332: Sunday sunflowersPosted: August 21, 2011
Sundays are usually about signage here on the Bogs blog, but today I’ve been playing with sunflowers and find them much more interesting than any of the signs I’ve photographed recently.
The sunflowers in this post have been processed either in Photoshop or Picnik or both. Some were just tweaked and resized. Others (like the first two) I played around with just to see what would happen.
It’s an odd day weather-wise. Breezy with an almost cool feeling, yet so humid that you end up sweating fairly quickly. It’s as if we’re on the cusp of the cold front, which we probably are. We had thunderstorms in the middle of the night, and a few drops of rain here and there throughout the day.
A colleague of M’s invited us over for Sunday brunch today. The colleague is a fellow from India whose parents are visiting him here in the U.S. for the first time. He has lived here for 12 years, I think he said. His parents, very traditional (he told us), have resisted his invitations to come to the U.S. in the past, not wanting to visit this country. But over time his parents’ friends have been here for visits and recommended they do so. In a peer pressure sort of way, they changed their minds and decided to come.
The Colleague is a wonderful cook. We had omelets flavored with cilantro, chiles, and Indian spices, an Indian version of hash browns, and gulab jamun with vanilla ice cream for dessert. The omelet and potatoes were spicy and flavorful. The dessert was just the right touch to tame some of the spiciness of the meal. It seemed as though we were eating off of plates that never emptied as The Colleague kept serving us until I finally sat back and sighed (okay, maybe it was more of a moan or a groan of satiation), and The Colleague’s father smiled and said, “You are full?” as if that was the best possible thing in the world.
I don’t think I’ll need to eat again for a day or two.
I had not met The Colleague prior to today. He is a very interesting man. I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and our visit with him and his parents. Because I have an interest in Indian food, he spent a little time showing, and allowing me to taste, many of the spices he has in his spice cabinet. Some I was familiar with. Others I was not. I mentioned I had a recipe that calls for mango powder, something I’ve been unable to find in our local stores. He gave me a small gift of some he had on hand, and I’m looking forward to finally making the recipe with all the ingredients it calls for rather than trying to work around the missing ingredient.
For my outdoor time today I went out for a good long walk in hopes of working off some of that delicious brunch. I probably need to walk about ten more miles to do that, but at least I burned a few calories.
The asters are starting to bloom. I’ve been watching for them. They usually follow the goldenrod so I knew they would show up soon. I love the way the purple of the asters looks against the yellow of the goldenrod.
As soon as I find a good patch of the two of them together, I’ll take a few photographs.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I need to get up and move around some more. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me on this beautiful Sunday. I hope yours was as satisfying as mine. 🙂