I took advantage of natural light the other day to photograph some citrus.
Top Left: Tangelo
Top Right: The smallest two are kumquats from my own potted tree.
Bottom Left: Meyer lemons
Bottom Right: SatsumaLeave a comment
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I chose today’s photo by blindly scrolling through a folder of images. This photo was taken on August 3, 2008. I remember purchasing these chanterelle mushrooms from my weekly trip to the farmers market but I don’t recall what I made with them. No matter, this picture is a good reminder that I need to get on signing up for some kind of wild mushroom foraging class this spring. I started off the year crossing off a couple of items from my life to-do list. Might as well keep going for the gold while I’m on a roll. Let’s get this done!
When I didn’t have time to sign up for a course in the fall I went ahead and bought myself a new guide to edible mushroom foraging called, “The Edible Mushroom Book.” The book is a very good beginner’s guide with lots of detailed photographs and instructions to help prevent terrible, unfortunate accidents, but I’ll admit that while it is nice to look at the pictures and daydream I don’t plan to go out and give it a whirl without a professional guide. I ate mushrooms off the front lawn when I was five; lots and lots of forced puking followed by an overnight hospital stay turned out to be a hands-on lesson that I’ve never been able to forget.Leave a comment
I found this guerilla patch of green shiso growing in the alley behind a high rise apartment building in my neighborhood. I took this picture last summer but first discovered the garden when we were shooting bike riding scenes for Recreating Eden. I’ve been back a few times since but have not managed to run into the gardener. Eventually…Leave a comment
This last trip to Cuba was one of many firsts including a few from my life to-do list, one of which was to ride on a horse. And now that I’ve done it I probably won’t do it again. My ass thanks me in advance. I definitely will not do it again in a place where there are no certainties about the care of the animals. I worried for my little horse and wondered about all the heavy tourist butts she had been forced to bear in her lifetime of servitude.
The horseback trip we took was a short, but painful jaunt to a waterfall up in the mountains. The waterfall itself was interesting, although not remarkable. What was amazing were the plants! I particularly loved the wall covered in epiphytic plants (air plants) shown in the photo above. Wouldn’t you love to have that in your living room? Those strange snake-like plants on the left side are epiphytic cactus. And the big-leaved vine in the foreground and left background? Philodendron!Leave a comment