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we took a drive down to the salton sea yesterday on a whim.  it's such an interesting place, and we only were able to spend a few hours by the visitors center.  there is so much more to see there, including boiling mud pits (which eliot is ecstatic about), that we will most certainly be back soon.  it has this abandoned feeling, not in a creepy way, but more like in a relaxed way.  like maybe it was never supposed to be as busy as it was in its heyday?  this place has been filling up and then drying out again for hundreds and hundreds of years.  it's hard to get in the way of cycles like that.  anyway, read more about it here.  and you'll probably see more of it here too.  i shot some 120 film, i hope it comes out!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing pictures. Now that you've visited, you need to watch the "documentary" called "Bombay Beach". It's on Netflix. Zach Condon (Beirut) did the music and it is truly fascinating. I think you'd really love it.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love these! And I need to visit this place next time I'm out west...

11:36 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

gorgeous photos... i'll have to remember this place if i ever get down south...

11:12 AM  
Blogger charlotte said...

Such good light, H. Also, you have the best models.

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Blogger clark eddy said...

Arlo is getting sassy in some of these.

5:06 AM  
Blogger clark eddy said...

Arlo is getting sassy in some of these.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always loved your photography. Then, I happened on another blog with photogs and the intense beauty, framing, color, and whatever appropriate photog words there are, of your work was simply Magnified.

Not trying to put down the other work, but I suddenly realized your editing.

You are such a talent. A calm and measured talent that is discerning and patient and a wonderful editor.

This is a beautiful series.


1:46 PM  
Blogger iHanna said...

OMG - these photos are SO beautiful!

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two gone by

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somehow it's nearly march and we've had two birthdays come and go.  eliot turned 11 (seriously) at the end of january and we managed to keep six boys entertained with a parachute, some stomp rockets and a good old fashioned jump rope contest!  and then that arlo went and turned 7 at the beginning of february, how i'm not sure.  she wanted disneyland and swimming and really why wouldn't anyone want that???  
i know back in the day, i used to get a little sappy over here on birthdays, but it seems a little different now that they are big kids.  so big.  and so loud.  oh man.  somedays i can't even stand being in the same room with them.  and others i want nothing more than to lay in a giggling heap of them on the couch.  i guess that means they're growing up?  or maybe i am?  i'm not sure.  what i do know is that they are pretty great.  loud mouths and all.  i love my three monkeys.


Blogger Liza B. Gonzalez said...

Happy birthday to your little monkeys.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago, you posted a photo of Arlo & my heart broke open: "Oh, I Do want children," I realized. I was taken aback because I thought my husband & I were fine in our child-less living. (We were going with the flow & we didn't get pregnant)

I kept reading your writing & loving it all, but never sharing my revelation.

Now, Arlo is 7, Happy happy Birthday Arlo, & and we received a call from a birthmother the other day who would like my husband & me to raise her baby up: she is due in July.

G-d willing, I will be a mother, just like I really wanted.

I'm in shock, awe, amazement. & so glad I found your writing/photography.

Congratulations on all of the celebrations at your house.


12:45 PM  
Blogger hannah said...

Marian, that is perhaps one of the most flattering, heartfelt things I've ever heard. I'm so excited for you and your sweet baby who will be here so soon. Being a mother is certainly the hardest job I've ever had.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Hannah. We just found out we are having a Girl. Breathing .... :)


9:56 AM  
Blogger hannah said...

A GIRL!!! That is sooo exciting Marian!

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4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah,
We are expecting our baby soon ... We are in her birth state, having travelled here a week early, because contractions had begun, then, never got regular enough to say labor had begun.

The limbo has been glorious, since we get a break from our normal, busy lives. As you mentioned, this is going to be a hard job, so I am not rushing it, knowing she will enter the world on her own time.

Will let you known when she is born, certainly :)


5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hannah, our girl is here, in my arms, my heart. Our arms, our hearts :)

Would love to send you photo etc via email, if that's ok.

I always remember you mentioning this hard job, so I am easy on myself, as I do not want to rush a minute.

