A few of the pooch, bribed to sit still by the treat I held just above the lens….
These were all taken at 1/50, 3.0 ISO 2800-3200. I’m lucky that treat held his attention so well! ;)
I spent some time out in the garden today. It’s been so nice lately, summer has truly arrived!
Last year, I bought a small rhubarb plant, in the hopes that this year I would be able to begin harvesting it for pie making.
Unfortunately, between the too small planter I had it in, the darkness on our Renton deck, and gardener error, that plant died. Slowly, but steadily, one leaf, then the other, turned brown, curled up, and fell off. I was devastated.
I wasn’t going to try again, until I had an actual in the ground place to put it, but….
I bought a new one anyway. I decided that in our new place here in Milton it was more likely to get the sun it needed, and I was more prepared to know how to care for it. The scary thing was though, about a month after I bought it (and planted in a large planter, with plenty of sun) it started showing signs that it wanted to do the same thing! I watched in horror as one leaf turned brown, curled, and fell off, all the while trying basic things like moving it to a better location and monitoring it’s water intake.
Once that first leaf fell off though, I knew I would have to take more pro active steps. So I Googled it.
I quickly found that other people were having the same problem! The solution? Nitrogen.
And the funny thing was, I possessed the solution all along, having purchased a package of blood meal at the beginning of the year.
Anyway, that’s all been about 2 or 3 weeks now. I’ve been watching the plant for any new signs of browning. I happy to report nothing of the sort, and in fact, today I found this new bud of a leaf beginning to grow! I’m so happy the blood meal worked. I did a little happy dance on the spot, before grabbing my camera. I will probably be applying it every few months, because apparently (thanks Google) rhubarb likes nitrogen very, very much. Perhaps even more than I like baking with rhubarb itself!
This dilapidated house caught my eye today as I drove through Black Diamond. I turned around, and headed back for another look (and a photo!). Looking at my photos now, I’m wishing I had gotten closer, to get a more detailed shot of the ivy growing up the side of the building. Well, I don’t think my subject is going anywhere soon…
Not sure that it really works that well tilt shifted..
Another shot today for Eva Ricci Studio‘s Colors of 2013 group.
I have had this for about a week now, but have been to busy with everything else to photograph it.
Today, after several days of Isaac reminding me that he wants to eat this pineapple, I decided it was time to get out my light box and cut into it.
I am trying to recreate the conditions in which I photographed this bell pepper several months ago. Though it is close, I’m not sure I have the lighting set up the same way – I can’t remember! Also, even if the lights were exactly the same, the surface of this pineapple is different than that of the bell pepper. I’m not sure I could get it exactly with such different subjects.
I do have plans to create a series of these fruit and vegetable portraits. I like how they look. I like cutting things in half. ;)
Fellow Blogathoner’s posts for June 11th:
I went looking for photographic inspiration today at a thrift store, and found a cheerfully polka dotty plate, which I purchased.
I brought it home, considering all the while what I should bake to display on it!
Once I came up with the answer, I knew there was nothing more appropriate than blueberry scones!
Other Blogathon posts for you to enjoy!
Or more appropriately: The
Fruits Baked Goods of My Labor.
I spent all day making several different types of treats; an apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, caramel snicker-doodle cookies, butterfinger-type cookies, and lemon almond muffins.
Two things are happening tomorrow, the Maple Valley Parade (in which the teen group from the library will be participating, and need sustenance), and a bake sale fundraiser for a 5k run that one of my co-workers will be running in.
And after I’d finished, and put them all together, I noticed something funny; they’re all the same color! I think I need to diversify.
And a few Blogathon posts for your perusal!
I’d recently read online about an old dairy farm site near here, in the town of Puyallup. Part of the Naches Trail Preserve, it sits on the side of the road, begging to be photographed. It’s called Mayflower Dairy Farm.
I loved exploring this place, lots of old buildings, out buildings, and even some sort of cattle corral-er. I had hoped to get inside, but that was a pipe dream, as every door was (newly) padlocked, and all the windows covered.
And a few other Blogathon posts for June 6th: