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June 29, 2010

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more good stuff about summer … open windows, fresh air.

and i’ve got a proposition for you today.

there are loads of people who write me nice emails and comments, which i always appreciate. but i also know there are a lot of you who are lurking out there on the internets, and i’d like to know more about you.

so, here’s the deal: leave me a comment on this post before thursday night. say hello, especially if you haven’t done so before, or tell me your favorite thing about summer. i’ll pick someone at random and i will send the lucky guy or gal a large print of one of my photos, your choice*, from my summer photo set.  sound good?

and a link for you today: new photos on my friend xavier’s photography portfolio. check it out.

have a good day.

* caveat: i need to be able to locate the negative for any film photo … which is not an easy task, considering my organizational skills in that regard. but i’ll do my best.

  1. June 29, 2010 8:49 am

    Ack! I have been caught. I have been happily lurking for a couple of months now, after my sister shared your blog. I am living vicariously through your London summer as I am sweating it out in Oxford, MS! My favorite thing about summer: it is a toss up between home grown Mississippi tomatoes and linen anything. Tough call.

    • Kathryn permalink
      June 29, 2010 8:58 am

      Guilty as charged. So: hello Brian! I do love the open windows in this post, seeing as it’s 90+ in Georgia and our air conditioning has been on for at least a month. And my favorite thing about summer in the South … the cicada chorus in the evenings. I heard nothing like it growing up in Wisconsin – it can be wonderfully deafening.

      • Kathryn permalink
        June 29, 2010 8:59 am

        Obviously I am not a seasoned commenter, as I responded to another’s post instead of your entry. Yay for me.

    • Anna permalink
      June 29, 2010 11:14 am

      i open up the comments roll to leave my inaugural response, and who do I find to be the first post, but my own dear sister. clearly that little (completely validated) guilt trip worked on us both! i have loved your blog, discovered through molly wizenberg’s, for what could be a few years now. initially drawn to (and inspiried by) your discipline through your 365 project, it has been a joy to see your photos and enjoyment of them continue to develop. fav. thing about summer: it just seems that everything is a bit brighter. colors, tastes, moods, experiences. somehow, life just seems a bit ‘more’.

  2. June 29, 2010 8:50 am

    recently, my favorite thing about summer (or at least the first thing i thought of) is quite mundane. cold brewing coffee in a french press at night and pouring it over ice and milk in the morning and driving to work with all the windows down just as the sun’s coming up is my favorite thing so far about this summer. ridiculous, i know.

  3. Val permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:53 am

    Your pictures and stories are so calm and lovely. Thank you! My favorite thing about summer is hanging sheets on the line to dry and that filtered late evening and early morning light….

  4. June 29, 2010 8:54 am

    I’m an American in London as well and have lived here for nearly 10 yrs. My favorite thing about summer is wandering through the parks, eating icecream and going barefoot.

  5. Liz permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:54 am

    Another lurker here, one that has been lurking for only 2 weeks :-)
    My favorite thing of summer is the free time: no homework, no classes, no worries about
    exams… Tomorrow is my last exam and then it’s the holidays!

  6. Aurélie P. permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:56 am

    So…. Hello Brian ! First comment, first try. I’m french, so excuse me ^^ (twice). Looking at your pictures is always a special moment for me, and luckily you post almost every day…
    My favorite thing about summer is to see my dad gathering fruits to make jam and marmelade, because he’ve found a real love for it and that makes me proud of him ;)

    And here is the picture I prefer in your set :

  7. June 29, 2010 8:59 am

    hello! loving these window shots!

  8. June 29, 2010 9:00 am

    hello! one day i hope to get such good film results as you do.
    my favorite thing about summer (though not original at all) right now is the longer days. means longer hours i can spend walking aimlessly around the city. :)

  9. June 29, 2010 9:04 am

    Well you can add me to the lurkers list! I love looking at all your beautiful pics. My favourite thing about summer is the beautiful fruit one can indulge in. Plump berries, juicy peaches and cooling watermelon.

  10. June 29, 2010 9:05 am

    Hello, Brian! I have also been lurking for several months and enjoying your words and photographs. So far my two favorite things about summer has been the longer light in the evenings, and all the wonderful vegetables.

  11. June 29, 2010 9:06 am

    Just recently found your blog. Enjoyed the mix yesterday and love all of your pictures.

  12. June 29, 2010 9:06 am

    my favorite things about summer: music festivals, drinks with friends on outdoor terraces, backyard bbqs under tiki lanterns, biking up the mountain then down through the cemetery at dusk, gelato, bountiful markets, bare feet (these toes like to be free)

  13. June 29, 2010 9:06 am

    sounds very good ;) favourite thing about summer… possibly afternoons at the beach, when it starts to cool down, your skin is warm and smells of sun and salty breeze. to me that’s the most intoxicating scent. and then you’re beginning to think of what to have for dinner…

  14. June 29, 2010 9:08 am

    Whoop… another lurker here. I’ve been visiting regularly since I saw your photos featured over on Kitsune Noir at the beginning of the month. Fell in love with your photographs, especially the light spotting collection in your portfolio.

    So, Hello! And, my favorite things about summer are fruit salad & picnics & cartwheels & weekends at my friends’ river-side cottage.

    Thanks for the frequent doses of inspiration :)

  15. June 29, 2010 9:14 am

    hi brian! not a lurker, but laughed that you have that organizational deficit like me, when it comes to negatives. currently procrastinating making a print for a friend, because i can’t find the negative and am too embarrassed to fess up.
    lovely breezes, here.

  16. June 29, 2010 9:15 am

    I just recently came across your blog and have been lurking everyday since. Pictures are just beautiful.

    My favorite thing about summer? The summer playlists I make while I’m driving or lounging outside by the poolside. There is a simplicity about the summer, and it correlates with the music that accompanies it.

  17. June 29, 2010 9:16 am

    Hello! I’ve been checking out your blog now for months, but this is my first comment. I really love your photos, the moments you capture and they all tell more than you could say.
    My favourite thing about summer is laying on a fresh cut grass in the warm evenings and watching the clouds passing by.

    greets from Slovenia!

  18. June 29, 2010 9:17 am

    I’m guilty of lurking. I haven’t got the attention span for words, so I like looking at images.

    My favourite thing about summer?
    Gazing at the stripes on my lawn with a glass of crisp white Sancerre.

    • June 29, 2010 5:16 pm

      I love your sentiment Andrew, except my lawn is a wild, untamed mass of grasses and weeds!
      And I share your lack of attention span – you put it so well!

  19. June 29, 2010 9:18 am

    I think I’ve said hello, once or twice, but not nearly enough. I love visiting this space each morning and seeing your beautiful photography. My favorite thing about summer is having lots of local fresh ingredients to cook with.

  20. June 29, 2010 9:19 am

    Another lurker – guilty as charged! My favorite part of summer is probably a tie between early morning runs, before things get hot and as the sun rises, and 4-H county fairs, where I can eat funnel cakes and look at all the animals :)

  21. June 29, 2010 9:21 am

    Hey Brian! Maybe I am the lucky one?!
    We’ll see. Take care. Love your photos and your blog!

  22. June 29, 2010 9:22 am

    my favorite thing about summer…hmm, probably picnics in the park outside the menil museum here in houston, followed by naps in the soft grass after eating too many strawberries. though if i were in london, the answer would probably be freshly-made lemonade at borough market and the RA’s summer show.

    keep up the great photo work.

  23. June 29, 2010 9:23 am

    Oh! A fun de-lurking task!
    My favorite thing about summer is bare legs and sandals. Today I smelled the summer rain, which is also lovely.

  24. June 29, 2010 9:28 am

    I don’t think I comment very often at all, but I love looking at your photos! They are such a nice spot of the day. Being a Floridian girl, my very VERY favorite thing about summer is eating fresh crabs on newspapers outdoors, getting shells and sea-juice everywhere, and drinking a shockingly cold beer on the side. A perfect night.

  25. Lorenzo permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:32 am

    Just watching.. Love your shots. Love the film. Keep up doing it.
    Greetings from Italy.

  26. June 29, 2010 9:34 am

    favourite thing about summer – being outside

  27. anja permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:36 am

    hey brian, another lurker here…this one´s from berlin. I don´t really remember how I found your blog, but I do like your photos a lot, so thanks heaps for sharing them here!
    And as for summer – what exactly is there NOT to love about summer? :)
    Best summer feeling that comes to mind right away – lying on the beach, almost asleep but not quite, nice breeze, background sound consisting of ocean waves and children playing, scent of sunscreen mixed with saltwater in the air…

  28. June 29, 2010 9:41 am

    yep, another delurker here. I’m moving back to London next month, and love how you see my (old) city through your lens. I also really appreciate all London foodie links :)

  29. June 29, 2010 9:41 am

    Hello Hello, I love your blog and I have been reading for quite some time.

    My favorite thing about summer is taking naps outside in the grass under some trees. A big quilt and a quiet afternoon (with two kids I don’t get much time for this anymore).

  30. helena permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:43 am

    hi brian!
    one of my favorite things about summer are the cool nights (the days are too hot in portugal). cool nights on the balcony, with good company, are very good :)

  31. Brooke Rane permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:48 am

    hey Brian—just popping in to say hello…i still have my fingers crossed, hoping i can snag a copy of your upcoming photo book of the cliff edge images you took ?! absolutely beautiful stuff.

  32. June 29, 2010 9:50 am

    my favorite thing about summer are the thunderstorms. the big electric ones that break the fever outside, give you goose bumps and rattle the windows. hope you are well!!

