Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On the Cutting Board

I've been intrigued by those who take photos of  food...
either while at restaurants or while preparing food in the kitchen.

A few nights ago, cooking dinner in the kitchen,
I made time for a spare minute or two to take some quick snaps.

As I was cutting up the green onions,
I kept the stringy heads from immediately going
into the trash, keeping them on the cutting board.

I took a few photos on the cutting board,
then moved them to a black plate, which didn't take long either.

The lighting is different from the counter-top to being
under the stove's hood light.

I guess what took the longest time to do was to download them!
Reviewing the photos, I choose these two
below 'cause some of the others
were either too blurry or crooked!

I did add some shadows and cropped the photos a little to cut
out the clutter of the kitchen.
(Hey, when there's a meal in progress, there's bound to be a mess)

Green Onions on Cutting Board
Above, the initial thought was to take a photo to show the depth of field.
I think the photo could have been better if I had added a little bit more
space between them, stretching the lines out just a bit longer.

Green Onions on Black Plate

I like how this photo shows the
different areas of focus...
The right side of the photo is clear, while the left
is a bit fuzzy and the middle
is a complete blur.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lawnmower Power


Can't you smell the just-cut grass?

The grass seems to grow as fast as it's
cut with all the rain we've been receiving lately.

Today, I was able to spend sometime outdoors,
listening to the chirps of the birds
and the buzzing of the cicadas 
hiding in the leafy trees.  

I watched the clouds float away
and cars roll by.
I saw the leaves of the trees
being shuffled by a light breeze.

I didn't see the grass grow while I was out there,
but I'm pretty sure by tomorrow,
I'll have noticed that too.

It was a good day,
being able to take in all of this
from my front porch.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Doggone Cute Photos

In one of my previous posts,
I introduced our dog, Shelby, a fox terrier mix.

In this photo, she's giving you the
"I've got the sweetest face ever" look that
sometimes works when she wants a treat or
just some attention.

Shelby - Fox Terrier mix
Even though she would have preferred to remain
the only (and, thus favorite) furry pet of the house,
Shelby now has a lil' brother...Bentley!

He's about a 2 year old yorkie mix..we think :)

Bentley - Yorkie mix

Bentley is playful, somewhat protective
(barks when the doorbell rings) and
just has that mischievous look about him.

He's quick to learn, likes going for walks
and is super-curious!

Aside from a little jealousy from time to time,
these two get along pretty good,
which makes life that much easier.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Curbside Caterpillar

Caterpillar on Curb While taking photos outside,
I noticed a little movement
out of the corner of my eye.
This lil' caterpillar was really moving too.
I scooped him up and placed him on the grass,
but by the time I got him in my sights,
he had already reached the curb.
Sometimes, 'ya gotta be quick
and even then, it's not fast enough!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

After the Flood

Earlier this week, the rain kept fallin',
causing some flooding in Gruene
and surrounding areas in Texas.

The flooding occured in the early morning hours
and subsided as the day wore on.

There were many photos being
circulated online as things were happening -
it's amazing to see how fast things like that
get posted online.

I walked out to the bridge - that was recently
re-constructed to be a bit
higher to allow for tubers to safely
travel beneath it - and saw that
the water easily rose above it.

Mother Nature is a powerful force
and can be scary and amazing at the same time....

After the Flood: Debris on Bridge in Gruene TX, Jun 9, 2010

After the Flood: Rise and Fall of the Guadalupe River Jun 9, 2010