It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film.

Here are other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure.

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All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4.


I really hesitated to put that title up there but really I think it is time to start saying goodbye. Not in the sense that it’s time for hot chocolate and apple pie but more to recognize that these warm days are fleeting and so we must really embrace each moment and squeeze in as much Summer activity as they can handle without bursting and spilling sunscreen and lemonade everywhere.

Next week’s forecast is telling us we are in for a very pleasant Summer send-off. Because of this and the longing to soak up a bit more of Summer, Gabe and I are proclaiming Monday and Tuesday as vacation days. No work, just family and sun. And quite possibly boat excursions, pony rides, slip and slides, cold cocktails and ice cream.




So now I feel caught in between the stage of still relishing Summer while also looking back on the images of moments captured over the last few months. It’s a good way to say goodbye, by remembering the laughter, the joy and for appreciating what time we did have. While it is still here, if only for a couple more weeks, I plan to enjoy each bit of sun that warms me completely, I’ll long for that in January. I plan on cleaning up more sticky fingers and wiping chocolate ice cream stained faces. I plan on more tomatoes, zucchini, peaches, and corn.


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And then, when all that is done I will greet Fall with it’s apples, squash, scarves, and cider with a genuine excitement. But for now, there’s still a bit more Summer to appreciate.

Fig and Plum Jam

A welcome addition to bread with soft cheese.

3 tart plums, roughly chopped

1 pound fresh figs, roughly chopped

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon ginger

2 cardamom pods, smashed

pinch salt

Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan with a small splash of water. Cook on medium until reduced and when placed on a plate that has been placed in a freezer, is the consistency of a slightly loose jam. About 15 minutes or so.


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17 Responses to “Film Friday: So long, Summer”

  1. la domestique

    It all looks so wonderful- especially the s’mores! I’m always happy to welcome autumn, and your fig and plum jam seems like the perfect way to do it. Lovely.

  2. MikeVFMK

    Ashley, love fig jam. And fig and plum? Dope. Like you, I think summer is winding down. And also like you, I plan on spending it with my family. Have a great long weekend!

  3. Joy

    yay for film fridays! lovely sweet post though this makes me super sad that summer is ending. (school is starting!)

  4. Rachel

    The picture at the bottom of your husband and little boy is quite possibly the cutest thing ever! I die for little boys in cowboy boots and anything with plums.

  5. Kasey

    Wait! Wait! I’m not ready yet! I love your film fridays by the way. And I also wish I could attend your photo workshop at Delancey’s. Oh gosh, I do hope I get back to Seattle soon..

  6. Angharad

    I’m feeling the exact same way about the end of this season. I’m not ready to jump into wooly sweaters quite yet but I’m also very aware that summer is on the way out. I’m planning lots of bike rides and walking to make the most of it because when Autumn/Winter come to MN they tend to land with a crash and a bang 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  7. carissa

    absolutely gorgeous film pictures. you’ve encouraged me to get mine out and snap away.

    by the way, i JUST saw your cascade commercial. sweeeeeet!

  8. michelle

    Hello, I would love to make this jam. It looks delish and I can get local figs here. One question: is this like a freezer jam, meaning, can I store it in the freezer? (lol) Or does one have to can this?

  9. Jacqui

    I am loving your film posts! I’ve been building my film camera collection, and have just recently started shooting with a Canon A-1. Also recently fell in love with Kodak Portra 400, so I am especially loving this post! Any tips for shooting with the A-1?


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