Julie Siller and Jason Brand met online in the summer of 2010. For their first date, they decided to meet at a dog park with their dogs — Julie has a black Lab/chow mix named Ace and Jason has a LhasaPoo named Teddy. The pair continued to date for about a year and a half until Jason proposed on Christmas Eve 2011.
These stunning coffee table books are sure to be conversation-starters. “Four Seasons of Yosemite: a Photographer’s Journey,” by Mark Boster (hardcover, Los Angeles Times, 2011, 125 pages, $34.95). In more than 100 stunning photographs, Boster brings the eye of a 21st Century photographer and captures the magic of the national park’s icons — Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and others — in color that Ansel Adams had celebrated in black and white.