125: Olives

(Olive plate.)

It’s that time of the year again.  Time for the semi-annual trek to the dentist for a cleaning and check-up.  This is not something normal people celebrate.  But M and I do.  Because it means we also make our semi-annual visit to DeVitis Italian Market where I almost drool over the olives, the pastas, the cheeses, the wines, the pesto, the rapini!  (Well, maybe I do drool but I am very discrete about it.  You’d never know if I hadn’t just told you.)  It is worth enduring the torture of the oral hygienist to spend some time in DeVitis loading up on scrumptious foods.

(Olive plate #2)

Once we got home and unpacked all of our goodies, of course I had to plate the olives and see what I could do with them.  The deadline for Scott’s Assignment 11:  Food Photography is midnight tonight.  Most of what I’ve been cooking lately didn’t translate well into photographs.  I had high hopes for the olives.

(Fruit, cheese, and olives.)

I played around with bowls of fruit, cheeses, and the olives.  The three shots above were the best of the lot.  I think the last one has too much going on, but that could be because I wanted the olives to have a starring role (which is why I prefer the second shot over the other two).

All three photographs have been processed in Photoshop.  To me, there is something romantic about olives so I wanted the photos to have a softness to them.

The assignment is over but I’m hoping to get a chance to play (photographically speaking) with the olives again over the next day or two.  Maybe do something a little more creative with them.  Take some toothpicks and make olive people and march them around the kitchen.  Or something.

Today’s Outdoor Adventures:  Warm up!

After the Blue Wall experience this past weekend (you can catch up on the adventure here and here, if you missed it), life here at Breezy Acres and around the pond seems almost dull in comparison.

(The Blue Wall.)

(Today’s view of the creek.)

See what I mean?  How about another comparison?

(The Blue Wall.)

(Today’s view of the pond.)

I know.  It’s not fair at all to compare the two.  First of all, the Blue Wall is one of those things that you don’t see every day.  And if you did see it every day, you might take it for granted or find the beauty starts to fade with daily visits.

Second of all, the weather makes it a doubly unfair comparison.  It was cold as the dickens on Saturday, but it was sunny and beautiful.  There was much more color to the day.  Not just at the Blue Wall.  The forest and ravine were dotted with hemlocks which leant their greenery to the scene.

So, one more look at the Blue Wall and then it’s back to Breezy Acres and the Bogs.

The temperature here is above freezing today, melting things slightly.  It is, as you can see from the above photos taken today, cloudy and gray.  The January Doldrums, when even the weather can’t get excited about the day.

My walk was fairly uneventful.  I took a tumble or two going down hills due to some slipperiness under the snowpack.  I was also overdressed.  I ended up taking off a few layers on my way back to the house.  I have to admit it was nice not to be freezing for a change.  (Don’t worry.  Those tumbles were not at all serious.  All those layers make me bounce right back up.)

And that, folks, is it from the Bogs for today.  See you tomorrow with more from the great outdoors.

37 Comments on “125: Olives”

  1. photobyholly says:

    All that food is making me hungry!! Isn’t this heat wave amazing!! 😉

    • Robin says:

      Holly: Heat. lol! Only those of us used to this kind of winter would think of 30’s as “heat.” Should we break out the summer clothing? 😉

  2. Kathy says:

    Your olive photos are lovely, Robin. (I’m afraid I’ve whimped on Scott’s assignment and I am afraid to go over there and tell him. I took one picture of some quinoa dish but, darn it, there isn’t enough light in this peninsula to make it even look tempting. Less light in our kitchen. I give up.)

    As for the blue wall… ooo la la! Wonderful!

  3. I don’t like olives, but you photographed them beautifully! LOVE the fruit bowl!!

    Your snow/ice pictures are gorgeous… a little jealous over here in TX.

  4. starbear says:

    The olives look so delicious! Juicey, succulent, maybe just a few olives, in a small bowl would be sufficient… I agree, a lot of distracting elements – I like the first plate best, with the cheese curl for contrast. I do find the red in upper right quadrant bg pulls to much away from the olives… can you tone it down in ps?
    Drooling… anyway, where is the paper towel to wipe down my keyboard? 🙂

  5. Karma says:

    I like shot #1 actually. You’ve got a great combination of color and texture going on and the olives do definitely take the starring role!
    The photo assignment deadline is tonight? I had it in my head it was tomorrow! Shoot! I better go check and get blogging if it is tonight!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      I may have gotten the date wrong. I’m all mixed it up when it comes to days and dates lately. I keep thinking today is Thursday. I’m not sure how I got off by one day.

