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Apparently each year I have to relearn that I am sensitive to cold.  So, out and about on a late afternoon hike at the Arboretum, I didn’t last long before there was concern I might lose some fingers and toes.  But before packing up and heading home for tea, there were some glorious sights to be seen.  It is truly amazing the vivid colors present throughout the park with winter just days away.

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Actually, an image of steam rising from a couple of eggs I boiled for a young friend’s lunch yesterday.

I guess the sun was shining through the kitchen window just right.  Or I just happened to look over my shoulder at the right time.  I’ve been trying to get better at planning photo shoots and selecting items to photograph.  I must say, I would never have thought to photograph steam.  Until now.

It was captivating to watch the patterns appear and disappear.

I must say the next time I boil an egg I’ll be curious to see how the light is shining into the room. 😉

 

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A dried rose over a bowl of water.

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A bundle of dried Baby’s Breath fallen in a bowl of milk.

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I was recently lucky enough to attend a fancy restaurant where I sat at the bar watching the chef prepare her culinary masterpieces.  They were all quite frankly little bite size works of art.  Well, with a lot of undirected energy this afternoon, I decided to play around with the leftovers in Steve’s kitchen using the chef as my creative inspiration. First up, a few radishes sliced thin, arranged on a simple plate, then each slice either topped with quarter teaspoon of guacamole or quarter teaspoon of Steve’s homemade pesto.

Then I found some tomatoes, sliced up a couple, and then paired the slices on a long glass tray.  The slices were drizzled with basil-infused olive oil, and I’m considering topping them with some finely chopped garlic.

I dug around the refrigerator and came across a tub of roasted pine nut hummus.  Scooped some into a tiny white ceramic ramekin and then mixed the hummus with a drizzle of hot sesame oil to add a bit of kick.  Final garnish is a couple of fresh peeled carrot sticks.

In progress are the mushrooms.  I’m of a mixed mind about mushrooms.  Sometimes I like them and sometimes I don’t.  I’m contemplating taking three small mushrooms and stuffing them with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh parsley. So far the mushrooms have been selected.  What do you think? 😉

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Imagine if Van Gogh had experienced light pollution comparable to what is experienced in many urban cities today.  Most likely, he would never have painted Starry Starry Night. Mention “Milky Way” to a teenager living in New York City or Los Angeles.  Given the young people I’ve spoken with, they know the candy bar and they remember the term from science class.  But they really have had no experience of looking up into black velvet night and seeing the milky sweep of the galaxy that is ours.  So many of us write about inspiration, but what source of inspiration has been lost as we have, often by necessity, dimmed the heavenly lights so that we may brighten the light upon land?

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