May 6, 2015

Red Bird



This dude stopped by tonight!  Now I am not a bird photographer. I just don’t have the patience to wait for them to get done being scared of me. I get bored and go do something else.




But this red guy was just standing there in the grass!  I had time to go get my camera




and he was still there!




So I got a little closer.




and a little closer,




and a little closer. He never moved, just turned his head  and looked.




This the closest I’ll probably ever get to a cardinal or any other bird.

When I was done photographing him he flew away.

He probably only wanted a selfie.

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Apr 27, 2015

Macro view of a boring rainy day

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I remember my friend saying he loved a macro lens because he could spend the whole day in his own back yard getting great photos.

Here is what I found on a boring rainy day!


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ISO 500  f/3.2 1/160 sec  105mm


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ISO-800   f/4.5    1/60 sec   105mm


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ISO-800   f/5    1/60 sec   105mm


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ISO-800   f/5    1/60 sec   105mm



ISO-200   f/5    1/100 sec   105mm

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Apr 6, 2015

Mint & Cilantro Chutney

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I finally made Mint cilantro chutney! I first was introduced to this green sauce at an India fest last year. At first I was afraid it was too hot and spicy for me but I was bold and tried it anyway on the fried little somethings that I’ve forgotten the name of but are really good. Then I was at a party and Indian friends were putting this green chutney on their pepperoni pizza!

They all told me making mint cilantro chutney was easy and they were pretty much right.


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I started with a handful of mint,


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a green chili


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that I took the seeds out of because I was scared that it was going to be too hot.


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Into a food processor I put lemon juice,


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chilies chopped,


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red pepper,


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and cumin seeds.


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and blended it all up. Done. Easy.


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That’s it. Refrigerate up to a week.



Mint & Cilantro Chutney

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint 
  • 1 hot green chili pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon water or as needed to make the chutney of a pesto consistency
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • salt to taste

lend/puree all ingredients above  until smooth.

Serve as condiment, salad dressing, dip or spread.

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Mar 29, 2015

The new king of the shed






This is Harry, he used to look more like this.  He adopted us a few years ago. He was sorta friendly but sorta standoff-ish. He didn't really like to come in the house. He didn’t sit on laps and didn’t let people thump his belly and say “Kitty Witty” nope, he preferred to sleep under the sunflowers at the edge of the garden. But all in all he had a pretty good gig, he was king of the shed.


But that changed one cold january day.


A young male looking for friends showed up and everything changed!




Meet Kawi.  The friendly young guy who came to challenge Harry.




He climbs legs for an extra pat on the head you might’ve forgotten to give.




Harry had his honor and shed to defend. He was not impressed with a cat who kisses up to humans.

There were subsequent stand offs.

And numerous all out tumbling, fur flying, biting, scratching, gravel flinging cat fights over the issue.




Kawi likes to come in and say hello.  Kawi is a jolly good fellow, he’ll even stand on his back legs for a French fry. He even begged for dog biscuits with the dog.




Harry now is a one up ear and one down ear cat. He no longer challenges Kawi to a fight.




Instead he closes his eyes and mumbles a few lines from that Bobby Bare song

  You gotta speak loud when you challenge me son cause it's hard for me to hear
With this twisted neck and these migraine pains and this big ole cauliflower ear
And if it wasn't for this glass eye of mine why I'd she'd a happy tear
To think of all that you gonna get by bein' a winner
I got arthritic elbows boy I got dislocated knees
From pickin' fights with thunderstorms and chargin' into trees
And my nose been broke so often I might lose if I sneeze
And son you say you still wanna be a winner
Now you remind me a lotta my younger days with your knuckles a clenchin' white
But boy I'm gonna sit right here and sip this beer all night
And if there's somethin' that you gotta gain to prove by winnin' some silly fight
Well okay I quit I lose you're the winner




Kawi seems a little disappointed.




But there’s always next time, maybe tomorrow.

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Mar 17, 2015

Peacocks are…



Peacocks are beautiful.



Peacocks are Loud.




Peacocks are very loud.




Peacocks make a very loud bird squawk,




Then there's the air horn/snort/goose honk.




And if that wasn't enough they randomly make this bird squawk/meow that's really loud and annoying.



Plus the feather fluffing showing off their tail thing would be alright if he hadn't insisted on walking up to us and showing us his butt feathers and the backside of all his feathers! (for a very long time I might add)




If they weren't beautiful colored I don’t think anyone would keep them!




Peacocks are beautiful.

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Mar 13, 2015

Mouthwatering and inspiring

I just found this beautiful collection of mouthwatering food photos! The photography and food styling is outstanding and inspiring!


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If you have a free minute or an hour check out the collection here


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