  33. Shilpa permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:52 am

    Another lurker. Summer time highlights are outdoor farmer’s markets, local fruits and vegetables, runs, patios and a lot more. I could go on for much longer. I love your pictures. They are a real tribute to Summer.

  34. June 29, 2010 9:52 am

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. I love your photos and am constantly inspired by them! I’m spending what I’m used to as the usual summer months in the Southern Hemisphere (Buenos Aires), and while I’m enjoying exciting football times, I miss strawberries, oh-so-much. Farmers’ market fruit is definitely my favourite thing about summer. Cheers!

  35. June 29, 2010 9:53 am

    Hi Brian
    I too am guilty of lurking,I have your blog in my Google Reader.
    I love all aspects of summer but if I had to choose just one it would be the the long sunshiny days. You can stay up late and play outside.

  36. June 29, 2010 9:54 am

    Ciao, My favorite thing this summer is new because I now have a huge wood burning oven in my backyard. So summer 2010 my favorite thing is making wood fired pizza with my 16 and 18 year old boys. We build the fire together, we make the pizzas together and then we argue over which one is better. The younger son James holds nothing back. He told me the other day I have a lot of work to do to improve the pizzas. I am grateful that they want to hang around the old man. When I was their age I couldn’t stand my parents. Ciao, Seamus.

  37. Jennifer permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:56 am

    Well, it’s about time I came out of lurk-dom and said hello! So, hello! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos and musings – incredibly inspiring! Well, of course, the longer days make summer pretty awesome. I just love sitting with my family and friends in that lingering light enjoying a cold drink or something off the grill and talking, sometimes, about a whole lot of wonderful nothing.

  38. June 29, 2010 9:58 am

    my favorite thing about summer is reaping the rewards of our garden and eating peas right off the vine with my two little ones.

  39. June 29, 2010 9:59 am

    This is so funny you are doing this today, as I literally just found your blog yesterday. I am in love with that second photo, the soft cotton of the curtains just says “summer breeze” to me…it’s very beautiful! I’ve browsed through your blog a bit and I definitely love your photography style.

    One thing I love about summer (being in Southern California) is riding my bike by the beach. The balmy breeze carries with it the mingled aromas of summertime–salt water, coconut and banana scented tanning lotion–and it’s just the best feeling! I, too, am having a bit of a love affair with summer this year. :)

  40. Michael permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:00 am

    Another lurker. My wife told you about your blog and I’ve been getting the RSS feed for a few month now.

  41. kate permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:02 am

    hey b! not a lurker, but love free photos:) miss you!

  42. Caroline permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:03 am

    Brian, hello! My first post, so I hope it’s worthwhile. I love your pictures and have definitely drawn inspiration and tips from them!

    My favorite thing about summer is the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of the bell on an ice cream truck, fresh fruit, and most importantly, the vibrant colors, from sundresses to flowers to plastic beach toys. I live in Chicago, so the city really comes alive and embraces its warm weather since our winters are so brutal.

  43. Sarah permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:04 am

    I came across your blog through “Orangette” and have loved seeing each of your new posts…I particularly like to see your Holga photographs (I have just recently gotten my own Holga and have been enjoying experimenting with it).

    In terms of my summer favorites, it is a toss up between warm evenings filled with negronis, or summer radishes! Of course…beach vacations, outdoor concerts, and beer festivals aren’t too shabby either:)

  44. June 29, 2010 10:04 am

    I am a somewhat lurker.

    But since moving from Texas to Chicago, my favorite things about summer are EVERYTHING. But the best is the amount of sunlight. I will take 5AM-8PM of daylight all year. Its so wondeful.

  45. June 29, 2010 10:08 am

    have been caught lurking. (sounds so… grimy!)

    What I’m enjoying about this summer is the way people come to life – and try to be outside as much as possible, talking to each other, soaking up the sun, reading outside, eating outside, enjoying concerts outside. Anything to be outside. I tend to go to bed early, so even when I go to sleep around 9:30…there’s still light outside and I hear the neighbors up and about..and I feel comforted by that.

    Loving your photos. Soooo much.

  46. Jillian permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:12 am

    I sent you a hello a while back, but I wanted to mention one of my favourite things about summer. I love the way each summer develops its own soundtrack in a totally organic way. I was listening to Echoes by Jenn Grant on the weekend and it brought me back to the way the summer of 2009 felt – warm nights, laughter, eating tomatoes on the patio.

  47. ella permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:18 am

    i live in minneapolis. i love summer for the long days, al fresco dining, riding my bike, sitting by the lake, growing zucchini in my backyard. living somewhere where the seasons are so drastically different really makes me appreciate the beauty of each one. i’ve been following your blog for a few months now – you capture moments so beautifully. we had a trip planned to london in april, but had to cancel because of the ash cloud, so i’m living vicariously through you!

  48. tracey permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:21 am

    hello from germany!

    as for summer, i would have to go with eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at a little cafe table on the balcony, reading the paper in the sunshine and drinking white wine. i love getting a tan, and how daylight lasts practically until 11pm. oh yes, and mojitos, too.

  49. June 29, 2010 10:27 am

    allright, then: hello!
    my favorite thing about summer (in göteborg, where I live) is going out to the sea to take a swim in the evenings, when the air is fresher and everything feels light.
    and ice cream. ice cream is a favorite on any list.

  50. June 29, 2010 10:28 am

    Good morning Brian – or whatever time it is in England. I love these summery images. My favorite thing about summer is the daylight that lingers forever.

  51. June 29, 2010 10:36 am

    So many lukers. I found early blog in early August. I couldn’t focus on anything else that day. I sent Brian an email of a quick pic I took. A little while later I received a reply. Since then I check back often and each time I do I find new and exciting inspirations. Love the new 8track mix!

  52. Rebecca m permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:43 am

    Living in New York during the summer can be sometimes overly hot, with the warmth radiating from the cement streets with every step you take but to even it out my favorite thing about summer would be:
    walking along empty streets on a breezy early morning and looking up at the awe-inspiring building around just as the sun began to rise. one can see clearly the light sliding across the brown-stones and the birds waking up all around you.
    That is a sight to see any day.

  53. June 29, 2010 10:43 am

    hi brian! you know i’m not a stranger, but i had to say i love your caveat. so true.
    my favorite thing about summer is blue skies. simple, but after 9 months of gray, there is nothing i appreciate more than some lightness and color!

  54. June 29, 2010 10:47 am

    Hi, I guess I have been lurking on and off for a few months. My favorite things about summer are early morning bike rides when the air is still crisp and cool, driving around at night with all the windows down in my car, blackberries from the farmers market, and drinking a very cold beer with friends while the sun is going down.

  55. nina permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:52 am

    hi brian, not a lurker but needed to take you up on such a generous offer — i don’t think my words will equal the beauty of one of your prints!

    for summer, it has to be food related for me, cucumber and sour cream salads, homegrown, local tomatoes, corn on the cob, and watermelon. somehow it seems a sin to me to have these at other times of the year when the flavors aren’t quite the same.

    happy tuesday to you!

  56. michelle permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:53 am

    i’ve been quietly lurking for awhile. my favorite thing about summer is lying on top of my covers with the fan on full blast, listening to the city outside my window.

  57. Erin permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:55 am

    Wow, it looks like there are a lot of lurkers! I’m a lurker over here on your blog, although not on Flickr, and always love how your images tell such lovely stories. My favorite thing about summer is getting the chance to eat outside. Whether it be holding a dripping cone of gelato while walking through Boston’s North End, having a picnic while watching an outdoor movie, or eating lunch at a sidewalk cafe, nothing says summer to me like the joy of eating outside.

    • Erin permalink
      June 29, 2010 10:56 am

      And now I’m heading over to revisit that awesome summer set!

  58. June 29, 2010 10:56 am

    My favorite thing about summer is how little adventures pop up–walking around a discovering new places, trying new foods, inventing games, things like that which always seem to happen in the summer.

  59. Susan permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:59 am

    Hi Brian. Thanks for this opportunity. It prompts me to focus on the positive aspects of the season rather than the humidity, thunderstorms, and deer flies! One of my favorite things is having a simple supper on the deck, , with the sun peeking through the trees at the top of the hill, and a chorus of birdsong as entertainment. Ahhhh…

  60. sunneschii permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:01 am

    Hi there!

    My favourite things about summer: Ice coffees and these times of the day with the first daylight in the mornings and the last daylight at night.

  61. June 29, 2010 11:05 am

    You got me! Anyway, I had fun answering your question! (sorry for the English…)

    I live in Brazil and the summer is too hot, most of the time. It’s not comfortable so, what I like more about the summer is that I just need to wait a little bit more to have the fresh autumn in my life again.

    And thanks! Your pictures is a calm and beautiful break in my day!

  62. June 29, 2010 11:06 am

    Hi there! I’ve been following your blog and beautiful pictures for some time now, and they’re a continual source of inspiration for me. You have a wonderful eye (and taste in food)!

    My favorite thing about summer? A toss up between dining al fresco for hours with friends and laying beneath the sun with no schedule or obligation in sight.

    Have a wonderful week…

  63. June 29, 2010 11:09 am

    Hi Brian! Just discovered your blog yesterday (does that count as lurker?) as I’ve been seeking out photography blogs. My favorite thing about summer is taking photos of my son and his friends playing outside (and in…) and in this very-different-from-winter-light.

  64. June 29, 2010 11:10 am

    Hi Brian! I think my favorite thing about this summer is the colors in my yard. I love to sit and watch the butterflies and bumblebees busy themselves in the flowers.