  6. I really love Olives, so do my kids. I don’t have any in the house, these photos are so great, makes me want to have some. I like your food displays and composition with the colors which are great for any advertisement or menu. Nice.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Martina. 🙂

      I love olives too. My kids and husband, on the other hand, dislike olives intensely. The good thing about that is it means all olives in the house are mine since no one else will eat them. 😀

  7. Before I’d read as far as you telling us which was your favourite photo of the super-dooper delicious olive plates, I’d decided I liked the middle one the best, although I was a tad concerned about the olive at the top left hand side, with very neat holes in it….on second looks, um, it’s part of the plate, isn’t it? Lol!

    • Robin says:

      lol, Joanne! The plate is an olive serving plate given to me by a very dear friend. (I was kind of hoping she’d stop by and see it but she must have been busy.) You put toothpicks in the holes for your guests to use to pick up the olives. Pretty clever. I’d never seen one like it until it was given to me.

  8. penpusherpen says:

    Just checking, nope, can’t see any drool at all, you’re right you are very discreet …<<< see? dots everywhere, must try and loose them. maybe if I type quicker?)
    Now you've set me off again, with well staged and wonderful 'food' orientated photo's , (and on a different tack, I do love that fruit bowl,)
    I do not like the dentists, never have never will, but I do see your reasoning, you have a wonderful treat to look forward to afterward, I must think up something similar.
    And I agree, how totally unfair, to compare the Blue Wall with your other local natural views, I am starting a 'appreciate my local Beauty' group…and 'The Bogs' is my first sign up!! hah!!

  9. Anna says:

    All three of the food photos are absolutely gorgeous and well done! Those olives are such a delight to look at. The fruit, cheese, and olives with bowl photo is not only to do a painting of, it is one to frame. Brrr! Those sure are cold Blue Wall and pond photos! Nice post!

  10. I love olives and you had me at the first photo. Drool!

  11. Kel says:

    oh we can so relate to feeling that the views at home are ‘boring’ after being somewhere else that was winter wonderland eye candy 🙂

    but today i found a blog post by a visiting nth american who was on our island earlier this week, and realise its all perspective really, he thought our little island and koalas and ferry, were fascinating

    perhaps Marcel Proust had it right when he said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

    • Robin says:

      Thank you for the Proust quote, Kel. I think he’s right. I shall try to approach everything with new eyes from now on. Or I could take my glasses off, look at the blur, and then put them back on and admire the clarity of it all. 😉

  12. boatacrosstheriver says:

    I love that first close up of the olives — beautiful. And I love that little marmot.

  13. […] you like olives? If you do, you’ll want to see Robin’s food photography post. Heck, even you do not like olives, you’ll appreciate it. As a bonus, you will learn about […]

  14. Giiid says:

    Wow, you are an artist in food photography!! Beautifully made!

  15. Gerry says:

    The olives look really, really good. More cheese, please–I am fond of cheese with my olives.

    I let this load while I did other things–a person on slooow dialup must adapt–and was delighted to see the Blue Wall when I came back! That is a hike worth the weary bones and the acrophobia. Must let the links load.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Gerry. 🙂

      And thank you for stopping by and commenting! The hike was indeed worth the weary bones and acrophobia (both of which I have to deal with at times).

  16. Nye says:

    I love olives on my salad, the second image looks so beautiful.

    It looks cold where you are, love the ice wall.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Nye. 🙂 It is very cold where I am (with no sign of it warming up soon).

      And thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

  17. milkayphoto says:

    LOVE olives! These look juicy and plump and ready for picking! Ditto for the grapes! 🙂

  18. Olive Plate no 2 is my favourite. They look so natural, real and fresh. My mouth is watering:) You have got so much snow over there… ours is gone but February just started and more will surely come soon !

  19. […] The snow photos for this post are from the hike to The Blue Wall that M and I took in January.    It was a minus 7 degree morning, and watching the sunrise from the cold, snowy woods is something I’ll never forget.  If interested, the posts with photos from that hike can be found here, here, and here. […]

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