[Read Part 2 in this Autumn Travel Series here.] Hello, everyone! I’m excited to share the story of our next guest in this fun series celebrating the change in seasons around the world. Kristen Kopp and I met in Nashville, TN last October at Hutchmoot and enjoyed talking books, music, and community right from the get-go. I remember immediately appreciating her kindness and willingness to talk that first afternoon, when the atmosphere was still so unfamiliar. Throughout the past year, she’s captivated her online community of friends with dozens and dozens of photos of outdoor landscapes, revealing her keen eye and sense of beauty. Known for her “rambles through the woods,” this photography nymph inspires us daily toward worship as, time and again, we see the majesty of God displayed in a fiery little leaf.

To see her entire collection, check out Kristen’s photography shop here, and be sure to follow her on Instagram (@kristenannakopp) for that daily dose of beauty, if you’re into shots of brilliant Minnesota landscapes (and who isn’t?).

City

Owatonna, Minnesota (It’s located on the prairies of Southern Minnesota.)

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Photo credit: Kristen Kopp, 2015.

Vocation / current job

I work in the Community Development Department for the City of Owatonna.

A book you’ve read and enjoyed lately

Earlier this year I read Living Into Focus by Arthur Boers. Since reading it, I’ve been more intentional about noticing the world around me. I’ve also made time for what Boers calls focal practices. For me, that includes spending time alone in the woods, writing letters, and inviting friends into my home for a meal or board games.

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Photo credit: Kristen Kopp, 2015.

Favorite seasonal eatery or dish

I’ve been making aebleskiver, which are Danish pancake balls made in a special cast iron pan. I have Danish ancestry and grew up eating them on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, but I decided that they’re too good to save for two days out of the year. I also love to add spices to my coffee before I brew it. My favorite combination for fall is cinnamon, cloves, and a pinch of cayenne.

What is your favorite thing about fall?

I love most everything about autumn: the brilliant foliage, flannel shirts, hot beverages, crisp weather, and apple cider donuts from the orchard. While I wouldn’t say I love the darker evenings, I do enjoy the opportunity to slow down and light some candles around my home.

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Photo credit: Kristen Kopp, 2015.

 

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Photo credit: Kristen Kopp, 2015.

 

Photo credit: Kristen Kopp, 2015.
Photo credit: Kristen Kopp, 2015.

Thanks for reading, friends! Stay tuned for next week’s special guest in Part 4. Here in Northern California it’s chillyyyyy since we just got our first cold snap of the season, and forging outside is looking a little much right now (I even saw a spattering of snow that made it to my friend’s lawn up country!). So, in the meantime, go curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace–or space heater–and enjoy the blessing of the great indoors. And remember: NEW BLOG to come on January 1st! So excited!