  65. June 29, 2010 11:13 am

    Hi, Brian – I’m guilty of being a long-time lurker, but I absolutely love your work! When I lived in Texas, summers were insufferably long and hot but I always looked forward to getting up at the crack of dawn every other Sunday, grabbing my camera, and hitting the backroads. My car’s A/C was often questionable, and I remember coming home half the time covered in dust from having the windows rolled down. But, there was nothing like standing on the side of the road – covered in burrs and the pavement heat seeping into my shoes – just to get the right photo.

  66. June 29, 2010 11:13 am

    Hey Brian,
    I stumbled across your blog recently. Great photos. I’ve also really enjoyed living vicariously through your recent move to London (dinner at St. John!) One of my favorite things about this Summer, so far, has been a big batch of homemade ginger ale and the first dark and stormy that followed, on the roof of my Brooklyn apt.


  67. Derek Lasher permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:19 am

    Busted! I’ve been lurking for almost a year now, and your images, taste, and words have always been an inspiration. Cheers!

  68. June 29, 2010 11:24 am

    I do so truly adore your photos … they are unfailingly gorgeous and inspiring. That said, I love about summer: longer light; g&ts on the deck; kayaking on Tomales Bay; the beach in August; California’s golden hills; backpacking the high country; soft serve icrecream.

  69. Alice permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:24 am

    Ok, ok, I’ll stop lurking. I think I found your site via Orangette. I’m a fellow Brooklynite who loves New England and finding quiet moments and spaces in our vast city. I call the hour around dusk “the purple hour” so I love the name of your blog. I love your photos and seeing London (a favorite city).

  70. June 29, 2010 11:31 am

    Hellow Brian!
    Yes, I’m one of your fans. I really like your work. They look so simple yet gorgeous and I can’t stop visiting your streams in flickr :) hope you don’t mind .
    My favorite thing during summer is only one thing, ICE CREAM. yeah, it’s too darn hot in here in south california and I really can’t enjoy the summer without ice cream.
    thanks for doing this giveaway!

  71. June 29, 2010 11:32 am

    Hello! I’m de-lurking to appease you :)

    The best thing I like about summer is the cool Delta breeze( that we get in the evenings. After baking, boiling, broiling and burning all day long in the 100+º heat in Northern CA, the breeze will roll in and chill the evening so perfectly. Lovely time to sit outside on the porch and enjoy a nice, cold beer!

  72. Vanessa Rae permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:32 am

    Hello Brian! Since I’ve been caught in the act I may as well tell you that I love visiting this space. Your photos inspire me to notice the details in the day. I love about summer: longer days, popsicles on the porch and monsoons! Thanks for sharing.

  73. June 29, 2010 11:40 am

    Brian, I’ve been lurking for at least a year now and have enjoyed every minute of it. Your photos are so, so lovely. As a dedicated jam maker, my very favorite thing about summer is the juicy abundance of fruit.

  74. June 29, 2010 11:41 am

    Ooh, a lurker–that’s me! Thanks for reminding me that when I see something awesome (like these photos) I should say something! They are truly beautiful.

    It’s hard to pick just one thing about summer that is my favorite, but when I really think about it, I realize I love the way summer makes my muscles feel: relaxed and loose and free, like the weight of summer on my shoulders is lighter than other seasons.

  75. June 29, 2010 11:43 am

    Hi, Brian! I’ve been caught as well. I’ve been visiting since last year, and I love your photos. My favorite thing about summer is the summer rains: those fast and furious thunderstorms that sweep through, as if to say, “Enough with this heat!” Then afterwards, a calm quietness as the sun peeks out and that wonderful smell of fresh rain.

  76. debbe permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:45 am

    I think I’ve commented once or twice on your posts, but I’ll do it again. I love the way that you put your photos together. They give me the sense of little snapshots of your day. You’re a very talented photographer! Summer has always been my favorite month, and I always try get a road trip or two in. I love the long drives, the destinations, the chance of photographing something new.

  77. June 29, 2010 11:52 am


    I think my favourite thing about Summer might be that first smell of barbecue. It always hits me early on in the season and reminds me how much I love the summer and always gets me excited.
    I’ve been a visitor here since you were posted on Kitsune Noir. I think you’re stuff is great and always an inspiration.

    Best wishes,

    Philip from Dublin

  78. June 29, 2010 11:54 am

    That was the most gentle, subtle request I’ve ever seen for lurkers to come out of the closet! How lovely.

    I’m a big fan, you inspire me daily, and I now have to go find a way to take some photos of the breeze.

    Thanks for your work –

    Sarah from Virginia

  79. June 29, 2010 12:08 pm

    Hm… favorite things about summer: ripe melons and tomatoes, sandals, and snow cones. :)

  80. June 29, 2010 12:18 pm

    hi there,

    this morning as i biked to work i was thinking that i wanted to stop lurking about here and say hello. what a lovely coincidence! i’ve enjoyed your photos and blog for awhile now. your london photos make me nostalgic for my time living in east london…something about the way you capture the light there makes my heart hurt a bit. i hope you are enjoying your first summer in the UK. it’s hot in brooklyn and i’m most enjoying warm nights, cold coffee on my fire escape, early morning walks with my dog, and the scents of impromptu barbecue parties wafting their way into my apartment.

    thanks for sharing these bits of your life!

  81. Amanda permalink
    June 29, 2010 12:20 pm

    I only just found your blog in the last week or two, but I love it already!

    My favorite thing about summer (even though I say I hate this season.. I”m more of a cold weather person) is the wonderfully warm evenings. I do love the feeling of a summer night.

  82. June 29, 2010 12:25 pm

    “Lurk” is such an unattractive word, isn’t it? Ah well. I guess I have been. Lurking, that is.

    So hello there, Brian. I think I first found your site through Molly Wizenberg’s (she has been and remains my culinary hero) and have been a dedicated lurker ever since. I love your photographs and musings. And as for summer, I adore the farmers markets and the bounty of fresh produce they bring.

  83. Candice permalink
    June 29, 2010 12:53 pm

    Hi. I look at your blog almost every day because I just love your pictures. My favorite thing about summer is the produce — especially peaches and raspberries (the king and queen of fruit!). It’s so wonderful to go to a farmer’s market and come home with lucious fruit and vegetables. Makes me feel healthy and virtuous!

    Hope you are having a wonderful summer over there in London — my absolute favorite city in the world.


  84. June 29, 2010 12:58 pm

    Well, hello!

    I can’t remember how I found your blog but I’ve been following it for quite a while now. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in London, so I really like your photos from there.
    I think my favorite thing about summer is the way the days feel endless (and summer days kind of are here in Scandinavia), all filled with sun and happiness.

  85. June 29, 2010 1:02 pm

    I absolutely love your blog and your photos have inspired me to pull back out my film cameras. Currently my favorite thing about summer is eating fresh snap peas off the vine – and the smell of my tomato plants as I water them and watch them grow and grow. Laying in the sun reading isn’t bad either.

    These three photos are so beautiful and make me so excited for the summer.

  86. June 29, 2010 1:10 pm

    Berries and stone fruits. Falling asleep on a dock while listening to the sound of waves lapping at the shore. Long days. The smell after it rains. The way my skin feels after spending a day outdoors. Laundry dried on the line. Pie. Evenings shared with friends. Watching the sunset over Lake Michigan. Driving the back roads with the windows down and the radio on. Reading in a hammock or lawn chair. There are a lot of things I like about summer. And it isn’t even my favorite season.

  87. June 29, 2010 1:11 pm

    Hi Brian! My favorite thing about summer is long drives into the countryside and the sound of crickets at dusk. The song “Green Arrow” by Yo La Tengo captures this experience perfectly.
    Thanks for the great inspiration! You’re the best.

  88. Clea permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:16 pm

    Great idea, pulling us out of our comfort zones. I wish I remembered how I came across your blog a few months back, but all I know is that lurking has been an enjoyable part of all of my days since. My favourite part of summer is having the time to explore – whether that means a road trip with close friends to a new city, or just finding new gems wherever you call home; a used bookstore, a new local band, or a tire swing in a quiet park. Thank you for all your inspiration!

    Clea from Canada

  89. taryn permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:18 pm

    i’ve only been lurking for a few weeks so i don’t feel too too bad, although i do feel kind of bad that it took me so long to find this place. anyway, my favorite part of summer is the evening when the heat starts fading from the day and it’s the perfect time to be outside for a barbecue, a drink, or anything really.

  90. June 29, 2010 1:18 pm

    I cross my fingers for this gorgeous first picture. x

  91. Samantha Cuccaro permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:20 pm

    A big juicy heirloom tomato, still warm from the sun. Doesn’t get better than that!

  92. gia permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:22 pm

    i have been checking in almost every day for the past couple of months to infuse some magic into the work day and to gain inspiration. so… thank you brian!

  93. Val G permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:45 pm

    Hi Brian, have been following your lovely blog almost from the beginning. My favorite thing about the summer has to be running bear foot with my 2 sons, kicking a soccer ball in the Sheeps Meadow in Central Park.

  94. Jessica permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:52 pm

    I think your eye for the beauty in everyday life is breathtaking. My favority thing about summer is soaking in the sun by a refeshing pool with great food and cool friends.

  95. alison permalink
    June 29, 2010 1:54 pm favorite thing about summer is that i finally have the excuse to experiment with home-made vegan ice cream flavors. cinnamon avocado is my favorite so far :)

  96. June 29, 2010 1:56 pm

    My daughter and I lurk quietly watching your blog. She just went to London for work and checked your blog to see where you talked about so she could go to those places too. We like the breath of fresh air we get from watching where you go – we are in Michigan and things are rather uncertain these days. Thanks for lifting our spirits.

  97. June 29, 2010 1:59 pm

    love these photos, brian!
    my favorite thing is drinking cold beers outside while enjoying delicious food. oh, and making smores.

