114: Fruitful Friday

(Behold!  The Citrus!)

I was making up a batch of flavored water this morning and decided to use the fruit as models before tossing it into the pitcher.  I am having a great time with food photography.  It’s fun.  It’s food.  I get to eat it when I’m finished.

(Undecided.)

I’m not at all sure about this shot with the apples in the background.  I like it.  But.  Well, I won’t tell you what the “but” is because it is entirely possible my impossible standards for myself are messing up this shot for me.  Rather than color your view, I’m going to keep that “but” to myself and see if you see what it is that is bothering me about this picture.

(Behold!  The Citrus without lots of Ps processing!)

Today’s Outdoor Fun

Snow.  Cold (20’s).  More snow falling.  Skiing.  Me falling.  More snow on the way.

That pretty much sums it up.  I need to get my legs ready for a 90-minute cross-country skiing lesson I’m taking next week.  I will probably be out skiing every day for the next few days.

Since the scenery outside looks the same as it did yesterday, and since I was on skis (not the ideal place for my camera to be), I bring you Colorado mountain photos instead of the usual snow and pond pictures.

(We have to make our way through Denver International Airport first.)

The photos are from our August trip to Colorado to visit with M the Younger and Merdi.

(Somewhere on Trail Ridge Road.  Rocky Mountain National Park.)

After all the whites and grays of winter, it’s nice to rest my eyes on some color.  You might think neutrals such as white and gray would be more restful, but no.  All that white outside makes me squint.  A lot.  Even when the sun isn’t shining.  And when the sun is shining, watch out!  It’s almost blinding.  Sunglasses are a must.

(Wildflowers in the fallen trees.  RMNP.  Colorado.)

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Have a great weekend!


Grand Lake and beyond

We had a grand time in Grand Lake.  I have three days worth of fun and adventure to tell you about but no time to do it.  I’ll have to catch up with this part of the trip when I get home (or on a rainy day during the remainder of the trip).

Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road are as beautiful as I remember.  There do seem to be more trees impacted by the bark beetles that have been killing off conifer trees.  A woman we gave a ride to (her truck broke down not too far from Estes Park) mentioned that they need the temperature to drop to -20 degrees for 10 hours in order for Mother Nature to stop the beetles.  It doesn’t seem likely to happen.

The first photo is of Grand Lake.  The second is a baby elk we saw in the woods near Trail Ridge Road.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to stop by and comment during my auto-posts.  Hopefully there will be more trip-related posts over the next week, time and energy permitting.

Today we’re spending the day with M the Younger and Mere in the Colorado Springs area.  I’m not sure what we’ll be doing but you can bet it will involve hiking and a lot of picture taking.