Jump (Thursday Travels)

If it’s Thursday, this must be the Paint Mines.

The theme for NaBloPoMo in June is Jump.  I won’t be participating because it’s unlikely I will be able to post every day even if I wanted to do a daily post, but I do like the theme which is described as:

Jump into a new project, jump into a new idea, and most certainly jump into something that terrifies you so you can get over it.  We’re going to look at things that make us happy so we can jump for joy through our words.  And we’re going to look at things that make us nervous and jumpy.

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The healing rains

I’ve been terribly busy this week.  I feel swamped, and not just from the (very much needed!) heavy rains we’ve had over the past couple of days.  So, I am doing what I always do when I feel overwhelmed.  I’m taking a breather.  A small break to put my thoughts and priorities in order.

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Good Eats

Back to the Holden Arboretum where we didn’t have anything to feed the stomach, but our eyes and souls feasted on the beauty of the trees and rhododendrons.

We have been eating well lately.  In an effort to clean out the refrigerator before our upcoming trip, M and I have become creative with the food that will not hold up well while we are away.  I’ve been almost tempted back into food photography, but haven’t had the time to indulge.  While the meals have been creative, delicious, and enjoyed in a slow eating fashion, setting up the tripod and camera at the right time of day (because, I’ve found, natural light is best) just hasn’t worked out.

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A passion for peonies

The ants certainly feel passionate about the peonies.  I learned a long time ago to admire the peonies from outdoors because no matter how well I think I’ve knocked off the ants, there will always be a dozen or so hiding within the petals.  I prefer to keep the ants outdoors, so that is where the peonies will have to stay as well.  That’s okay.  They last longer out there.

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Sunday scramble

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Saturday Sundry

Remember my photographic tribute to Pink Martini?  The rhododendron flowers in the martini glass made such a lovely display that I put it on the dining room table as a centerpiece.  Later in the day I noticed a beam of sunlight streaming through the blinds and highlighting the martini glass.  This did not need much in the way of post-processing.  I resized it for the web, adjusted the contrast and sharpened it a bit.  I had the white balance on the camera set to “open shade” to give it a warmer color.

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Scenes from a foggy morning

The ladder-trellis (we’re using to grow hops) at sunrise.

The photos I’m using in this post were taken last Friday around sunrise.  Fog was drifting over and around the pond, and the light was simply wonderful.

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