Coconut Sugar Farm

On our trip to Thailand in March, we had the opportunity to visit a coconut sugar farm outside of Bangkok. The farm is family run, and the process is divided into a few parts. They use ladders made from bamboo stalks to climb to the top of the palms and cut the flower buds to release the sap. The sap is then collected and heated until reduced and just the sugar remains. The hot fire burns all day, and is kept going with the constant addition of wood and dried palm fronds. 

The woman pictured below doesn't know her exact age, but has been making coconut sugar her whole life, and only has one tooth to prove it.

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Sanborn Canoe x Shoreboards

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Some images from a recent shoot I did for Wilson & Willy's. This paddle board was handmade as a collaboration between Sanborn Canoe and Shoreboards, both located in Minnesota, and was a labor of love. A wonderful piece commissioned by Wilson & Willy's, and so beautiful to see on the water.

Bangkok Markets

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The markets were of course, my favorite part of Bangkok.  This was an amazing day... and I feel so invigorated just looking through the photos. I could have wandered around endlessly. Everything was so saturated with color and texture. The women on the boats at the floating markets were so beautiful, wearing bright clothing, their skin deeply tanned after many years in the sun. I wish I'd been able to communicate with them more easily, I bet they have the most interesting stories.

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We passed a sea salt farm on the way to the markets. It was early morning, and the thick haze diffused the sunrise so beautifully.

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The (above, left) shot with the woman in the blue pants and her fish is a favorite. I am wondering how it would translate to a print... 

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Bangkok

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Last month, we spent ten days in Thailand. Our first stop was Bangkok, which is a crowded, fast paced, polluted(!) city. We stayed at the Hansar Hotel, which proved to be a beautiful, peaceful respite within the urban landscape. We would explore early in the day, using primarily the Skytrain and River Taxi to get around. We love utilizing public transportation while traveling... it is usually easily navigable once you get the hang of it, and gives you a much better sense of life as a local. We visited temples, ate street food, and quickly became addicted to mango sticky rice. We would spend the hottest part of the day by the hotel's 8th floor pool, which felt like a secret oasis amongst the bustle of the city. It was nice to just be still for a little while and take it all in. Travel can be a whirlwind if you let it. Rooftop bars were the place to be at night... killer views, a cool breeze, and strong drinks.

 

Peacock Pavilions | Marrakech

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I can't remember when Peacock Pavilions first came onto my radar, but my best guess is that it was about six or seven years ago. Marrakech had been a place I'd long dreamed of visiting, and the time finally came earlier this year, when I attended a styling and photography workshop hosted by Annette Joseph. The property is stunning, and Maryam Montague's global style and impeccable eye are evident in every corner. All of the meals are made from scratch right on the property, making for a wholly nourishing experience, both for the body and soul. Truly, no detail is overlooked.