I am not a full-time food photographer or stylist, but I do have fun on occasion with a piece of fruit or a slice of vegetable sitting on a dark plate in the sunlight.  And if you follow this blog you know how I love my potted herbs.  I’ve collected some of my favorite food photos into a new Zazzle shop:  Just Food by Cynthia.

Posters in this store will always be 6 x 6 in size and available for purchase at $9.75.  Why 6 x 6?

Well, I personally love 6 x 6 frames, like the following, which easily stack on surfaces in the kitchen or can hang, often in a series, on the wall.  This particular image of a romanesco broccoli was purchased for a gentleman who studies fractals, and loves to eat. ;)

Please visit the store when you can.  New items to be added at least once a month. Yum! ;)

sadly yet beautifully …

another orchid leaf

previous images of orchid leaves can be viewed here and here.


My mother had a drawer full of scarves, of every size and color imaginable.  The textures tended toward silky or the fine sandy grain of those materials that were sheer.  My scarves are more dispersed throughout my environment, possibly because, in a way, I have more personal space than my mother ever had.

She would have been a teen and partying young woman in the 1950s and 1960s when scarves were a fashionable part of the ensemble.  By the time I came along in the 1970s, my mother wasn’t partying so much but she still had that drawer full of scarves, and I remember my father still buying her scarves throughout much of my childhood.

Whether for elementary school or high school, when I left the house in the morning for my journey, if the wind was blowing fiercely, if she’d done my hair the night before, if there was even a chance of sprinkles … she’d wrap one of her colorful scarves around my head and tie it beneath my chin.  In elementary school, I may have looked cute.  In high school, when scarves were not fashionable … well, I once passed by a group of girls and one of them said, “What is she wearing?!” But, even as I felt bad, I heard another girl say, “Leave her alone.”  What I remember from that moment, this day, is the care of my mother and the care of that stranger.

My small scarves I keep in a little gold box on a book shelf.  I rarely use them or even look at them but I’m not ready to part with them.  Long, narrow scarves I keep in a basket, and when I am too lazy to track down my leather belt, I’ll pull out one of those scarves to hold up my pants.  Large, square scarves I learned to wrap around my head using techniques my mother did not know.  Those I’ve tucked away in a drawer.  I mostly wear long, oblong scarves, especially the ones given in recent years by friends and family.  I wear them to freshen up an outfit.  And, of course, I photograph them as they are or use them to serve as background for a leaf.  And, in this house, with so many windows, I sometimes hold them up to see what happens when the light shines through.

These musing of the morning were inspired by a link recently shared by a friend, a Salon interview by Edwidge Danticat of Katia D. Ulysse.  As my friend described to me, it is a thought-provoking, poetic exchange between two writers of Haitian heritage.  An excellent read.  At some point there is reference to scarves, and that was all the inspiration needed for me to crack open a box.  Have a good day.

pulling back the curtains

revealed a sky full of clouds lit by the setting sun. 

… filling the folds of the living room curtains

… reminding me of the stained glass windows I’ve been privileged to photograph of late

… . and in those windows to see how the sunlight strikes the glass, filling the folds of the robes of the saints and angels and the ordinary folk living their lives

… and I can’t help but think, given all that’s happening in all parts of the world, how lucky I am to be able to sit for a moment and capture the sun’s path across a single window

sunlight in the folds

curtains at the window …

catching early morning light

my view one morning as I lazed in bed


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