my Huz, with our baby girl still nestled in my belly. I’m so incredibly grateful that our home is in Southern California now, and on November 29th we didn’t have to brace ourselves to leave the house so we could venture out into the indoors. I didn’t even have to wear a sweater, and we hiked the canyons in my flip flops. A controversial decision, as toward the end of our adventure, we saw a GIANT TARANTULA in the parking lot of the mountain bar we went to!!! I would show you a picture, but I didn’t take one because they scare the crap out of me. Some memories are better left unphotographed :).

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Love these! the black and white finish is absolutely stunning!!

I’m glad you’re back, Punam. Your family is beautiful. And I didn’t know the name of those two peaks, either – sweet, learned something.

Love this post! :) Happy Birthday! :)

ahhh! you are making me miss California. we moved away from los angeles a year ago to be closer to family (midwest). i’m having such a hard time with the transition to cold this year and i definitely miss my weekly mountain hikes. soak it up for me! and congrats!!

Awww! So awesome that you are expecting. Having babies is the best ever!

The Corral Cousins! Los Angeles Family session

Vero and I went to high school together. I didn’t know her very well then, but even so she came to my rescue when Huz and I made the move to California and found ourselves with an emergency kitty boarding situation. And so, for the time being, she and my friend Brittney have been caring for my fur babies while I grow a human one and look for a place to settle down in our new sunny locale. I love how much Vero and Brittney love on my kitties. I get to visit them a couple times a month, and discover new and dear friends in my kitty nannies.

Is it weird that Vero and Brittney feel like family now because they have taken on the task of caring for a small portion of mine? I was so thrilled when Vero invited me to photograph her and her cousins. She comes from a pretty big Mexican family, and as a pre Thanksgiving celebration, we had a little barbeque and photo session out in a park where they’ve had many gatherings before. I told them, I want it to be a memorable afternoon with your cousins, and I’ll just happen to be there taking pictures. We hiked through the creeks and crests of Rowland Hills, we laughed and had a merry time! The day was definitely memorable for me, and it was so awesome to get to know this wonderful family!

Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
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Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
Corral Cousins!
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brittney

Love this family. You captured them so beautifully :)

Vero

Oh I can’t help but tear up looking at how beautifully our moments were captured :D! Can’t wait to see them all! Christmas will certainly be extra special this year with these as precious gifts – all my gratitude, Punam xoxo

Kenda + Ed

Kenda and Ed are the kind of people I always want to be around. They laugh loudly at my jokes, savor tasty food, and so thoroughly enjoy each other that you can help but enjoy yourself when you are around them. Seriously, when we did our engagement session we inadvertently got stuck in their car for 2 hours, drank mojitos and had an awesome time. I adore these two, and I’m thankful for them.

Kenda + Ed
Kenda + Ed
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