About nora of rowan + birch

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When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
— Mary Oliver

Perhaps the most important thing you need to know about me is the fact that I got in trouble in school quite often because I laughed. A lot. I also have an unabashed, deeply rooted love of Harry Potter. From there, you may be able to discern a few things: I'm a bit of a nerd. I am almost always reading. My idea of a solid Friday night is cozying up with a good book, my roommate's puppy, and a glass of White Zinfandel. Do I sound like I'm in my sixties? I'm okay with that.

I am a lover of stories, of light (and shadows), of coffee shops, and cats. I want to sit across from you at my dining room table or on a hammock in the forest and exchange favourite quotes and songs and poems. When I was a child, my mother had to force me to go outside. These days, you have to force me to go in. I feel most myself when surrounded by open space and fresh air. 

Through my photography, I strive to capture the beauty of everyday moments: the golden hours, the quiet revelations, God's glory in the surrounding world. I long to capture the different seasons of the earth as well as the different seasons within ourselves.


Besides Harry Potter, some of my favourite things Include:

  • Hiking
  • Coffee shops
  • Any peanut butter-y ice cream
  • Gregory Alan Isakov and his sweet, melodic voice
  • Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl
  • Alpine lakes
  • Swing Thai's crab and cream cheese wontons
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005 film, of course)
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Mary Oliver
  • Rainer Maria Rilke
  • All the quotes
  • Cats
  • Freckles
  • Scotland