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Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Growth.

Growth. These small (believe me, they were small) grapes in Napa Valley are getting ready for the harvest later this fall, when they will be turned into wine. Plants, animals, people, grow…but so can buildings, shadows, and waves. What can you share that makes the viewer think of growth?

Last Sunday (29th July) was National Tree Day, and I chose to spend the time in the garden, replanting for spring. I planted up some herbs…

I have been quite taken to cooking with sage recently, so I made sure i got some in my herb bed for this season.

I always have tomatoes but for this season, I’ve only planted cherry tomatoes as I love the texture and size of them. And sweetness, oh so sweet….

My poor leeks, though, are really struggling. They always get eaten way before their time, and I am not the one eating them!

And here is the culprit! Kitty adores to eat the new growth in the garden and the leeks are her personal favourite.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Dreaming.

Dream. We chose this week’s photo challenge subject because it utilizes one technique we love to play around with: long exposures. Sometimes we use a neutral density filter; other times, we go organic and get the aperture, ISO and shutter speed to align perfectly in an effort to give our shots an otherworldly sense of escapism. (Using a long exposure is also a great way to blur people and other unwanted “noise” out of your photo.)

Kitty has a dream…

My kitty has a dream. Maybe that dream is to be a real human and drink from the tap, or to be a lolcat star – I can’t decide which.

Kitty dreams of fine tastes

Recently a parcel from Maggie Beer arrived containing some much awaited verjuice. I was trying to photograph the products when the kitty wanted in on the action. I am pretty sure all the photos have a nose and whiskers in them. She dreams of being the centre of attention…

Kitty dreams what the smells may mean

Kitty smells all new things and I am sure she dreams about hidden kitty enemies. Ahh how she dreams.

Mostly kitty dreams of sun light fields.

This perhaps is the ultimate kitty dream. Kitty is an inside cat and has never been outside. She does however love to sit on the windowsill and watch the happenings of the day, dreaming of fields of clover. Ahh, keep dreaming, Kitty!

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Movement.

How do you show movement in your photos? This photo choice is a very deliberate show of movement through the camera lens and the blurring lights, but how else can you show movement of objects, or of the action that’s happening in your picture? Share a picture that means MOVEMENT to you! 

The Sushi Train

I took this photo this weekend while dining at Sushi Train. The “train” was moving quite fast making it difficult to photograph. When I checked the images last night, I actually really liked this one. A blog post about eating at the Sushi Train will be out this week.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Summer.

Summer. Where you live, summer might be arriving soon, or (if you’re in the southern hemisphere), a fleeting memory. But what signifies summer to you? 

Summer to me is about two things. Food and the outdoors. Lets explore food here and the outdoors on my enviro blog!

Summer fruits are divine. Who can pass up blueberries, raspberries and mangoes? In this household, we adore summer fruits with pancakes and tend to eat them quite frequently. Hmmm, pancakes!

Salads are a gorgeous summer meal. Light but healthy, they typify summer for me. Here, a quiche accompanies a light salad (left) and a grilled chicken salad with mango (right) is sure to tempt.

As summer draws to a close and the mango season has run its course, figs come into the spotlight. I’ve loved featuring figs in my cooking this year with a delicious fig poached in galliano dessert (left) and this gorgeous fig and goats cheese tart (right).

Ahhhh summer…. how I miss you and lament your absence as I steel myself for winters bite!

For my regular readers, the photo on my enviro blog The Environmental Rhi-Source are different from the post here!

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Hands. 

Hands.  Hands can be instrumental in a photo – they emphasis, they hide, they reveal. They can be the star of the show, or just a prop to help the main attraction stand out better.

Cooking is all about hands. It’s about touching and using your hands to work some magic. Even given all the cooking I do, I have very few photos of my hands but I hope you will enjoy this selection.

To make Chicken Cacciatore, one must egg wash and flour the chicken pieces.

And try not to burn your hands like I did here.

Preparing the won tons for our favourite lunch – won ton soup.

One of my favourites – Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls.

I love eating with my hands. Finger foods are an awesome way of grounding ones self. Here I am eating some Laab.

There is something amazing about using finger foods at a communal meal for bring people together. Here, Kat and Joe enjoy the Laab Kat prepared.

Joe and Brittany eat the ultimate finger food – tacos.

I’ve decided to be very game and add one final photo (This edit happened some 12 hours after I originally published this post.) The following photo is of a hand and is perhaps the most precious photo I have. It is the hand of my son, Tyler who died not long after this photo was taken. Tyler would have been 3 this coming July.

My darling Tyler, always missed and never forgotten.

