Saturday, February 16, 2013

Straw - A Natural Art Form

Straw - A Natural Art Form

After visiting The Russian Art Museum in Mpls. my friends and I went for a fun and delicious lunch break at the Wise Acre Eatery.  While lunch was filled with lots of giggles and yummy Moraccan Squash Soup, we all had lots of fun photographing the environment inside and out.

I was caught up photographing the straw formations that were on display in the front of the building; quite interesting all the twists and turns the straw was shaped.

Oil and Vinegar, 2013

Oil and Vinegar

Don't usually do "product placements" but I had a really good experience at a local store called Vinaigrette MN.  I came in with a bottle of Olive Oil from Palestine that was a gift from our friend Dale Stuepfert.
The friendly staff and owner tasted the sample and helped me find the olive oil that had the most similar quality and taste.

In fact we even went on to do additional "fun" tastings that included the most delicious combination of Orange Oil Olive and Fig Vinegar.  yummy yummy.  I recommend it, if you haven't tried it before.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winter Morning View

Winter Morning View

Up early in the morning and felt like tackling the morning snow fall.

When I was finally finished I just had to look up and enjoy the view.
Snow topped branches and trees and  lots of birds flying overhead.

ahhh the beauty of winter in Minnesota!

Valentine Greeting Card

Valentine Greeting Card

Tulips for Valentine's Day

Tulips for Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Visual Poetics, 2013

Visual Poetics
"How do I love thee, let me count the ways"

As I was photographing this arrangement I was thinking of two totally different things:

*My niece, Kristi, who LOVES tulips might enjoy this image reproduced for herself.

*"Sabbath" a favorite book of poems by author Wendell Berry.  His book centers around his poetic meditations on the Sabbath day from the perspective of his landscape, farm, crops, people and weather.

Many of my favorite floral portrait sessions are created on a Sunday, which was the Sabbath day in my family of origin.  I'd like to think that they are my visual poetics on the Sabbath.

My floral portraits are not random snap shots since I do work hard at creating the best possible image with lighting, equipment and the arrangement of the piece.  To me they symbolize a specific person, place, holiday etc and are more than what simply meets the eye.

Hands Are Full

  petrichor   heavy in the air   fills our hands