  98. June 29, 2010 1:59 pm

    i love :: s’mores, the light in the mornings, nick drake + joe purdy, old movies late at night, sam adams summer ale, gold polish on my toes, singing “dream a little dream of me” while driving around with the windows down, daisies + daylilies + clematis, concerts, corn on the cob, freckles on the bridge of my nose…

    xo Alison

  99. June 29, 2010 2:17 pm

    hello brian.
    wow. so many comments here!
    at first i only wanted to write here that I love these photos but then I read that about your giveaway so I’m joining this. (and hoping i’ll win, of course:)
    i don’t know if you know me, i’m watching and browsing your flickr photostream a lot and i’m really glad every time when you leave me a comment, because i really love your photos. (and i don’t mean this as a cliche)
    i wrote what i love about summer here a few days ago. i really love summer.

  100. June 29, 2010 2:25 pm

    Have been lurking for a while now, and must say that your photos were the fundamental inspiration I had to finally make the documentary of the city that I love:
    (i suck at taking pictures. i’m no photographer, not aspiring to be one. i like to tell stories).

    the best about the summer is probably berlin. well, for me, it is.

  101. June 29, 2010 2:34 pm

    my favorite thing about summer? having an excuse to always have my ice cream maker bowl ready in the freezer. most recently to make a chocolate cherry greek frozen yogurt.

  102. June 29, 2010 2:55 pm

    wow, how many people here!
    my favourite thing about summer are cherries, and apricots, and warm evenings.
    i like your photos a lot, and they get better and better i think; lovely and calm and such an inspiration. thanks for that!

  103. June 29, 2010 3:03 pm

    i’ve said hello before but i can’t pass up the chance of getting one your photos. my favorite thing about summer is the great energy you can feel in the air. especially in a place like chicago, maybe because our winters are so long and hard. the city really comes alive in the summer.

  104. Mikki permalink
    June 29, 2010 3:05 pm

    A proud lurker from Florida. My favorite thing about summer has to be riding my bike to the lake to dangle my feet in the water while eating a clementine.

  105. June 29, 2010 3:06 pm

    Hello, Brian. I posted one time a while ago, but for the most part, as many of the other readers declared themselves, I, too, am a long-time lurker and admirer. I wish I could tell you articulately how much I respect and like your style and vision but the best I can say is this: when I first happened upon your site some time in late 2009, your images gave me goosebumps.
    What do I love about summer… I love that it consumes all my senses in the best ways possible: warm air on my bare skin; heirloom tomatoes so sweet and flavorful they can be eaten straight from the vine; flowers alive with vibrant color; the sounds of crickets, cicadas, and birds back for the season; the smell of freshly cut grass.

  106. amanda permalink
    June 29, 2010 3:50 pm

    I think it’s the light I love most. It fills the days right up, and makes everything look more magical. When it’s 9 pm in July, and I’m still out in my garden picking basil, I’m truly happy.

  107. June 29, 2010 3:51 pm

    love these photos!!
    my favorite thing(s) about summer: how the streets and beaches come alive, sandals and shorts and sunburn, enjoying a warm sunset with drinks and good company! (these are just a few favorites but i can go on and on)

  108. June 29, 2010 3:57 pm

    Hi there, Brian! I’ve been checking into your blog almost daily since I discovered it a few weeks ago. I love your photography and really enjoy seeing bits of your adventures in London–I hope to live there someday, and might actually be moving there in January. My favorite thing about summer is probably laying on the beach ’til it’s so hot I can’t stand it anymore, then going for a swim in the ocean, and then letting the sun dry my wet skin and hair. I’m hoping this June Gloom in Santa Barbara subsides so I can enjoy some sweet beach days soon.

  109. June 29, 2010 4:00 pm

    I have most definitely been lurking around for a few months, I really adore your photos. And your portrayal of London is just beautiful (I’m hoping to go to school there someday). My favorite thing about summer would have to be going on long hikes in the mountains and camping by lakes… or swimming in the sun and fresh water… I guess really just being outside in the sun and the woods.

  110. Sam permalink
    June 29, 2010 4:00 pm

    my children’s sandy bare feet

  111. June 29, 2010 4:16 pm

    I’ve been lurking for a number of months now.Found you via the one and only Hannah Huffman. And I could not possibly begin to pick just ONE favorite thing about summer. I always prefer favorites in sets of threes. Therefore 1) Cooking w/ ingredients from my first very own garden full of veggies and herbs; 2) the new Christoper Elbow ice cream shop Glace which has flavors like fleur de sel and salted pretzel and cilantro-lime-sorbet; and 3) leisurely bike rides.

  112. Claire permalink
    June 29, 2010 4:35 pm

    Hi, I’ve been subscribing to your blog for a while now. Love taking a sneaky look at your beautiful photos when I’m supposed to be working. Favourite things about summer include long evenings, bare feet, time to read, summer rain. I could go on but you get the idea.

  113. Julie permalink
    June 29, 2010 4:47 pm

    Hi Brian. I’ve been visiting your blog for awhile now and love the light and feeling you capture everytime I stop in. I’m loving summer now as I’m sure most everyone is and my favorite thing is the warmth of the long days that lingers into the night.

  114. Pillar Box Post permalink
    June 29, 2010 4:59 pm

    Hello Brian…I’m also American and live in London and found your site through ughm…another one? hah I don’t remember but have been enjoying your shots for the past few months….annnnnd my favorite thing about summer is just having one if I’m in London, or preferably the smell and light in the evening. OOOh or a thunderstorm!

  115. Dave Snow permalink
    June 29, 2010 5:01 pm

    My favorite summer moment. Sitting in an Adirondack chair on my front porch in LA. It’s 8:30ish and the evening light is bright but fading quickly. The skyline slips quickly into silhouette — branches of the huge old chinaberry, then the telephone poles and lines and the city beyond — all sharp black shapes against the glowing azure sky. The Labradors, Digby and June, lay prone at my feet, stealth and alert, scanning the quiet for clues of squirrels or crows. The tall, lean boy who runs all over the neighborhood with his dog glides by almost silently, just the ting-ting-ting of the dog’s tag against its leash gives them away. Two houses up the hiss of Rainbirds coming to life and finding their rhythm. ch ch ch ch ch. tat tat tat tat tat. ch ch ch ch ch. The old man in the house on the corner switches on his bathroom light, a soft amber glow through frosted glass. He’ll be in bed soon. The slowest hour of the day.

  116. June 29, 2010 5:02 pm

    I’ve commented a couple of times, but I’ll do it again :) I’m Michelle – I don’t remember how I found your blog, but your photos have been inspiring me to enjoy my summer even more. I think my favorite thing about summer is being able to leave the lights off for hours and hours because the sun shines all day long.

  117. Penny permalink
    June 29, 2010 5:25 pm

    Yep, another lurker here. I lived in the UK for years and I have LOVED living vicariously through your blog as you discover how fantastic that great city is.

    I’m in Australia and it’s getting chilly now (mid-winter so all the way down to 15oC), so I’m dreaming of summer. The Bondi to Bronte walk, Sculpture by the Sea, picnics and weekend trips to the beach. If I was still in London, I’d say dinner in a gastro pub garden, picnics in Richmond Park that last all day, long walks by the river.

  118. June 29, 2010 5:31 pm

    I know I am a frequent commenter…..but, that’s because I think you and your photos are pretty rad, so, there you go. There are many things I love about summer-all the fabulous produce that’s available and what little work you have to do to make a great dish, taking a stroll at night and seeing all the fireflies and hearing the persistent hum of all the cicadas/grasshoppers/etc, big burly loud thunderstorms, frozen grapes, pimms cups, and breezy bike rides

  119. June 29, 2010 5:40 pm

    Only one favorite thing? Ah! Okay, fireflies and laughter on a summer night.

  120. June 29, 2010 5:40 pm

    Hello! I love your spirit– the graceful optimism and generous aestheticism that touches all of your tastes and creative endeavors.

    My favorite things about Summer are warm evenings and children laughing and tomatoes.

  121. victoria permalink
    June 29, 2010 5:41 pm

    Hello, Brian.

    The only thing I consistently love about summer is the sunshine. Living in a hot, humid place makes me dread summer a bit. Summer cocktails are always nice though.

  122. Adam permalink
    June 29, 2010 5:52 pm

    Swedish guy, works as a barista. Love all sorts of design, music, food and friends. Kind a like you :)

    Anyway, favorite things about summer:
    Spontaneous ideas, long breakfast and long nights.
    Free feets without socks.
    BIG windows and BIG loads of fresh air.

    btw. your photos would fit prefectly in my new apartment!

    Take care/


  123. June 29, 2010 5:56 pm

    It’s winter here at the moment, but I wish that summer was back again already! My favourite things about summer are riding my bicycle around with my friends, having a cider in the park, going to the rooftop cinema, picnics in the backyard, flying my kite and going barefoot!
    Your photos are really lovely by the way.

  124. marni permalink
    June 29, 2010 6:17 pm

    i just discovered this site a week ago! i love the freshness of your photography…!!!!
    fresh and new, that’s what i love about summer :)

  125. June 29, 2010 6:20 pm

    hi, brian!

    flip flop tan marks on my feet and freckles on my cheeks.
    iced tea made in the sun and thick slices of tomato with salt.

