Thursday, September 29, 2022

Beans in Water

(See also below the first two photos for an update to the original post.)

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 white beans, black beans, and pinto beans. These first two photos below are of organic pinto beans purchased at the local farmers market.
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

The very next day, we were soaking black beans. They were too dark to photograph while in the water. Sitting just out of the water, after soaking, they looked like the two photos below. Note that black beans turn purple after soaking!

Black Beans #1

Black Beans #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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