Sunday, January 31, 2016

Yoga hydrant.

The rarely seen water pose.

For Martina, Crab creatures move to a new level.

 As we both know, hydrants eventually metamorphosize into these stalkers. I think, in the photo below, that I have caught one in it's chrysalis!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hydrant, St. John's Town Center

Purple, red and red.

More frost damaged elephant ears

 Four more views of frost damaged Elephant ear leaves.

Egrets, Intra Coastal Waterway, Roscoe

 We had a tiny fog last week and I went out on the dock and took these. I think that I like the bottom one better.

Hickory bole and Heavenly bamboo, Roscoe

This is our hickory tree, down by the water in back. The plant with red berries is nankin, or heavenly bamboo. It is not a bamboo, nor is it heavenly anymore, as Florida has it listed as an invasive species. It has lovely leaves that change color in the winter. It is the only one we have and is quite slow growing. I'll probably pull it up in the spring as I don't want to help an invader.

Shadows and reflections, Roscoe, Holga

Evening light, Jacksonville Beach

It is only in the winter that we occasionally get crystal clear light, low in the sky, with little or no moisture in the air. The shadows get blacker and the colors glow. It is like ice cream to my eyes.

Monoliths, MSD

Five trees, four trees, Solana Rd.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Near frost, Garden, Roscoe

Tropical plants are amazing. Through very high heat (100f/37.8c) and either drought or days of soaking rain, these elephant ears (colocasia) don't even flinch. They just get bigger and spread underground. But let there be one night of temperatures between 35f/1.7c and 40f/4.4c and they just turn brown and die back to the ground. They'll be back.

Jacksonville Beach

Sort of the opposite of the two posts below. black and white, taken with one of my sharpest lenses, the 25mm Leica f/1.4 for micro 4/3.

Shadows, Jacksonville Beach

Pastels, Jacksonville Beach

I love the way the cheap, plastic, Holga lens renders colors.

Taillights, MSD

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Last tomatoes, I think, garden

Due to the El Nino, we have had a glorious Autumn and early Winter. The garden has just never completely shut down. The last two nights have been about 35f (1.7c) and that should stop new fruit from setting. I have never gone this deep into the year with edible summer veggies. My winter crop of cabbage, kohlrabi and collards is doing fine.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Vegan Pantry baguette, Roscoe

I was given a book for Christmas  called The Homemade Vegan Pantry. It is a collection of recipes for vegans to make their own staples, meat and dairy free. I am not a vegan. Both of my daughters and my granddaughter are. I realize the health benefits of vegan eating but have an ingrained love of certain meats and dairy. I have changed many a habit. This is my first try making the baguette recipe from the book. It is very simple and basic. You mix flour (King Arthur bread flour is highly recommended.) salt, yeast and water and then let them sit for 12-24 hours, in a covered bowl. Then you turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into a baguette. Let it rise for another hour and then bake it for 30 minutes and this is the result. It was delicious, crusty, chewy and firm. I will make this many times again.

Jacksonville Beach

Sunday, January 10, 2016

For Martina

Next time you want to do a tasting, I have the place for you(-:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Palm trunk, Roscoe

We have had a run of Carl Weese days. Low contrast, gray light. This brings out the subtle colors as opposed to our usual bright sunlight.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Large, bald man, New Year's Day, 2016, PVIC

No children were scared this day.

Wonderful nice woman, New Year's Day 2016

It was 72f (22.2C) and the beach was crowded......until it rained.