For my regular readers, the photo on my enviro blog The Environmental Rhi-Source is different from the post here!

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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is LATE but here it is nevertheless. This weeks challenge is Blue. 

Blue. We’ve done red before, but what about blue? What do you associate blue with? The sky, the ocean…and what else? See how creative you can get with blue.

I am fairly sure I have shared this photo with you before. I too it a few weeks ago. It’s a 1 metre international class remote-controlled yacht. These amazing little crafts were racing around the lake near home, and I just loved this regal looking little blue number.

For my regular readers, the photo on my environmental blog The Environmental Rhi-Source is different from the post here!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Unfocused. 

Unfocused. You may curse or cheer this week’s theme. We’re looking for that picture which is unfocused. It may be completely intentional, or accidental. You might have thought about trashing it, but in the end it definitely conveys something.

I wish I could say this was a hard challenge, but sadly I have more unfocused photos then sharp ones! I am pretty sure my name is Rhianna “Unfocused” Blackthorn. I hope you will enjoy this selection of “foodie” photos.

Unfocused blender ingredients from Roast Pumpkin and Garlic Soup

Wanna bite of blurry Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni?

Unfocused is as unfocused does when making Buttermilk Chicken.

This Eggy Cabbage recipe was a hit, but this photo sure wasnt!

This Sweet Potato and Lentils Curry dish has become a bit of a favourite here at home, but this photo…

Enthusiastic reader, Narf77 yesterday mentioned that sourdough is the new “in” thing. I think if they saw this blurry, bubbling sourdough starter mess, they’d think twice about it.

One of my favourite lunches, grilled garlic zucchini and leeks on toast suddenly looks like a dogs breakfast…

For my regular readers, the photos on my environmental blog The Environmental Rhi-Source is different from the post here! It’s all original photography of some of the animals I work with. I hope you will enjoy it.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Together. 

This should be a simple challenge for most of you – find a picture of people or things which are together in your picture. Share a picture that means TOGETHER to you! 

This photo was taken very late one night after a birthday party. Joe and I were cuddling in the hallway of a friend’s house, sleepily sharing space and time. It’s common for us to steal moments of intimacy like this – we tend to do it several times a day. This tactile interaction is essential for both of us, and although society frowns on such open displays of affection, we chose to ignore such dogma.

On this occasion, unknown to us, a friend had picked up a camera and had clicked off a few photos. We fell in love with this photo the instant we saw it. Its become to be our “couples” photo. Joe uses it as his Facebook profile picture, and I had it mounted on a piece of wood for our 5th anniversary last December. To us, its our symbol of us – together.

For my regular readers, the photo on my environmental blog The Environmental Rhi-Source is different from the post here! It’s quite a special story and photo and I hope you will enjoy it.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

Every Friday, the fine folk over at The Daily Post issue a weekly photo challenge. This weeks challenge is Two Subjects. In their post, they suggest this “theme” is more of a composition challenge”. This is my entry.

There are actually several things in my post, but the two I wanted to talk about was my garden and my cat.

My Garden

My “garden” (as much as it is) is a collection of reused polystyrene (broccoli) boxes placed on our north facing balcony. We live in a small flat (aka apartment or unit depending on your prospective of the world) in a medium size regional centre. Our home is situated on a busy road, and as such, I have very little to no room for a garden. This is my alternative which happily substitutes our diet with quality fresh produce. I will actually be posting a whole post about my garden in a few days time, so I wont elaborate much more on it today 🙂

My Cat

I adore my kitty. Her name is Zoe, but she is more use to her unofficial names of kitty and precious. We got her as a 7 month old from a no kill rescue organisation. She was the oldest kitty there and as she wasn’t a cute playful kitten any more, was always being over looked. She was also shy and nervous which may not have helped her case much. But for whatever reason, on the day of our visit, she decided to jump into my lap and purr. The rest, as they say, is history. We rescued her from “the kitty orphanage”, and she has become a very important member of our family.

She is de-sexed and will never be bred from – we do not want to contribute to the worlds pet overpopulation issues. What struck us about our visit to “the kitty orphanage” that day is how many kittens there were. How many hundreds of kittens went through the doors of that place while our kitty was looking for a home? How many have since produced more unwanted kittens? How many will end up feral or euthanased?

She sees the outside world through windows and from our balcony when I do my daily gardening. Every day, she watches the birds from the windows, making her excited little chattering. I know if she were to get out of the house, she would kill wildlife. For this reason, she is a strictly inside cat. Pet ownership is about responsibility, not to just feed and vaccinate your pet, but also to ensure that it does not leave a massive carbon footprint.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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