Thursday, September 29, 2022

Beans in Water

We eat dry beans that we soak and cook ourselves; they're not from cans. So it is not an uncommon occurrence for beans to be soaking overnight in a pot on the stove. The other day I looked in the pot and decided the water was particularly still and that, despite theoretically being distorted in appearance by being below the surface, the beans were still fairly clear to the eye. Naturally, I had to take a photo or two.

We cook various types of white beans, among others. We think these photos are of organic navy beans purchased at the local farmers market, and not cannellini, but I'm not 100% sure, as they appear to be considerably more colorful than most photos of navy beans on the internet, and the farmer's packaging had been discarded.
These were taken hand-held with my macro lens using natural light at 1/20 sec. at f2.8.
The photos got me wondering if, like snowflakes, no two beans are exactly alike, certainly not ones with patterns and wrinkles on them like these.

Good thing I didn't accidentally drop the camera into the pot!

Beans in Water #1

Beans in Water #2

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Jaguar Show

I went to a Jaguar show in Sudbury recently. The event was the 2022 Concours d'Elegance, and it was put on by the Jaguar Association of New England (JANE). I don't know much about Jaguar vehicles, so I didn't really understand all the different models or the history, but I still found some fun photos to take of these very stylish cars. Naturally, they were playing some Jaguar and other car songs through the speaker system while I was there; most were British groups, including Beatles songs. The Jaguar's British heritage was the *one* thing I previously knew about for sure.

The Cockpit is Ready

Special trunk insert:

Supersized Briefcase

This hood ornament is the real deal:

This Jaguar has Teeth

Light My Way

Gauges with Grain

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Monday, September 5, 2022

July 2022 Blooms

Below are photos of some July blooms, all taken in our garden.
Plus one bee.

Here's that bee on butterfly weed:

Bee On Yellow

Echinacea Study

This is tall phlox:

Up Swirls

Always a standout every year, the very "tropical" looking crocosmia is pictured below. I got a kick out of this partial description of crocosmia on Wikipedia: "They have colourful inflorescences of 4 to 20 vivid red and orange subopposite flowers on a divaricately (horizontally) branched stem."

Budding Crocosmia

This is yucca plant in the foreground:

Circles of Light

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Scenes from Ogunquit

We spent a few days in Ogunquit, Maine enjoying a nice vacation away from the usual routines of home, and also to celebrate our anniversary. Ogunquit has a lot to offer to unwind and relax. We did a fair amount of walking, especially on the famous "Marginal Way" coastal walk going back and forth on it a few times. See the first photo below. Though we've been to Ogunquit before, we were happy to visit again.

View from Marginal Way

House Sparrow on Rock

Surf's Up

Radiating Flower

Splash of Yellow

Pink Peone

Bird Reflected

Piping Plover on Ogunquit Beach

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Wells, Maine

During an anniversary trip to Ogunquit, Maine, we traveled a short distance north to Wells, and visited the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. We were delighted to observe the natural beauty of this area, as shown in the photos below.

Wells Estuary - 1

Wells Estuary - 2

Wells Beach - 1

Wells Beach - 2

Wells Beach - 3

Piping Plover Pose

This is a gray catbird.

Gray on Gray

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Park Places

Here are a few selected photos from the Arnold Arboretum, Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, and one from the park otherwise known as our front yard.

This first one is taken at Arnold Arboretum. This was a *huge* tree that had a full canopy of leaves and branches which came to the ground all around.  One could "enter" between the leaves and look up, which I did for this shot.

Leaves Above

My son and I visited Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and saw several Red-winged Blackbirds. Here's a male:

Tongue Tied

This photo below is of a female Red-winged Blackbird. They look completely different from the males; it was much easier to identify this bird after seeing all the other (male) Red-winged Blackbirds in the area.

Bird Alert

Surface Bloom

I took this next photo of a robin while sitting on our front step. We have a cherry tree in our front yard that birds totally love in June when the cherries appear. Sometimes the birds get so "drunk" on cherries they run into our windows when flying away. We're always alarmed when we hear the thud of bird against a window. Thankfully, they usually survive the encounter.

Eyeing Cherries

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

June 2022 Blooms

Here are some selected blooms from the month of June. These flowers are all in our garden.

Featured are mountain laurel, Fourth of July roses, and baptisia. Plus one bee enjoying the baptisia.

June 2022 Blooms - 1

June 2022 Blooms - 2

June 2022 Blooms - 3

June 2022 Blooms - 4

June 2022 Blooms - 5

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