  126. June 29, 2010 6:47 pm

    as hard to admit as it is, i won’t deny that i have been one of those individuals who have been lurking within your blog over the past six months or so. every time you post a track listing of music you’ve been ‘digging’ i have to download them all. i love your taste in tunes and find myself equally in love with your photography. i keep a blog and muddle about with a camera but haven’t saved up enough for a decent one yet… if that’s at all an excuse.
    i have loved your latest posts and the lighting in your shots around your flat and in london. you are extremely talented and i can only aspire to create such lovely images. i dabble in the blog world with my own blog which i would love for you to check out:

    enough rambling. summer always reminds me of the crystal clear lake i grew up in near bracebridge, ontario, canada. the sound of the waves lapping up against the rocks along the shorelines while lazing around on the end of the dock with a good book and a cold drink is always a favourite past-time.
    hope you’re enjoying your summer thus far in london. would love to visit that city one day and try all the great spots you’ve eaten at.
    keep up the blogging so that you give i have something to look forward to every day!



  127. June 29, 2010 7:00 pm

    I comment pretty regularly.. still, hello! I adore your photographs…and your recipes….and your aesthetic in general.

  128. June 29, 2010 7:54 pm

    All right, all right. I suppose if you bribe me, I have to comment. I love your blog, and am living vicariously through you, hoping that someday, after I graduate from Michigan Law, I may be able to take photos as lovely as yours.
    Great music mixes, by the way.

  129. June 29, 2010 7:57 pm

    I’m mostly a lurker. Not that I don’t like leaving comments (and receiving comments, too), but anyway. My favorite thing about summer is when the nights (in Boston) get cool enough that the breeze raises goosebumps. It’s best when this moment comes on the heels of a 90+ degree day.

    Hope you’re enjoying London and your travels and such. Many of us back Stateside are very jealous and appreciating vicarious European adventures.

  130. June 29, 2010 8:12 pm

    Another Aussie delurking!!!!
    In Summer I love the beach and the first mango of the season. Oh and time the days are longer the nights are lighter and everything is okay even if you are running late, because it’s Summer.
    I am swooning on your window shots, I have such a love for window and curtain type photos!

  131. sean permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:28 pm

    i’ve been meaning to contact you, but was hesitant at first; mostly shy. my friend and i will be in london the first three days of august, and i was curious if you could make any recommendations on places to visit, eat, see etc. your images always seem to always capture what i want to see.

    it seems as if your summer is going well, and i hope it continues to. take care,

  132. June 29, 2010 8:42 pm

    Hi Brian – I’ve been following your blog for a while now and have really been inspired by the way you work with film. Lately I’ve barely touched my digital camera, although I always find it hard to explain to other people why it is that I bother shooting film when it’s more expensive and unpredictable (maybe that’s my answer there). My favourite thing about summer is easy: the long, long days.

  133. June 29, 2010 9:05 pm

    Hi Brian. It’s been a while since I commented, but I look for your posts each morning during my tea break. They’re like taking a desk-based vacation – thank you!

    My favourite thing about summer is that it’s picnic season. There’s not much better than spreading a blanket on the grass in the dappled shade and sharing a summertime feast with my friends.

    Have a good day.

  134. Stephanie permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:21 pm

    Hi Brian,

    I’ve been following your blog for about a few months or so and I love your photos – they really convey the beautiful simplicity of each moment… moments that are easily overlooked or missed in the busyness of everyday life. When I see your photos, I always appreciate life a bit more after :). Thanks.

    My favourite part of summer would be sitting outside in the shade when its warm (no breeze) and reading my favourite book until I finish it while eating chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.

  135. Alexandra Liu permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:28 pm

    Hey from Shanghai. The first thing i do in the morning is checking your blog and enjoying the beautiful photos. It is always a good start of the day.
    My favorite thing about summer is drinking cold beer while watching outdoor live gigs. Enjoying spiked milkshakes along Suzhou creek. Looking for new coffee shops in town and enjoying some nice coffees and cupcakes:)

    Have a great summer, Brain.

  136. June 29, 2010 9:55 pm

    I have been reading your blog for some time now, and I always enjoy seeing how you capture daily life on film. Your photo series on Berlin made me dearly miss one of my favorite cities :).

    What I love about summer… Late night bike rides through the city and bustling farmer’s markets. Also, I live in Seattle and summer is so short here I feel like all the best things of the season overwhelm you at once, causing everyone to be in high spirits.

  137. June 29, 2010 10:06 pm

    Just recently found your blog, but love what I’ve seen so far. Super dreamy.

    What I love about summer: the long days, walks after dinner once it’s cooled down, and the string of grand slam tennis tournaments.

  138. gretchen hayhurst permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:14 pm

    I too have been lurking for a few months and enjoying the other blogs you recommend.
    I am enjoying the summer weather in London through your blogs and from the photos I see on Flickr from my friends in SE London. Seems London is having the summer we normally get and we are having a normal London summer here in the Pacific NW.
    My favorite thing about summer: going barefoot in the wet grass, long warm summer nights, and frozen strawberry daquris. This summer my favorite things are the World Cup and my London friends visiting.

  139. Christina permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:33 pm

    Hi Brian,

    I stumbled upon your blog about eight months ago via Orangette, and I’ve fully enjoyed reading every one of your posts since then! Your pictures of things I would normally pass by (such as road signs, restaurant windows, etc.) help me approach my photography in new ways.

    My favorite part of summer: sitting outside in the grass, reading with abandon, letting time pass me by as if I haven’t a care in the world.

  140. June 29, 2010 10:53 pm

    out of the woodwork i come.. . hi brian! I have been admiring you blog since last fall. I credit you with being one of the folks to inspire me to pick up my film camera again. many thanks! that soon turned into a little photo blog of my own

    i love your home food shots, they reminds me of my childhood. my dad is british and we had those lovely white plates with the green stripes. something so comforting about seeing the making of jammie toast and that plate.

    my favorite thing about summer is warm twilight, when the city seems to be humming with activity just before the night begins. it’s like you can breathe in the energy.

    well, have a great summer! can’t wait to see where it takes you next.
    xx ab

  141. June 29, 2010 11:12 pm

    woah! so many comments later….i love the monsoons here in india. in the city, in the countryside, the insanity of the wild sea. et al. but about summers…i love sailing and chilled watermelons.

  142. June 29, 2010 11:22 pm

    My wife and I have a fig tree in our front yard that produces more fruit than we know what to do with each summer. Giving batches of fresh figs away to friends is one of my favorite things about summer.

    Cheers from Nashville!

  143. June 30, 2010 12:02 am

    hey brian! i just found your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading it avidly. i’m a photographer myself, and i love seeing your work every week. i really hope i get one of your prints!!


  144. kara permalink
    June 30, 2010 12:03 am

    caught! caught. yes, i’m a lurker. what can i say. i really enjoy your photos.

    personally, i love the late light in the summer. even better after a tiny sunburn and a shower, with ice in a glass.

  145. June 30, 2010 12:30 am

    Hello! Delurker here lured out by the faint promise of one of your prints…

    Well I’m from a tropical country so it’s warm and humid all year round. We never have to wait in anticipation for the sun like you guys do!

  146. Brooklyn_Friend permalink
    June 30, 2010 1:11 am

    Hi Brian: I’m a lurker as well. Ever since I’ve found your blog, I’ve wondered where you used to live in Brooklyn (I live off the Q going towards Coney Island). I love your photographs and it has made me want to take my own pictures (although I haven’t done it – might help if I actually started CARRYING a camera, huh?).

    I’m not much of a summer fan since I was a formerly a snowman in a past life.

    You know how it can get in the city – the past couple of days have been BRUTALLY HOT! I’ve been hiding out in air conditioning as much as possible. But if I had to pick a favorite thing about summer, it would have to be the abundance of fresh produce: bright green stalks of asparagus, dark mouth watering bing cherries, bright red strawberries lined up in a box, mangos so ripe you can smell them in the air….

    But I personally love autumn with the clear cloudless days, the crunch of falling leaves, a nip in the air and the smell of the burning wood (okay, the last one, I have to go upstate to my parents place to get). Pulling on sweaters and drinking hot chocolate, snuggling with a good book. :)

  147. Eveline permalink
    June 30, 2010 2:03 am

    Lurkers unite! Here’s another one from Belgium.

    My favorite thing about summer? The way the world seems to be blooming. Everything appears to be fully open: flowers and people, shoes, the hearts of strangers, my own heart. But then just as we’ve gotten the taste of summer – our lips are still wet with watermelon – autumn is already there. It’s a sad thing summer must end, but at least we will always have our memories. Reminiscing is perhaps one of the best things about summer – although it’s technically an after-effect.

    What I also love about summer is that it inspires you to take such beautiful summer film stills. ;-) They add a wonderful aesthetic touch to the reminiscing.

    And then suddenly autumn is there – so beautiful – and then winter. Followed by spring – oh, how I delight in spring! And then summer’s already back again. It’s a wonderful cycle indeed. I love the alteration of the seasons; the variation in it, but also the regularity of it. And always the different kinds of light.

    (Well, I just hád to teach you all about the seasons, for I was sure you had never heard about autumn, winter or spring before. :))

    Keep up the wonderful blog!
    Kind regards from across the Channel.
    (You must visit Ghent someday, if you haven’t already done so.)

  148. June 30, 2010 2:08 am

    best part about summer is somewhere between falling asleep to the sound of a distant thunderstorm or a ripe watermelon eaten at it’s peak. :)

  149. June 30, 2010 2:22 am


    Everyday life is beautiful through your pictures. I love the warm, bright summer nights here where it’s dark and cold most of the time. They keep me alive.

  150. June 30, 2010 3:02 am

    Funny, I was just thinking about this last night. I think my favorite thing about summer is bike-riding at dusk, with a warm breeze all around me and my dress fluttering behind me, the sky going purple above and this weird sound that’s sort of half-human, half-netherworld winking about.

  151. June 30, 2010 3:08 am

    hey there. One of the best things about summer is wearing a swimsuit all the time!

