Apples and oranges

The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused, while nature heals the disease.

~ Voltaire

There are positives to what many think of as the negative of being ill.  You’d be surprised at how many positives there are once you get past the misery of coughing, sneezing, aching, and the sudden inability to sleep well at night because you can’t breathe (and maybe because you’ve been taking far too many naps).  This is sounding a lot like a NyQuil commercial.  Something I don’t use, by the way.  No shotgun medicines for me, thank you very much.

One of the wonderful things about having been ill over the past almost a week is that it gave me time to read.  Books.  Magazines.  Books.  And a few blog posts.  But mostly books.

The photos are not all the same. Similar, but different. Like apples and oranges are similar (fruits), but different.

I used to be a fast reader.  I’d go through one or two or sometimes three books a week.  That was prior to the invention of the internet.  (Insert Al Gore joke here if you like.)  It is not just a matter of time consumption (books vs. internet), but my reading speed has slowed.  I’m not sure why but if I had to guess, I’d go with age and wisdom.  I savor books rather than try to wolf them down as quickly as possible.  Given all the great books I’d like to read before I die, and given that I was gifted with the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die for my 50th birthday a couple of years ago and I still have a long way to go before I complete that hefty list, I really should once again start gulping down books like they’re fast food.

Slight digression…  Did you learn speed reading while you were in school?   When I was in the 5th grade they would turn down the lights and flash sentences up on a screen, starting at a reasonable rate and gradually speeding up.  The sentences added up to a story, and at the end of the story we were tested to see if we picked up the story and some of the details of the story.

I am currently reading The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession.  The book is about birding, and a competition that is well known among birders called The Big Year wherein one abandons their regular life to spend a year tracking down as many birds as possible within a certain geographic area (in this case, within the continental U.S. and Canada).  I am enjoying it a lot while learning a little about birding, life lists, and The Big Year (something I’d never heard of until someone recommended this book).  I’m learning a little something about birds too, although I expect I’ll retain that knowledge about as well as I do when I look up the identification of a bird online or in a field guide, which is to say, not much.  My brain is so stuffed with song lyrics that there seems to be little memory space left for retaining other bits and pieces of information.

I have also managed to whittle down the pile of magazines waiting to be read.  I’ve gone through two issues of Yoga Journal and one issue of Popular Photography.  I should be caught up on my magazine reading very soon.  I’m  thinking of not renewing my subscription to Popular Photography.  Until I have a more sophisticated camera, most of the tips and knowledge between the covers of that magazine are lost on me.  Plus it gives me a good case of camera envy, and who needs that?

Today, tired of reading and napping, I broke out the camera and tripod for a little playtime with fruit.  The basket of fruit has been begging to be used in a still life.  How could I say no?

And on that crazy note (what, your fruit doesn’t speak to you?), I’m going to wrap this post up.  Thank you for visiting the Bogs today.  Help yourself to some fruit.  We stocked up on apples just before the local orchard closed, and we have an order of citrus fruit (our way of helping to support the local high school band) coming soon.  Enjoy.  🙂

38 Comments on “Apples and oranges”

  1. Denise says:

    A luscious bowl of fruit and a very lovely photograph.

  2. I too love to read, but like you the internet has cut into my reading time, so that I don’t get as much done as I used to. Alas. Hope you are beginning to feel better, my friend!

  3. Wonderful photos that have now made me hungry…. 🙂

  4. I do love the darker stills on the fruit bowls–makes the colors look richer somehow. I, too, am an avid reader:I’d read a book downstairs and then a different one on my nightstand. I think the Internet is distracting me bigtime. Be well, Robin!! Get that liquid echinacea–I swear by it.

  5. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Love the fourth one down — hope you feel better soon!

  6. Bo Mackison says:

    Nice experimenting with the fruit. I love cameras when I let loose and see what happens–often lots of good things.

  7. Derrick says:

    Love the soft light in the first 3. Nice!!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Derrick. That soft light is due to a gray and rainy day. I’m glad I took the time to play around with it. I normally would have waited for a sunny day to take food photos.

  8. My vote is for the last photo…so warm and inviting, they almost glow:) I hope you get well soon! I used to read tons but find myself reading blogs… love being here seeing what you are up to:)

  9. The very thought of learning to speed read like that fills me with panic (my dyslexic brain would have gone in to melt down, and all in front of my peers…)

    • Robin says:

      I wondered about that, Mrs. UHDD. I wondered if there were any children in my class who couldn’t read those flashing sentences, and how frustrating and embarrassing that must have been for them if there were. Back in those days (the ancient, olden days), I don’t think dyslexia would have been considered. Instead, students were lazy, not trying, etc.

  10. Kel says:

    sorry, we’ve just come out of apple/citrus season
    we’re into nectarines at the moment
    and bananas – they are affordable again in oz
    back to a couple of dollars a kilo instead of the $10-12 they have been for about 18 months

  11. Chloe says:

    these are lovely shots, really great light

  12. afrankangle says:

    When it comes to reading … I’m not an avid book reader, but prefer nonfiction. I like magazines at bed time. Used to love reading the two food mags I got for a long time – but will use Wine Specator this week.

    The techniques that photographers use just to fit someone’s mood or frame of mind continues to impress me.

    Hope you are feeling better!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank.

      That’s one of the things I like about photography — the ability to express my mood or frame of mind through an image. Most of the time I don’t take it that seriously, though. I just have fun. 🙂

  13. It’s too bad that society sometimes forces us to RUSH through things, thinking that faster must be better. I remember in middle school having only 25 minutes for my lunch period. Total. Within those 25 minutes, I had to drop off my books at my locker, head to the lunch room, wait in the lunch line, get my food, sit down, eat (wolf it down), and head to my next class. How is THAT good for anyone?? It’s taken me more than 20 years to start breaking that awful habit. You go right ahead and slow down!! 😉

    • Robin says:

      We had those short lunch periods too, Holly. Ridiculous. They were still doing that when my youngest son was in school. Do they give the kids more time lunch these days?

      • I’m not sure about middle school, but I think they get a little more time than that for elementary school. My son is such a slow eater, he may have to learn to speed it up a little bit!

  14. Your apples and oranges look delicious! I seem to have developed an allergy to apples, but I’m really happy that it’s “orange season” again… and I can still eat cooked apples (like apple pie!)
    I used to have a subscription to Popular Photography, but stopped subscribing to it about 2-3 years ago and switched to Outdoor Photographer. I find it a more enjoyable magazine to read. Well… whenever I find the time to read!

  15. CMSmith says:

    Your blog posts make me yearn to take my camera a little more seriously again. I’ve even debated taking another photography course. I loved doing that. But my writing has been on the front burner and until I see this memoir project to something that feels like completion, I need to stick with it and pull my Nikon out when a moment grabs me.

    I’m going to check out your book list link.

    • Robin says:

      I know how that is, Christine, and think it’s understandable that you would have writing as priority right now. The camera will still be there when you’re ready. 🙂

  16. Anna says:

    I love the top photo in its warm glow… a great still life! I’ve been reading Yoga Journal too.

  17. The light is just gorgeous in these shots. Beautiful!

  18. Kathy says:

    Fruit speaks to me! And it’s odd…just came from another blog which announced, “Your coffee loves you.” Talking food…you gotta love life! (And your photos and thoughts, too, Robin.)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Kathy. 🙂

      I’m so glad to hear someone else has fruit that speaks to them. When I take the time to listen, my food does tend to have a few things to express in some form or another. 😀

  19. eof737 says:

    Great textures and shadings. 😉

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