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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Colorado: May Museum

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I love planning and I love the birthdays of the people I care about and I love my best friend Dan. When we realized I would be in Colorado (and have the day free) for his birthday, I started thinking of day trips we could do together. I had been to the May Natural History Museum as a little kid on a school field trip and I’ve always wanted to go back, and I knew Dan would love the colors and textures of the insects there, as well as the signage’s handiwork. We both loved it, the “World’s Largest Private Insect Collection,” with “7,000 species of beautiful butterflies, moths, bizarre beetles, giant spiders, deadly scorpions and more.” The collection actually contains more than 100,000 specimens, but only a fraction are on display. I struggled to get good pictures (great with white balance, as always!), but my favorite things there were the bird-eater tarantula specimens, both with hummingbirds. One of the hummingbirds has googly eyes. The scattered feathers are probably the best part, though.

Colorado: Home

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Back in April, my good friend Ian and his partner Angie biked to the top of a mountain and signed their marriage license – in Colorado that means you’re married! They planned a celebration for a few months later and I couldn’t wait to go. At the end of August, Nat and I flew to Denver for a long weekend and got to see my parents (and their new place in Longmont) and my sister and her boyfriend (and their new house in Longmont, and their new puppy!) and all of Nat’s family, and then we partied with Ian and Angie’s family and friends. Before the party, they had a barbecue at their house with just families, which my family and I kinda crashed (I brought Louie’s Pizza, though, which Ian lives just blocks away from?!). I fell in love with their little kitten. And then I didn’t take a single picture at their party! It was a blast. I spent all of the next day recuperating at Nat’s parents’ house, hence all these photos of their property that we love so much.

Also, Dan and I got tattoos together! One of my gifts from him at Christmastime last year was that I could choose his first tattoo and get tattooed with him. I picked out some art by Hiller Goodspeed and he decided on these illustrations that we’ve always loved. Haley, who did almost all my tattoos while I lived in Denver and who I’ll always go to, tattooed us both. In August Dan had a show of his art at a spot he loves in Denver, and I was able to see that right before it came down! He sold out all of his pieces the first night! He’s amazing. I’m so happy I could spend the entire day of his 31st birthday with him – those pictures next.

Megan’s Visit

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After three years, Megan finally made it out to Oregon to visit us! I’m stoked because I love that girl. Best friends for 21 years now. It was a super short trip, late Friday night through Monday morning, and we packed a lot in. On Saturday we went to the Portland Saturday Market and Multnomah Falls and then McMenamins Edgefield, where Nat met us for wine tasting and dinner. We spent Sunday at the coast, walking around on Indian Beach and then in Cannon Beach. There was some kind of photo shoot going on on Indian Beach – there were horses! Before taking Megan to the airport on Monday, we stopped by Voodoo to get donuts, which we ate at the rose garden. The roses were incredible but we really had to get going, so we only spent about ten minutes there. That’s it! Nat and I left for Colorado three days later…