  152. Meg permalink
    June 30, 2010 3:09 am

    hello brian :)
    I am one of the quiet lurkers, from Australia so it is winter here, and I am wishing (o so much) for summer. One of the best things about summer is the amazing apricot gelato I eat on the way to the beach, from a great Italian place just around the corner from my home. Also I have begun/joined a tradition of traveling to India in our summer, I’m going for the third time this november :)

    Can I also say, I dig your music mixes and (somewhat embarrassingly) I have recently taken to shooting my lunch photos in either Brian-style (across the table, showing food and my eating companion from the shoulders down) or molly-style (just the food, sometiems half-finished, from directly above with bright flash).

    so… happy summer!!! x

  153. June 30, 2010 3:12 am

    my favourite thing about summer… the longer evenings.

  154. June 30, 2010 3:56 am

    You know about me, but I ALWAYS love your blog, and your recommendations. I love your blog because it is about my favourite things – London and food :) I hope to hang out soon, sometime when I’m back… are you around in the autumn?

  155. June 30, 2010 4:03 am

    oh gosh, i’m a lurker too, just found your blog recently, love your images of my city and your tunes.

    london is amazing when the sun is out, long days, alfresco living and the light of the magic hour.

    thanks for extending the invite to say hi, it’s seems you have got everyone saying hello. x.

  156. Daniel permalink
    June 30, 2010 4:23 am

    jeez, 160 comments!
    what i love about summer? meeting friends in one of berlin’s parks in the evenings, drinking a cold beer and smoking american spirits. and some nice music in the background.

    love your blog, my favorites are the berlin posts;) would love you to come again here and post about it;-)

  157. June 30, 2010 5:15 am

    Hurrah! I’ve commented a couple of times, but always feel a bit silly. Must comment today though if there is a possibly of a pretty photograph on the go. Summer….my favorite thing is the thick golden sunshine you get in the evenings. Mmmm….

  158. June 30, 2010 5:19 am

    My favourite thing about summer is going out of the door, just as you are, no shoes, no jacket, maybe sunglasses. Being able to sleep with the window wide open. Picking strawberries. Swimming in lakes.

  159. June 30, 2010 6:32 am

    another lurker indeed. i like the way you bring out the beauty in simple things and moments.
    my favourite thing about summer is the light and the long warm nights that pose no limits to what you can do. this summer, i am glad to be home in portugal, and to enjoy hot, hot sunny days, and hope to smell the sea breeze quite soon. i miss a swim in the sea, and long days on the beach and picnics in the pine woods, and those will be the best things this summer.

  160. June 30, 2010 6:49 am

    another lurker! your film photography makes me ache to pick my non-digital cameras back up every time i look at a shot. hi!

  161. Pen permalink
    June 30, 2010 7:13 am

    Hi there.. I have commented once before, but I really enjoy your photos. My sister is in London at the moment, though she has said that has been warm, I think she spoke too soon as apparently it’s raining now. Summer for me means long sunny days, a warm breeze and driving with the windows down. It’s winter where I am at the moment so it’s rather cold.

  162. June 30, 2010 7:16 am

    i think i may have commented before—at the very least we’ve emailed—but i do spend a good amount of time lurking, so i’ll come out. i live in wellfleet and write & photograph & make radio shows about local food. loved the photographs of your visit, and the book—i got it for two friends who moved far away.

  163. June 30, 2010 7:49 am

    anther lurker here. at the moment my favorite part of summer is the sun… it´s just come out about 2 days ago. it was a looong winter:)
    p.s. thanks for the giveaway.

  164. June 30, 2010 7:59 am

    My uber-practical favorite part about summer is not having to wear a coat to work. I also love growing my own salad veggies in summer. Nothing beats homegrown lettuce and tomatoes still warm from the sunshine.

  165. June 30, 2010 8:07 am

    best part of the summer: when you still have sand in your wallet and happen to stumble upon it while on a business lunch on a rainy October day. Works just as fine with the forgotten breakfast receipt from the Brüsselerplatz café from your Cologne vacation.
    makes you feel like a million.

  166. June 30, 2010 8:09 am

    hello brian,
    i’m also a lurker and just wanted to thank you for giving us an opportunity to unlurk :)
    my favorite part about summer… cold beer in day light, a welcome breeze at night, and the fireworks in tokyo
    please do continue to take your beautiful photos and share to the world!

  167. Indigo permalink
    June 30, 2010 8:29 am

    Hey, Brian.
    I found your site through, she linked to a photo of yours once and I fell in love with everything you take. I’m from a little village in the north-west of England, so London is a bit of a mythical beast to me, and I love the eccentricities and the details and little things you point out.
    But I’ve always been too shy to say so.

    What I love about summer, by the way, are the evenings. When the light is soft and drawn out, and it’s quiet and not too hot. When you’re in your car at nine pm and it’s still light, and you feel like sure, you could go home, but you could also keep driving into the sunset, as long as you wanted.

  168. June 30, 2010 8:31 am

    Hello! Haven’t said that before, but here it is now, for all to see on the internet.
    I love what you do, I got to know your work through flickr, but I’m glad I found your blog as well. Your photos make the world seem so breezy and good!
    Okay, what I like the most about summer. I really really like that first day of real summer, when you can finally cycle in shorts or skirt and NO jacket on, that’s a bit like heaven. Oh and also the fact that I’m suddenly happy again! I particularly like the summer evening/nights, you know with good people, good food, good wine and all that. Or picknicks. And also the freckles some people get on their faces, and the way everyone seems to loosen up a bit. And the fact that the light in the summer is so awesome for making photos.
    Well, there’s lots of things, can’t really choose one thing I guess ;)

    Have a lovely day,

    A lucky gal (I hope!)

  169. June 30, 2010 8:34 am

    have had you in my google reader for months now. good stuff. favorite summer thing? tough, but maybe being able to take a minimalist approach to my body. no deodorant. no shoes.

  170. June 30, 2010 8:51 am

    Hi:) My favorite thing of summer is few hours in the evening when the sun goes down little by little and all around looks different, smells different. I escape from home to enjoy those moments outdoors and I wish those moments last forever. Yeap… evening walks is the best part of my summer.

  171. Jean Prescott permalink
    June 30, 2010 9:28 am

    I’m gonna opt out of the giveaway, since you’ve been generous with your replies for quite some time…since before London…but I do have a summer high: Creole tomatoes. They’re my favorite things about summer. They are to die for thickly sliced, still warm from the garden with salt, pepper and a slosh of balsamic vinegar. Actually, any meaty, minimally juicy tomato will do, since I’m betting Creole tomatoes can be hard to come by in the UK. Love your photos but also your music links…quite a lot in fact.

  172. June 30, 2010 10:39 am

    As usual, great shots. It’s midwinter here in Johannesburg, but these photos give me an almost tangible sense of summer (poignant too, because I much prefer the sun and warmth).

  173. Mimi permalink
    June 30, 2010 11:11 am

    Hi, Brian. I’ve subscribed to The Blue Hour for a few months now.

    My favorite thing about summer is feeling like I’m playing hooky when running everyday errands. Visiting a store that’s a little further away to extend the outing a bit, contemplating different purchases than usual, adding a small treat to the usual sensible items, taking the long way home from the shops to enjoy the shade of different trees (and maybe an ice cream cone, why not?). Summer is especially conducive to this sort of behavior. A close second is Shakespeare performed outdoors all over the city. Whether at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park or a parking lot in the LES, summer means Shakespeare.

    That is, unless it’s sweltering hot (I’m in Brooklyn, which — as you may recall — hosts many truly unforgiving summer days!) when my favorite thing about summer is iced coffee, iced tea, the shaded side of the street, and cool showers.

  174. June 30, 2010 11:34 am

    i love your photos/blog! so lovely, always
    my favorite thing about summer.. the way that night and day blend together in a carefree lovely way. the days are long and full of sun and the nights full of laughter

  175. June 30, 2010 12:00 pm

    Not technically a lurker, since I’ve commented once or twice before. My favourite thing about summer is the smell of warm skin, in the crook of a beloved’s elbow.

  176. rodi permalink
    June 30, 2010 12:18 pm

    Hey Brian! Your mixes on 8track have provided me with a new obsession… so thank you for that. Also your pictures provide a nice getaway from the stacks of papers about nutrient stoicheometry that litter my desk at present. My favorite thing about summer is laying in the sun on a slab of Texas limestone until you don’t think you can stand it anymore and then running/diving into the water… really my favorite thing is that the cold is a surprise every time.

  177. June 30, 2010 1:22 pm

    I’m a new fan of yours – I want to live in your photos!

  178. Courtney permalink
    June 30, 2010 1:36 pm

    Some of my favorite summer things are evening bike rides, taking my dog swimming, farmers markets and watching fireflies.

  179. Sarah permalink
    June 30, 2010 1:50 pm

    The best part of summer, as a New Yorker, is the absense of coats/scarfs/mittens/hats/boots in our lives. In a city where you tote your belongings around all day on foot, its so freeing to simply throw on a dress and grab a light bag to head to dinner or a bar or even a store without knocking everyone over in your wake. In the summer we are all so much less… clunky. Yes, the lack of clunkiness– that is my favorite summer thing :)

  180. June 30, 2010 2:38 pm

    Guilty! I don’t know why I’m so bad about lurking and never commenting, but alas. I’ve been quietly reading along and thoroughly enjoying your photos (and your 8tracks mixes!) for a long time now.

