When Seasons Collide

by Matt on September 3, 2008

My apologies. If you’ve tried to reach me by calling, emailing, texting, smoke-signaling, mental-telepathing or paper-airplaning over the past week then you’ve no doubt reached my busy signal.  And you will continue to get my answering machine for a few weeks longer as this is a splendidly busy time of the year for me. I’m not gonna bore you with the details, but I’m currently cramming three holidays into one and preparing for a very special Spaniard and his partner to come visit. And because he doesn’t read English I can say this very safely: I’m putting him to work when he gets to Los Angeles and plan on sharing his family recipes with you. With his blessing, of course.

Even though it’s been crazy I still managed to make it to my farmers’ market on Sunday morning to stock up and also get some beautiful fruits and veggies for a shoot. And as I walked through the stalls and chatted with folks I remembered how amazing this time of year actually is. It’s probably some of the best summer produce we’ve seen all season along with trickles of what autumn has to offer. It’s when new crop apples share space with super sweet corn, where plums practically burst before disappearing until next year. And it’s a great time to cook, allowing you to take advantage of the bounty.

It’s like Mother Nature’s Two-For-One sale.

I’ll be back shortly, I promise. And in the meantime enjoy some photos from this weekend (except the apples, those were taken last year but if you’re like me you’re pretty excited about the new crops!)







{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter G September 3, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Can’t wait to see your friend’s recipes. As usual your pictures are beautiful and more important, very inspiring…

The Tattooed Mama September 3, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Beautiful photographs. Those grapes look delish.

rita September 4, 2008 at 3:44 am

that’s wonderful! looking forward to some fun recipes so i can make use more of the cazuelas i bought in madrid.

don’t work too hard, though. you don’t want to be burned out by the time your friends fly in.

chanelle September 4, 2008 at 7:28 am

these photos are incredible! you captured nature’s 2-for-1-in-between season perfectly. i tried to pick a favorite and couldn’t – they are all so beautiful, matt.

hope you have a wonderful time with your very special spaniard company – can’t wait for the recipes. ;)


Lucy V September 4, 2008 at 9:31 am

I love the plums the best.

Bad Home Cook September 4, 2008 at 10:28 am

Ooooh. I love a Spaniard. Almost as much as I love the food…Can’t wait!
The photos above transcend commerce. They touch art.

Rebecca September 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm


what farmers market(s) do you go to/recommend? I have been wishing there was a good one in LA and resigning myself to buying all my produce from Trader Joe’s.

180/360 September 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm

ACK! The beauty of your photography is killing me. Can’t wait for recipes and of course, more photos.

Kelly Cline September 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm

OH yummy! Those grapes look like the ones that are growing wild in the alley down from my place… time to go see if someone else foraged them before me! Also… that looks like Mango Wood plates the grapes are sitting… just lovely!

Amy Sherman September 4, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Really gorgeous! Looking forward to the Spanish recipes.

Mrs Ergül September 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Nice photos! I love how you pair the produce with the plates and bowls!

nina September 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm

What more can | say…you are my NO.1 photographer hero!!!!!

Sneh September 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm

The Sage is beautiful!!! love em all:-)

Barb McMahon September 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm

“Mother Nature’s two for one sale….” Love it!

lifeinrecipes September 6, 2008 at 5:06 am

So pure and so beautiful.

You captured the true essence of the changing seasons.

alexandra's kitchen September 6, 2008 at 8:11 am

nice! cannot wait to see what you whip up with the Spaniard. If he knows how to make those spanish egg tortilla things, will you please share?

alexandra's kitchen September 6, 2008 at 8:11 am

nice! cannot wait to see what you whip up with the Spaniard. If he knows how to make those spanish egg tortilla things, will you please share?

alexandra's kitchen September 6, 2008 at 8:11 am

nice! cannot wait to see what you whip up with the Spaniard. If he knows how to make those spanish egg tortilla things, will you please share?

Matt September 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Beautiful. Lovely. Absolutely gorgeous. The perfect blend of shadows and light, color and texture, clarity and softness…

Have an equally beautiful time with your Spaniard and his partner. I can’t wait to read and see the results of your visit!

Olga September 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm

My favorite is the picture of champagne grapes: adorable!

took a bunch of pictures in Montreal’s Atwater market last weekend: very fun

shelley September 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm

so so so pretty. I must admit a certain envy of your outrageously kick-ass farm markets.

And, of course, your mad picture-takin’ skillz.

Teri Lyn Fisher September 7, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I love love love these images. What great colors and light.

StickyKeys September 8, 2008 at 8:00 am


Well, don’t stop, MAKE ME DROOL MORE! :DDD

Stephanie September 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

Beautiful shots, Matt.

I want to frame the sage and apples shots for my kitchen wall. I love how you re-frame your images using the edges of tables and napkins for drop. Your earthy textures such as beaten up wooden boards really add to your pictures. You have such a clean, natural, modern still life aesthetic. Kudos to the photo chef!

Tea September 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm


That was just what I needed today–thanks!

Grayson September 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

good pictures

Dorothy September 25, 2008 at 10:38 pm


Shannalee September 30, 2008 at 6:01 am

I agree with all these other comments–your photos are absolutely beautiful!

missnoma October 5, 2008 at 12:06 am

beautiful photos!!
make me hungry looking at them

Eat Surf n Turf October 25, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Your pictures are awesome! That is something I am definitely going to have to actively work on as I try to develop my new blog.

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