Posted in Photography

Jumping Spider Pose

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Jumping Spider

The highlight of yet another dreary day was finding this little gem of a spider, jumping around in Baby Girl’s bouncy seat. I am not joking that this spider was tiny. It was smaller than the smallest of a newborn infant’s nails, and then, maybe even smaller than that. When I caught this spider jumping in the corner of my eye I almost thought it was a speck of dust hopping around. When I realized what it was, I grabbed my camera. By then, Baby Girl had caught wind that something was up; something is ALWAYS up when Mama makes a mad dash to grab her camera!

I was able to coax the spider onto my baby ivy plant, in hopes of discouraging those pesky little aphids that my plants have been dealing with. I welcome this little spider if it means that it will help my plants out. I also welcome this little spider as long as it STAYS a little spider LOL!

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Posted in Flower photography

PHOTO FLASHBACK: The Zinnia and the Bee

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The Zinnia and the Bee

It’s that time of year that is the purgatory between winter and spring, as the two seasons battle it out to see who will reign. Winter knows that its time is short, yet does not quite want to yield its frosty grip upon us to spring. Spring is anxious to start fresh and anew.

I, like spring, am fresh and anew with ideas…well, I’m trying to be anyways! I share this photo flashback with you, one of my favorite shots from last year (2015). I’m not too sure why exactly this is one of my favorites, as I took a handful of decent photos last spring and summer. I look forward to being able to take similar shots this year with my first DSLR, which will not only allow me crisper shots, but also room to edit without losing quality of my photos. I was thinking about making this as a print to sell, but I’m gonna hold out for a better shot this year.

The beauty of spring is right around the corner. The little bit of snow that we got yesterday will soon be a distant memory as we will soon be frolicking in the sun, chasing bees among the zinnias!

Posted in NCPR Artwork of the Day, Photography, Vegan Blog

Crappy Pics and Experimental Stew

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The Crystal Calls!

It’s a good day to make stew…and take very bad pics of crystals LOL! Hopefully my stew will not turn out as bad as this pic, but stew, like photography, takes practice.

Have I ever mentioned that I am a mad scientist? I tend to think outside of the box. I am in an experimental mood today and just made up my stew concoction on a whim. I soaked yellow eyed beans and lentils overnight and made a base from a cup of them. If it comes out good, I shall post the recipe. If not, you’re stuck with this crappy picture for now! 🙂

See my crappy pic featured as Artwork of the Day on NCPR here:

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/todaysart.html?feedsrc=id&id=25958984010

 

Posted in Diary of a Lily, Photography

Great Minds See Alike

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Photo by C.Kulo

Great minds think alike, so they say. Great eyes see alike as well.  My parents call it ESPN as a joke, when I pick up on others vibes, and vice versa. My 11 year old son is no exception when it comes to photography. He has a pretty good eye for composition so far and yesterday, he took the above, unedited picture of my lily with my Coolpix camera.

When we were going to edit, I got confused for a minute there as to how my picture of my lily ended up on my Coolpix that Cejay was using. He insisted it was his, and I opened my lily pic to compare, the resemblance was uncanny. There is a bit of a difference, but not much! (I’m guessing that if we had edited his pic we could have gotten it to look even more alike mine!)

Below is my edited pic featured in The Though Gallery a few days ago…doal_033

I love that my love for photography is infectious. What a brilliant way to occupy a pre-teen’s mind while teaching him such an enjoyable hobby. There’s a whole world out there to see, through the lens of our cameras!

Posted in Diary of a Rose, Flower photography, Photography, Plant Life

Diary of a Rose: First Entry

 

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23rd March, 2016

Dear Diary,

It is kinda lonely being the only rose here on the bush. The Caretaker is always fussing over me since she brought me home from the store a few weeks ago. The Minion Caretaker made a mess of me a couple times and almost totally uprooted me but Caretaker saved me. She repotted me and pruned me back a bit and now there are so many new buds forming. Soon I shall have company!

It is a dreary day today. The Caretaker took my picture so that she could use it as a Photo of the Day submission on the NCPR website. Lily was featured as Photo of the Day yesterday and The Caretaker was quite pleased. She entered my picture today to NCPR. Caretaker may say how pretty Lily makes the room smell, but I know she thinks I make the room look prettier. She is always showing me off to anyone that comes over, bragging about how pretty I am. I may not be as fragrant as Lily, but I sure dazzle the eyes!