Today, she stayed awake, & more aware, longer. I love noticing the subtle changes of this flower opening.


4:51 PM  
Blogger hannah said...

yes marian, please do! haeshu at gmail congratulations on your sweet new daughter xoxo

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i didn't really make any resolutions this year.  ok, that's not entirely true, i'd like to learn how to back into a parking space.  but that's more like basic necessity, not a resolution, right?  mostly i'm just glad that 2013 is here.  the tail end of 2012 wasn't so hot for me.  actually it was downright terrible.  more than anything i was worried that the terrible was going to follow me right on into this year.  but it didn't, thank goodness.  because of that, this year seems so shiny and new with possibility.  i really think it's going to be a good one.  when i read this later, i'll need to remind myself that we've been having unseasonably warm days here and that we took advantage of it and spent our first beach day of 2013.  it was quiet and uncrowded, just the way we like it.  oh and blouses.  i'm going to try to buy more blouses.  maybe not blouses exactly, but shirts that are not tshirts.  you know?  because this year i'm hitting my, ahem, late 30's stride.  2013 people!!  what about you?


Blogger NJ said...

same i didn't make a resolution list this year too. but i plan to make a to do list once a month, that is to motivate myself into doing more things and avoid getting lazy.

whenever i'm at the beach i love looking at kids play. these pictures you posted just fit in nicely. thanks for sharing them.

2:47 AM  
Blogger ke said...

yes- i need a blouse too.

6:18 AM  
Blogger chief gordon said...

Good beach trip yesterday full of calm, quiet locals. Love seeing it through your eyes after the fact.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous bet(h) said...

yay!! hannah photos of life! lovely as usual -- both your kids, your photos, and your words.

miss getting to interact with you on a regular basis. there's nothing quite like being in the same room with hanna huffman. :)

cheers to you & 2013! may goodness abound.

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a quiet day at home 
left over pizza for lunch
christmas lights
all of us together
happy and healthy
a blessing that i sometimes forget to count
but not today
love and peace to those families who are not whole


Blogger Leciawp said...

So nice to have you back in this space.

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the lost year

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I can't tell you how many times I asked Melissa, "are you sure that wasn't last year???" but it was a lot.  Each and every time, she calmly closed her eyes, shook her head and said "nope".  This is her secret weapon, the calm and the eye closing.  I need to work on this skill.  You might wonder how someone could go about losing a year, and I will tell you it's not only possible, it's inevitable when you spend that year working 70-90 hours a week.  I do not recommend this to you, please do not attempt it.  Especially if you don't have a partner that is a saint, and even then they will be frustrated with you quite a bit.  But I will tell you if you have a chunk of debt to pay off, a year like that will work wonders.  I digress.  Because what I really want to tell you about is Melissa.  I know you know her, because she makes beautiful things and has a beautiful family.  Sam and Paul included, they just don't like the camera so much because that's what boys do when they get older.  But that Melissa, she is something else.  Remember that secret weapon?  It really is amazing to me how she manages to take people for who they are, all they have going on, take it all in, process it in her own calm way, and then do or say just the right thing.  Whether that thing is reassurance, advice, action, or the hardest one for me, just letting things be.  Not to say she's a saint, she is Canadian after all (ha!), and she curses like a sailor (after the kids are in bed), and she used to wear overalls and combat boots.  So yeah, I love her.  A lot.  A lot a lot.  Thank you for letting me come visit, I will not lose another year, I swear. 


Anonymous melissa f. said...

are you a little drunk? that is a lot of emotion out of you, girl.

(i don't know how to handle these kinds of posts)


5:32 PM  
Blogger shari said...

love all of these photos.
and would love to meet melissa one day.
no more year losing, huffman.

3:54 AM  
Blogger claire said...

she is a keeper

8:59 AM  
Blogger chief gordon said...

Melissa, no matter how drunk Hannah might be, she's always a "little drunk."

Excellent photos here.

9:03 AM  
Blogger hannah said...

I think that's code for goofy, right?

9:08 AM  
Blogger jessica said...

Lost years? I certainly know about those. Love these photos though. Lucky to have good people in your life :-).

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