Harvest Time at Big Thunder Ranch

Harvest time at Big Thunder Ranch presents a great opportunity to enjoy vintage Halloween decor and ephemera. It amazes me how things change stylistically over time. The variance from 60 years ago to today is really just the tip of the iceberg for the boundlessness of creativity. I wonder how today’s designs will stack up in 50 or 60 years from now.

Speaking of design, I am loving my new job at UC San Diego. My official title is “Publications Coordinator” but since no one really seems to know what that is, I just go by “Graphic Designer/Photographer”, since that’s what my duties primarily consist of. The best thing about work so far is the quality of people. They are brilliant, talented, welcoming and very much a team. I like being a part of a team. Especially when that team celebrates pie—true story.

The second best part of my new job is that I’m getting to do what I love and be paid well for it. I’m beyond grateful for that. The third best part—and we’ll leave it there for tonight, as this one is borderline gloating from excitement—is that I work on the top floor of a beautiful glass building across the street from the ocean. Every time I step out of my office I am greeted by that endless blue horizon and cool salty air. It breathes life into me.

Now that we’re pretty well settled in, things should get back to normal(ish) around here. We have a lot of cool things we want to work on and share. Thanks for all of your patience and thoughts while Michaela and I made this big transition.

Harvest Time at Big Thunder Ranch during Halloween Time at Disneyland

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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  1. Hey Matthew…So glad to hear of your happiness and good fortune in your new job. Thanks so much for the Disneyland photographs you provide, I use them as my computers wallpaper. Needless to say, I check your website daily. Best Wishes for your future endeavors.


  2. Hi Matthew…Congratulations on your new job! It sounds like a dream come true. Hope it is always wonderful for you. And working with people who love pie…how much better can it get? Well, maybe if they were all Disneyland lovers. 🙂
    Love the Thunder Ranch picture! I can almost taste the ribs and chicken. I’m sure by the time I get ther (18 days now) the Christmas decorations will be going up, so I’m very happy to be able to see Halloween through your camera lens. Thanks and Happy Halloween!


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