349: Wet feet

Great Blue Heron

I don’t suppose many people would think of the gray day we’re having here in the Bogs as beautiful.  Most people might stand back, look up at all the shades of gray in the sky, and call it a dull or gloomy day.  I don’t think most folks would appreciate the boggy, soggy earth or the water on the grass soaking into their shoes and socks, either.  They might, however, appreciate the way the colors in the landscape seem to glow under the gray and gloomy looking sky.

Yesterday's sunset

It think it is all beautiful.  The shades of gray.  The wetness of the ground that caused the subsequent soaking of my feet.  The smell of wet earth and vegetation that is starting to rot.  The cawing of the crows in the trees joined by the chattering of the kingfisher as I approached his territory at the back of the pond.  And the Great Blue Heron who began his take-off from the pond before I could get the camera to focus.  I loved his posture so much that I worked with the photo for a long time in Photoshop, seeing if I could salvage something from a badly focused photograph.  I managed to capture the spirit of the moment with all that fussing about in Photoshop.  It no longer looks like a photo, but I don’t mind that.  Isn’t he glorious?

Here is the original, straight out of the camera, version:

The focus was on the plants, not the bird.  I need to work on my reaction time.  The herons move pretty quickly once they spot me.

A hole in the forest

It is a beautiful day.  The gray clouds that have brought us such lovely, colorful sunsets the past two days.  The gray clouds also allow the other colors in the landscape to show off a bit.

Glowing by the pond.

I did end up taking the camera with me on my walk.  Although it looked like the skies would open up with a deluge of rain, it didn’t happen.  Not even a drizzle or a mizzle while I was out there.

A touch of autumn

It’s chilly today.  I like that, too.

I spent the afternoon roasting vegetables.  I started with big, fat, ripe tomatoes.  They were a little too ripe to drop into boiling water to skin them.  That’s why I decided to roast them instead.  I roasted them down to a rich, tomato-y essence, but not for too long.  I wanted them to still have some juiciness.

Asters in the softness of the light and fog of a gray day

Next I roasted peppers, peeling off the charred skins and adding the peppers to the roasted tomatoes.  Then zucchini, yellow squash, garlic, and onions, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Herbes de Provence, went into the oven until they were roasted down to their rich veggie-goodness.

Everything goes together in a pot, along with some eggplant M grilled for me the other day.  I’ll warm it up in a little while, just enough to bring all the flavors together but not so much that it loses the complexity of flavors from each of the vegetables.  Since the basil plants are still doing well, I’ll garnish it with fresh basil.  My version of ratatouille.  We’ll probably have it with some whole grain pasta and fresh bread.

Dinner is going to be delicious, warm, comforting, and healthy.  All at the same time.

Standing in the jewelweed

Thanks for dropping by the Bogs today.  You’re welcome to stay for dinner.  There is plenty of ratatouille to go around.  🙂

P.S.  I would have brought photos of the food, but I was busy enjoying the process of cooking and didn’t want to interrupt that with the camera.

24 Comments on “349: Wet feet”

  1. milkayphoto says:

    You did quite well salavaging that heron shot! I, for one, appreciate your honesty here, admitting it is a highly photoshopped image. Looks beautfiul. 🙂

    We have a miserably rainy day today. Cold, too. Your dinner sounds delish and comforting. What is it about cooler days that have us reaching for comfort? I am in the process of making chicken pot pies, with chocolate molten cakes for dessert (perhaps drizzled with salted caramel sauce and a side of vanilla ice cream?). Hubby is on his way home and the minute I told him of the planned meal, he said his day just got better. 🙂 I know he will have a miserable commute home but once he steps through that door, I hope the smells erupting from the kitchen will put a smile on his face.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Tracy. 🙂

      I usually mention something in the caption of the photo when I’ve done more than tweak it for the web (which mostly involves resizing, sometimes a little sharpening/softening or play with the contrast and brightness).

      Your dinner sounds amazing! I’m going to have to get on the elliptical now. I think I gained weight just reading about it. 😉

  2. Your meal sounds marvelous. I’ll be right over. Save me some, please, pretty please. It’s been gloriously gloomy and chilly here today, and we’re loving it! Happy Almost-Fall to you in the Bogs, my friend!

  3. Mmmmm…I’ll be right there! I love roasted vegetables, a new treat for me. And you sure speak my language. I LOVE a grey, misty-moisty day in the bog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Honestly–my mouth started watering when you started describing the tomatoes, then the peppers, the eggplant (grumble, grumble–my stomach). Ratatouille is one of our favorites here in our house. I used to love rainy days when we lived in the woods, but the city leaves not much to desire when it rains . . . Hope you had a great getaway! The heron–looks shimmery and somehow magical.

  5. Kel says:

    sometimes blurry photos invite us to ‘see’ in a different way
    the shape or movement or shades – the feel of the thing
    rather than the sharp detail
    i like to call it, ‘seeing through a mystic’s eye’
    it offers a different and welcome perspective

  6. *Sigh* I want your flowers… and all that beautiful green!
    I have some pictures scheduled for tomorrow that will show you what our yard looks like right now 😦

  7. dragonfae says:

    Love the shot of the heron! And I too love grey, cloudy days. Even rain and fog. 😉

    If it didn’t get so darn humid where you’re at, and if I wouldn’t miss the ocean terribly, I’d love to have a “yard” like yours. 😀

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, DragonFae. 🙂

      The “yard” we have is wonderful, but it’s also a great deal of work. I guess we have to pay for the view in some way. lol!

  8. penpusherpen says:

    Food on offer Robin? But I’d get there too late…much too late. Bon Appetit, and I love eating healthily, gives you such a feeling of goodness. 😉 … The Heron was spectacular, and the hole in the forest had my imagination nodes twanging like crazy, now could it possibly be a hole in time? a different dimension or even a portal? (I used to pass between two thin tree trunks placed slap bang in the middle of a walk Bess and I used to take, she had to come through them at the same instant or we’d have been separated by time itself…. sane ? me? I sometimes wonder) Great to catch up xPenx

  9. There’s just no way to make ratatouille for two, is there? It’s on the menu tonight up at our place…

    I’m in love with the heron picture – such a sense of movement in it.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Marie. 🙂

      It can probably be done (making ratatouille for two) but then I wouldn’t have the leftovers to enjoy. It’s one of those dishes that often tastes better after it’s had a chance to sit for a little while.

  10. eof737 says:

    Welcome back… I can taste the dish and colorful flowers are the perfect balance t the weather you describe… It has rained for three days in my area and I am ready for some sunshine… 🙂

  11. TBM says:

    I’m sorry I missed dinner. I’ve never had ratatouille.

  12. ladyfi says:

    OH WOW! That photo of the heron is just breathtaking!

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