    I don’t have just one favorite thing about summer, but among the many (many) things I love, in no particular order: sunshine, cherries, warm evenings, long hours of daylight, gardening, full days offline, dinners for a week or more without ever leaving the garden…

  181. June 30, 2010 2:45 pm

    hello Brian! my favorite part of summer is sun-ripened tomatoes, cut into slices, sprinkled with a generous dash of salt and pepper, and eaten with a smear of goat cheese on a slice of fresh baguette.

  182. Adrian permalink
    June 30, 2010 2:55 pm

    Hello! I love your blog…the pictures are so beautiful, and tell stories quite effortlessly. My favorite things about summer seem to be endless, but one of them has to be picking berries from a bush and eating them straight away.

  183. June 30, 2010 3:00 pm

    hi brian – thanks for sharing your photos with us all.
    i love plucking cherry tomatoes from the vine and popping them in my mouth while they are still warm from the sun. catching fireflies is pretty fun, too.

  184. janersays permalink
    June 30, 2010 3:12 pm

    Hi Brian! I love your blog, it always managing to make me feel happy.Hmm…favorite thing about the summer is that everyone is a little more relaxed. I think it reminds people of their childhood, there’s a collective sweetness to summer.

  185. June 30, 2010 3:31 pm

    I have been lurking around your blog for quite some time. I really love looking at your photographs, and reading your notes. It is never disappointing.

    My favorite part about summer is… everything. I love the way it feels to wear almost no clothes, the way warm air feels against your skin when you’re riding your bike, tan lines and freckles, the salty smell of your body when you’ve been to the shore, the way the days last forever, hammocks, naps in the sun (with sunscreen on), drinks over ice, fresh fruit just picked and eating it while its still sun-warm….

  186. Nancy permalink
    June 30, 2010 3:56 pm

    I love your photos a whole lot, I have been extolling your faded London pictures to a lot of people and share them a stupid amount on Google Reader. Even put them up on my blog back in march to waffle on about the ‘appealing atmosphere’ – the saturday morning sunshine and quietness. ( :3

    My favourite thing is lying in bed at 6am in complete darkness, then waking up and whipping the curtain back while still in bed and bright light floods the room. And the curtains smell nice from the night air that’s been wafting across all night. The smell and the sunlight.

    I would genuinely love a print! Fingers crossed.

  187. June 30, 2010 4:35 pm

    brian! what a response! i love getting your photo updates. you capture London at its best and always make me see it in a new way. my favourite thing about summer? there are so many things … bbqs as the sun’s setting; warm nights with the window pushed up as high as it’ll go so a fresh breeze billows into the shade and permeates the room all night; picking fresh peppermint from the garden for tea before bed; G&Ts – just because it’s summer.

  188. June 30, 2010 4:54 pm

    I lived in London a few years ago, and your lovely pictures remind me of what it was like to be young and single and living in such a wonderful city. Now I’m married with little kids and living in Denver, so I travel vicariously through you. And your pictures are simply gorgeous!

  189. Joanna permalink
    June 30, 2010 5:21 pm

    favorite thing about summer: fireflies. also fried green tomatoes. and kites, picnics, and the taste of cold water on a hot day.

    i couldn’t pick just one!

  190. Hayley permalink
    June 30, 2010 5:26 pm

    Hello. Right now summer is popsicles, meeting new neighbors, long walks, farmer’s markets, concerts in the park, and movies at the beach. I fall back in love with my city every summer.


  191. June 30, 2010 5:38 pm

    Greetings from Santa Cruz! This is the first time in a month that I have had a spare moment to check your blog. Your photos consistently remind me of the beautiful moments in life we too often pass through, neglecting to truly live and embrace them. Thank you for slowing down to document these moments; in doing so you remind me to slow down and to live and to be present in each moment.

    A few of favorite things about summer are: farmers’ markets brimming with color and taste; the sweet scent and flavor of perfectly ripe peaches and nectarines; long evening walks in the fading sunlight; the way the pace of life seems to slow down just a hint, as though the heat is whispering for us all to rest.

    Summer blessings.

  192. June 30, 2010 5:48 pm

    i found your blog through sandra juto and instantly loved your photos!
    best thing about the summer is to jump in the sea, swim for a while and the rest on the sand under the strong sun… i love the beach!

    congratulations on your blog!

  193. June 30, 2010 6:28 pm

    How funny, I opened the page here looking forward to some of your gorgeous shots and you show one of my favourite summer moments – sheer white curtains gently moving in an open window. Espcially little windows that frame a pretty view. Beautiful!

    Especially enjoyable for me as I’m sitting here in mid-winter…

  194. Talia Flannery permalink
    June 30, 2010 7:16 pm

    Kia Ora – I often face the urge of entering the blog world. Leaving comments..
    But i do prefer to sneak around.. absorbing your beautiful pictures, thoughts and opinions!
    It is fascinating to enter another’s life for hmm 5 mins of each blog entry :) I enjoy your blog thank you.

    My summer.. Would have to be the perfume of freshly cut grass + to walk on it, barefoot. The clear blue skies that have the ability to cleanse all that is perceived :)

  195. June 30, 2010 7:39 pm

    I want to be Comment #200!!!!

    p.s. I love your blog!!!!

  196. June 30, 2010 8:00 pm

    I always enjoy reading your blog, it’s wonderful!
    I think the long nights are my favorite part of summer. I love being out late at the night with the sun still shining & the air still warm!

  197. Lin permalink
    June 30, 2010 8:36 pm

    I have loved watching your work develop. It’s a real inspiration that reminds me to enjoy the moment. Things I like about summer–I have to cheat and name two things. I *love* longer days and wonderful produce that only appear in summer!

  198. Lisa permalink
    June 30, 2010 10:18 pm

    I’m not sure if I’ve commented before, but I guess I mostly lurk. Love your blog. The words and pictures. My favorite things about summer are long days and not a chance of snow. ; )

  199. July 1, 2010 12:20 am

    hello brian! my favorite thing about summer? hmmm. my summer memories have changed since moving from northern california to the southern california coast (which feels like summer all year long practically). but definitely the long days, reading, riding my bike, and not worrying about school when i was younger. now i would have to say the long days, bbq’s, and carefree feeling people have. and all the abundant delicious fruits & veggies. :D

  200. Skwrulee permalink
    July 1, 2010 1:29 am

    Hello! Regular visitor, never spoken up before.

    My favourite summer thing is the sound of my garden after I water it, as the water seeps into the soil. Sounds odd, but hearing my plants ‘drink’ is uplifting, especially right now as their blooms are just beginning to show.

  201. Kathryn Cutler permalink
    July 1, 2010 1:46 am

    still waiting for summer here in Seattle, had a few glimpses of summer. any day now.
    I love driving barefoot.(shhh)
    I love iced coffee on a hot afternoon.
    love getting up in morning and air is same temperature as skin, can throw on shorts + t-shirt and go outside barefoot.
    love standing in the street chatting with neighbors and maybe we are wearing pajama pants but no one cares.
    outdoor tango dances.

  202. Hilde Aurora permalink
    July 1, 2010 1:56 am

    I love your photos.

    My favourite thing about summer is the sunlight and its precence all through the night.

  203. Alexis permalink
    July 1, 2010 3:13 am

    new commenter here! :)

    I’m not so much into summer here where I live, in the Philippines. It gets too oven-hot and humid. But I love vacations in general, because then I get to see friends more often, be lazy more often and general just do more of whatever I want. (reading, taking pictures, sleeping!) :)

  204. July 1, 2010 3:46 am

    Hi Brian! I’ve been coming back here every morning since I found your first Berlin post this summer through a friend. I’m from Germany, currently studying in the Netherlands, off to Sweden for half a year in August… And since my summer is a bit crazy in between all of the packing and moving and planning (not a professional traveller just yet!), your calm and peaceful pictures of the season have been a wonderful reminder of the serenity and beauty that lies in everyday things. So thank you for that! :)

    And my favorite thing about summer? Three very cliched things: evening skies, walking barefoot on hot asphalt or grass, and thunderstorms.

  205. July 1, 2010 5:02 am

    I love browsing through your blog, It makes me hope i can eat and rest and shoot all the wonderful things you do in your images. You make London feel so differnet to me in these images too, all calm and still.
    I live in Colchester, Essex. So my favourite thing about summer would be the skies, they are the most amazing skys in the East. Especially around Suffolk coast, I could literally sit for hours watching the colours change!

  206. July 1, 2010 5:53 am

    As a fellow former Brooklynite now living in London the beauty that you find in the city makes me enjoy it even more. My favorite thing about summer has always been the packages of vegetables my grandparents send me from their farm. Sadly, they are in the US, and vegetable importation laws means that I don’t get to have that one right now, but the farmers markets around town keep me satisfied for now.

  207. Jessica Picone permalink
    July 1, 2010 6:15 am

    Hi Brian!

    I love your site- your photography has such a lovely essence. I also love your music mixes. I often sit at my desk rocking out with my headphones. I love the feeling in that summer brings, and walking out of the air conditioning and into the hot air. I love outside parties that go into the night with candleholders made from wine bottles, and drinks made from cucumber and mint.

    Thank you for your beautiful work!

    Best wishes,

  208. rita permalink
    July 1, 2010 7:01 am

    Hello Brian
    I’m coming out from the shadows to let you know that I love your photography, you capture random and casual beauty and make it seem effortless. After what seemed the rainiest and coldest winter of my life, there’s not much I don’t like about summer, even when it’s 30ºC here in lisboa, like today. But I have to say the longer days are what I like most about it, when I feel that time seems to stretch.

  209. July 1, 2010 7:07 am

    Hi Brian,

    Not a lurker and have certainly said hi before – but hi anyway! And I shall add in my 2 cents in the ‘favorite thing about summer’ – has to be the nostalgic memory of the family summer beach hols and the station wagon journey from New Jersey to the Outer Banks of North Carolina….. inevitably the car would break down or the air con would go and we’d be sweating it out on the vinyl seats…. but it was all worth it for that delicious first scrunch of sand under bare feet and the first cold rushing wave….


