24 May 2011

Citrus



It must be lime season somewhere in Australia, for they are tremendously cheap at the moment. It is wonderful to have limes on hand. The juice works with sweet and savoury foods. At one point, I was squeezing it over double chocolate ice cream as well as soaking my grated apple for muesli in it. With winter coming, beating scurvy is an imperative, so I juiced a kilo and froze the juice. Without an ice-cream maker, I could only make a half-hearted attempt at making sorbet; but, at the same time, I added a little sugar to the juice of lemons, limes and oranges, froze them separately and stirred infrequently. Having bought calcium ascorbate powder, instead of my usual Vitamin C pills, I can mix the powder with a little frozen juice and water to drink.

My muesli recipe is now quite advanced. Rolled oats, barley or triticale are mixed with pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chopped dried apricot, dried cranberries and nuts – pecans for preference. Then I mix a grated apple (Granny Smith) with lime juice, or lemon juice, which prevents oxidisation. Frozen raspberries go in with the apple and citrus juice too. Combine everything with Greek Yoghurt. It can sit for a day or two in the fridge and the taste will improve.

Last night I baked biscuits with :

  • barley
  • golden syrup
  • dates
  • butter
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • pecan
  • flour
  • dark chocolate
  • cranberries




They taste really good this morning.

I also cooked:

  • green beans with pine nuts, pepitas, butter and light sour cream
  • braised broccoli with garlic, lemon, olive oil and butter
  • zucchini roasted with sun-dried tomato oil

but that all dissapeared for dinner.

While I was making dinner, I also made a few days supply of muesli. Mixed a jar of yoghurt with cinnamon and honey too. It was really just a competition in the kitchen to see how many things I could do at once!

Oh, I just remembered that I made guacamole at the same time. I can eat that for lunch I guess.

12 May 2011

Leaf Obsession Continues










This is a collection of bits and pieces I decided to gather for later use


I am borne on the wind of a waxing crescent
Through a world of floating leaves,
Look then to a new breeze ever old
If this my story would you hold.

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Although I am spending my day at a desk,
My heart is a bird in a tree
And my sunshine-mind
Is flying free
In God's glory.

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O Brother in the Eternal Lover

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You are a gift from the earth
Choose your sign, your ever wine
A token of your sacrifice
Some high design
And make a gift to the earth

You are a gift from the earth
A cup to drink from
Choose your sign, your ever wine
A token of some high design
And taste the fleeting time

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Drunk people trying to say French words must be the source of half the English words. Seriously, in the gin-soaked ports all across the harbour and then the city caught fire for the sake of loaves. Check the etymology of February and the history of London.

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‎"I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love's camels take, that is my religion and my faith." Mohyuddin Ibn 'Arabi

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Warm and fair laid,
Repose in the curve
Of my belly's glade,
Fragrant oint of woman's verve.

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How lovely looks the vesper lake
Between the creeping brake -
Every line in every book
And each mote in hidden nook
Have gathered to salute the day
Upon the gilden plate
Of water's rest.

(nest?)

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Would like to spend a week in some sylvan glade, undiscovered - except by me obviously - with sweetly singing streams and dreaming dryads who speak in butterfly sonnets. I will nap mostly.

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“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”

Thomas Jefferson (on the importance of bacon)

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Be a star.
It's a big sky,
There's room for you to shine.
The night is so wide,
We need everyone to shine.

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Let us conjubilant gather
Here beneath the trees
And the applause
Of all the leaves.

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The Church of the everlasting song,
Where all brothers and sisters get along.

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Somebody said to me today, "I can hear your heart." It made me cry and fall in love. We held hands afterwards. Oh, you're such a good Doctor.

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Art is the necessity of invention.

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Anche, la musica e il mio cuore.
L'ucelli canti nell' fiori.
Quando mi amore balla
sopra la faccia nella luna
mi fa pazza per dolore.

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Something about coming out the floor to one day make a door.


Liquidambar styraciflua










Leaves: Alternate, three to five inches long, three to seven inches broad, lobed, so as to make a star-shaped leaf of five to seven divisions, these divisions acutely pointed, with glandular serrate teeth. The base is truncate or slightly heart-shaped. They come out of the bud plicate, downy, pale green, when full grown are bright green, smooth, shining above, paler beneath. In autumn they vary in color from yellow through crimson to purple. They contain tannin and when bruised give a resinous fragrance. Petioles long, slender, terete. Stipules lanceolate, acute, caducous.

Series










11 May 2011

Still Leaves









Bokeh

暈け or ボケ




Define and discuss:

the effective replication of the subconscious elimination of extraneous detail by our perception when we concentrate on something

also

Why wouldn't a tree want to be loved too and suggest beauty to everyone?

This is a film constructed from a walk through nature at its many different times. It is only small files and I need a digital workflow to make it from all the RAW files I have. I think I will probably just shoot in raw and large jpegs from now on and do more editing as I go.



Nonetheless, I like that every bit of the journey is included.

The scientists say, "The depth of field is the region where the size of the circle of confusion is less than the resolution of the human eye."

What is a polygon?









If you enlarge the second picture as much as possible in your browser, then can be seen the seeds not yet fallen from the miniature pine cones. Amazing how nature replicates its shapes. An appreciation for nature's Beauty is an inestimable charm in the Eye of God.

More pictures soon.