I love my new home and all of the attention I get. I get to enjoy the company of a few other plants while sunning myself all day. Since being repotted my branches have stretched right out and before long there won’t be room for many of the other plants without me touching them. From what I hear, a couple of the plants, the Kalenchoes, will be going into dormancy soon, leaving plenty of room for me on the cabinet!

 

Posted in Diary of a Lily, Flower photography, Photography, Plant Life

Enter the Easter Lily

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First entry of Diary of a Lily

I woke up today with nine plants adorning my living room. I now have added this beautiful Easter Lily to my little jungle, thanks to Baby Girl’s cousin. Finally, we have flowers that fill our living room with the floral fragrance that I have been missing all winter long.

I welcome the sweet floral fragrance invading my living room right now. While my cabin fever has subsided a bit, my spring fiver has risen a few degrees.  In the meantime, I shall be able to get some lilies for my catalogue! 🙂

 

Posted in Diary of a Rose, Flower photography, Photography, Plant Life

Rose Fever

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There’s a lot of fever goin here lately: cabin fever, spring fever, and now rose fever. I started off this year with just one lonely plant, my Ivy, and now I have nine decorating my living room.

Like children, it’s a joy to watch plants grow. I get such a feeling of confidence to know that I’ve been successful in my plant endevours. I’ll be honest, I am kinda partial to my Kordana roses at this point in time, because I have been looking forward to seeing roses all winter long.

“A Diary of a Rose” is born, a catalogue of my Kordana roses, that I will be blogging all spring and summer. I don’t know about any of you fellow flower lovers out there, but I know I look forward to the beauty of it all!

 

Posted in Diary of a Rose, Flower photography, Photography, Plant Life

Vernal Equinox 2016

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It’s the first (calendar) day of spring, the day I have been counting down to for the past 150 days (since Halloween to be exact), and though it’s sunny, it’s a brisk 30 something degrees out there today. Two weeks ago I declared it spring when I shot some tulips starting to make their debut for spring. Since then, it has snowed and felt more like winter than most of the past 150 days.

Oh what a long winter it’s been, having a VERY gently used Nikon D40 that I haven’t been able to get out with much. While I have practiced with it taking various random indoor shots all winter long, I’d rather be outside shooting Mother Nature.

In the meantime, I shall continue to diary of a Kordana rose as it unfurls, blossom by blossom. The above is the second rose to bloom since I have had it…I said good-bye to the very first flower here…

https://thoughtgalleryblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/ode-to-my-rose/

Happy Vernal Equinox…it’s springtime somewhere!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Crockpot recipes, tofu, Vegan Blog

Eggplant and Carrot Curry Tofu Pasta

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Tofu…the final frontier for me to conquer, and I think I have been doing well for the first few times I have made.

As I mentioned yesterday, I was creating an eggplant and carrot curry. I have been trying to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to incorporate eggplant into our diet. Frankly, I am not a fan of eggplant on its own, but as I discovered last night while making a sauce with it, it’s fantastic!

Here’s how I made it (I’ll forewarn you, it’s about 5 hours of prep, but it’s so worth it!)

 

1 medium eggplant (see below how I prepared)

4-5 carrots

28 can of crushed tomatoes

half package of frozen stir fry peppers and onions

Curry seasoning

Ginger powder

Salt

Olive oil

Package tofu

Basil

 

Clean and cut eggplant into slices. Place on cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt to draw water out. Wait about a half hour and gently squeeze excess water out of slices and replace on sheet. Pat dry, removing excess salt and water, and brush with an olive oil and curry mixture. (You don’t need a lot, just enough to cover the eggplant) Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

In a blender, combine eggplant slices, carrots, few sprinkles of basil,  ginger and curry  seasoning and blend on high speed for a few minutes. Place into crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours.

Start pressing tofu about an hour and half before the sauce will be done. Cut tofu into little cubes. Put a couple tablespoons of olive oil into  large pan and toss in frozen peppers and onions with tofu. Sautee for a few minutes and put sauce in with mixture. Add sauce to the pan for tofu to soak up taste and simmer for about ten minutes.

Serve over your favorite pasta (we used rotini for this one) and ENJOY! Nutritious, delicious and animal free. I personally think this is one of my best vegan meals I have come up with yet. The eggplant and carrot pair well with the curry, their tastes blending into an awesome symphony of taste! Honestly, if someone had given me this sauce and not told me, I would not have guessed that there were carrots or eggplant in this sauce.