  210. Sandy from Tasmania permalink
    July 1, 2010 7:08 am

    Thanks for passing round the hat so to speak … some evocative thoughts of summer here – sigh … only five more months to wait.

    Love the journeys portrayed, the simple beauty shown, the restful approach to life you convey in your posts.

    Tanned, sandy, salt-tanged skin and cold beer.

  211. July 1, 2010 7:17 am

    hi brian- thanks for the encouragement to de-lurk! i’m writing to you from ottawa, ontario, canada and have been an admirer of your photographs and blog for some time now. i start an intro to black and white photography course next week, which i thought funny considering your recent foray into the medium. i especially love your photos of food, and how can i forget your playlists. you’ve introduced me to some great new bands and for that i am grateful. amy

  212. July 1, 2010 7:40 am

    hello hello brian! *waving*
    i truly love reading “the blue hour” and have been coming
    back here every day! thank you for sharing your wonderful
    photos and words. they are full of little magic.
    i love the second picture of window. when i saw it, i wanted
    to reach my hand there because i almost could feel nice breezes
    through a gap in that curtains…*sigh

    my favourite things in summer is :
    – taking a nap with warm and humming blanket
    – feeling sunshine sparkling on my skin
    – fresh watermelon juice

    : )*cheers

  213. July 1, 2010 8:05 am

    Way to call out all of your lurking followers. I’m Kara from Minnesota. Summer is a huge deal around here, since summer really only lasts 2.5 months. There’s too many things I love about summer: driving barefoot with the windows down and singing (poorly) along with the radio, morning coffee on the front porch, lazy days reading at the beach, corn cooked over the grill, not wearing a jacket, drive-in movies, and letting my hair do whatever it wants. Good post, thanks for the question!

  214. Fanny permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:16 am

    Hello Brian. First, forgive the mistakes I might make, but I’m french, so…
    I discovered your blog about a week ago and I’ve been immedialtly seduced by your way to catch the life around you. Your photos are just great, and actually I can not hElp to come around here everyday now.
    My favorite thing about summer must be the feeling that we can decide to do things at the very last time: two days in Paris, a picnic on the sea side…

  215. Emily permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:24 am

    hello! i think i might have only commented once before, but i’ve been enjoying your photos and blog for the past few months (maybe longer? time is flying!)! i’ve been living in Illinois (not Chicago) for the past two years and am just now heading back in the middle of the summer to New Hampshire, not terribly far from where i grew up. i’ll miss the summer cicadas out here, but i finally get to cherish again the cool evenings, summer hikes, and trips to the rocky Maine coast. no air conditioning needed, just open those windows and for that breeze!

    thanks and cheers!

  216. July 1, 2010 8:30 am

    hi brian! well, I’ve only been reading for about a week now. you’re one of two male photographers-who-blog whose photos I really really enjoy! anyway, my name’s melly and I live in Singapore. it’s summer all-year-round where I live so at times, I wished it snowed!

  217. chiara permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:29 am

    hello brian,
    I lurke and write from treviso, italy, but I was born in venice, so one of my favourite things about summer has always been the “Festa del Redentore” (if you don’t know it, here you can see what is it), when all venetian people have dinner outside, along the canals and the “calli”, eating (and above of all drinking) together, until the midnight fireworks in front of San Marco basilica. it’s amazing! If you ever come to venice in july don’t miss it. and call me, of course :)

  218. July 1, 2010 9:32 am

    i like summer because the air sits somehow a little different and because bare feet at the beach aren’t easily beat. happy summer, brian. i’m glad it has finally reached there.

  219. July 1, 2010 9:32 am

    No better time than this one to make a formal hello! I’ve been reading, lurking and leaving a comment or two occasionally since your Flickr friends banded together to send you Bon Voyage messages on their various streams. Reading your blog while you are now in London lets me see the things that I didn’t get to see when I was there for a short visit last year.

    I’ve got two favourite things about summer. One is going out at night and the warmth is still lingering in the air…it’s nice enough that you can go out at night without a jacket. The other is being able to take photos in natural light longer and later, especially beautiful at magic hour.

  220. Marie permalink
    July 1, 2010 10:42 am

    well, hello from Paris,

    I guess i found your blog through the glass doorknob, must have been quite a while ago.

    This days I spend (too) much time commuting to work, running between buses and trains. I always enjoy visiting here : your photography gives me a feeling of quietness, reminds me to notice the little joys of the everyday. Thank you very much for that.

    favorite thing about summer: driving in the country side, windows rolled down, with the beautiful golden light of a late summer evening.

  221. Mary Cate permalink
    July 1, 2010 12:50 pm

    I just found your blog about a week ago and I’m hooked. You have such a talent for capturing the beauty around you. What a blessing.

    Okay so my favorite thing about summer is the way the sun cast a golden orange hue on everything about an our before sunset. And the sunsets. I’m sure they’re beautiful everywhere but I know they’re magnificent here in Tennessee.

    Have a great day! :)

  222. margaret permalink
    July 1, 2010 2:08 pm

    hi b.f.! i’m don’t consider myself a lurker but i do love summer!

    favorite thing? outdoor summer drinks. (shandy, sangria, g&t)

    second favorite thing? lake michigan.

    third favorite thing? america’s birthday.

    coincidentally, i can’t wait til you are back in america, drinking summer drinks on the shores of lake michigan :)

  223. Sophie permalink
    July 1, 2010 2:17 pm

    Hey, I’m Sophie C., usually living in Paris, but in Montreal (Canada) for the summer. What I like about the season? The wind through the leaves, the beautiful skies, the picnics, slowing down on work, time with friends and family, iced (real) tea… I love your photos and the tone of your blog. Been making bircher muesli since you gave the recipe ;-)

  224. July 1, 2010 3:06 pm

    I’ve been enjoying your photos/posts for a bit now (silently); thanks for the invitation for introduction – really exceptional photos; they always give me a smile. It’s so nice to see some of the world through another’s eyes.

    My favorite thing about summer – the way time feels differently than any other season – almost endless.

  225. July 1, 2010 3:47 pm

    230! Hi, Brian. I only comment when I’m into talking but regularly visit your blog. Favourite thing(s) about summer: travelling light, no-cook dinners, less sleep, easy access to evening light:)

  226. July 1, 2010 4:16 pm

    Hello Brian. I have your site bookmarked but have never left a comment. I love your photos! They are the kind of photos i want to learn to take. I’m an aspiring photographer, there is so much I want to learn! I don’t know where to start, i.e, online classes, classes at a local college, books….can you give me any advice on where to start learning to take better pictures?

    Summer, I can’t get enough of it! If it were summer all year long I would never tire of it (long daylight hours especially!) My husband says I would though. I still don’t believe him.

  227. July 2, 2010 2:15 am

    hey all – thanks for the wonderful response, giveaway is closed now. winner to be announced.

  228. July 2, 2010 9:10 pm

    Even though the giveaway is closed, I want to say hi anyway. :)
    I love your photos and I’m so inspired by all the places you go! Being stuck in Texas isn’t so bad with your lovely travels documented. I also love love the poems and playlists and links you post. Basically, you are great. Thanks.

    My favorite thing about summer is staying up super super late and remembering how endless and magical summer felt when i was little. i especially like when i feel those moments in my life these summer days.

  229. Rose permalink
    July 3, 2010 10:34 am

    Nice to see so many posts from my fellow lurkers. I meant to leave a note and say hello and that I enjoy your photos and music pics. I’m in L.A. so summer is kind of like the rest of the year, but I’ve been loving biking around town and the long days.

  230. July 5, 2010 9:50 am

    I’m too late for the contest, but I do fit the lurker bill and thought I’d still say hello, since I so enjoy visiting your site and seeing your photos. The best bits of summer, for me (an admittedly autumnal soul), are lantern-lit evenings, fresh berries, and homemade iced tea. It is kind of neat to see the sun still out at 9pm too. And road trips are pretty great. Not to mention loafing around near the beach, with a good book and plenty of shade.Ok, summer’s not so bad afterall. : )

  231. July 5, 2010 10:45 am

    Hello. I’m in Seattle. And I love a summer backyard bbq with friends, a lakeside bike ride, a weekend roadtrip, a salted caramel ice cream cone, an outdoor wedding, wild roses, the World Cup, and late evening light filtering into our living room.

  232. July 5, 2010 2:33 pm

    Also too late, I thought I’d leave a comment anyway. Having just moved from Michigan to Chicago, I’ve been without internet and missing TBH. Summer has never been my favorite season, though it has its unique niceties – ice cole beverages, linen shirts, long bike rides, parties on porches and patios, eating outdoors, LAKE MICHIGAN! I am loving summer in Chicago, but missing Michigan. As a former Michigander, I’ll bet you can relate!

  233. July 5, 2010 3:35 pm

    not quite sure if I have ever left a comment before.. hello!:) my favourite things about summer are long evenings, the beautiful light and warmth.

  234. Erica Le permalink
    July 7, 2010 1:13 am

    your blog just simple with pretty photos :)

    good luck to you

  235. July 21, 2010 9:47 am

    Been following your blog for a while now after finding it randomly. Love the feel of your photos. My favorite thing about summer – warm evenings in chambray shorts and canvas shoes without socks. Keep on shooting!

  236. July 21, 2010 10:27 am

    Howdy Bri! I just started looking at your site, in fact. It was suggested by my colleague Danielle Scruggs at Charm City Current. My favorite things about summer: Short sleeves and salt air.

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