I am not a fan of washing dishes, or housework in general, so modern conveniences like dishwashers are much appreciated. However, some things are just not meant to be sent through the dishwasher. These include wooden cooking utensils, such as this one made by my husband, teflon pans, Le Creuset, and so on.
And, besides not liking housework, I must admit there are times when immediacy is a true pleasure. That pleasure can be found with the digital camera! If you have been following along here, you know that film is by far the dominant photo force these days, but yesterday after spending several hours cleaning up the side patio of last year’s dead things, it was nice to pull out the Df and wander around. I wandered around the house, the back yard, posed my vase of daffs, observed my porch lamps, and so on. Nothing exciting, just enjoyable. The dogs were even well behaved and I got a couple of cute ones there, too.
So, en route to the Valley – the San Fernando Valley to be specific – I will drop off a roll at the nearby photo lab – and await its return. Meanwhile, the Df is back in action, and will be now that the weather has sweetened up a bit. Digital and film are great companions when you are out and about.
Today is a day to spend cleaning up the side patio – aka “The Dog-Free Zone” or DFZ – getting rid of dead, dried stems, old planting soil, digging up bulbs to replant and share. The usual gardening stuff. And, to plant some peppers: Mirasol chilis.
There is something that got my eye with these chilis. The plant is tall and upright, and the peppers stick upright, like fingers, from the far end of the stalk. The flavor is good, too.
So, into some coconut planting containers to see if, in SoCal, I can get these seeds to germinate in our mild weather. I plan to date the planting containers and move through them over a course of several weeks to see if they will pop up. No idea if they are self-fertilizing, so we will see what we will see.
Nothing like spring cleaning before spring planting!
Christmas Day. 12 years old and quite the character! And about 5 or 6 inches taller than me. We figure he’ll stop around 6’6″ (1.98m).
Beds are so symbolic.
Go to sleep!
Dreamland. A place to retreat. A place to renew. Love.
For some reason, I thought this would be a good photo with which to start the new year.
As we close the lights on the last year, the last decade, let us hope that there is light to be had in an increasingly worrisome world.
One more day for the B&W photography project! What an experience this has been. I think my biggest lesson learned here is looking at light and dark – contrast – something which color so easily hides for me as I see a million shades of green when I look at grass. How light plays against other things, too, is a big lesson. Light on a ridge top against the one beyond it. Light on the edge of a trunk. Shadows on a wall. I have also learned that red and green often merge in film photography or conversion of color to digital. As a result, learning how to manipulate software is another lesson.
I like setting goals that are simple. The goal of one black and white photo per day made me limited in what I could do – sometimes I broke it to get a sip of color – but infinite in its potential. Simple goals allow for complexity as advancement in a goal develop. Complex goals are restraints against experience. I have goals for 2020 (you can read about them here) with regards to photography, but other goals, too. I would like to say one goal is to be more focused on one thing, but for me, it’s anathema to my magpie personality! Simple goals but lots of them is more my style.
Home. Purse, wallet, keys. Dumped. Done for the day.
It’s always fun to get out of your own neighborhood and into someone else’s and just walk. I’ve been here once before, but during the daylight hours. At night or in the gloaming, this bit of sidewalk could lead to disaster . . .
The preparations for the Christmas season are done! We had oodles to do as we hosted the family at our house Christmas Day. Now it is time to return to the mundane world and enjoy mundane things, like thinking about what to do rather than having to focus on this project or that. Getting out the drawing supplies is one thing to begin those thoughts.
Sometimes things lend themselves very well to black and white conversion. Sometimes they don’t. I had to work to even get the lamp’s post to show. At one point the light looked like teeth floating in the middle of nowhere. I can’t say I am thrilled with the results of the B&W conversion, but I was amused by those teeth for quite awhile.