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For You, Roses! February 18, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in macro photos.

Here are three shot I took with Little Sigma, my 50mm macro lens:

coral rose

yellow rose

red rose

Just a bit of color on a dreary February night.  😉

Dinner With TCR! February 18, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Dinner with TCR.

Tonight, Coconut Curried Shrimp:

coconut shrimp and salad

Served on a bed of limed jicama slaw, along side a generous salad of mesclun, radicchio, carrot and fennel with a rice wine and sesame oil dressing.


Bob’s Meme! February 18, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.

I’m horrible at memes; I almost always drop the ball, on accounta I’m such a crappy reader.

But this one, thunk up by Phydeaux Hizself, seemed easy enough:

Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book – no matter what it is. Textbook, novel, pop-up book, building code study guide, whatever.
2. Turn to page 25.
3. Read the 10th word on that page, or the following if that one is blank.
4. Type that word into Google Image Search.
5. Post the third image.
6. Tag 4 people and tell them.
7. Link back to this post.

Well, as it happens, the tenth word on page twenty-five of The Multi-Orgasmic Man is (*blushes*) “ejaculation.”

And the third image was this:


And following in the capable footsteps of Pidomon, from whom I caught this damned thing, consider yourself tagged if you care to play!  😉

Edifice Wrecks. February 18, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

Here’s an old coke kiln in Leverett:

coke kiln in leverett

I liked the non-linear appearance of the brick work:

kiln brick detail

Just playin’ with my 16-35 lens.

Interiors. February 18, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.

I’m not an interior guy.

But as the years pass and winter drags on, I find myself examining my own interior spaces more closely.

Today it was my desk which caught my attention, dusted as it was by a chiffonade of light filtering through the nearly-closed blinds:

desk and shaddows

…gilding a lily, as it were, with tiger stripes of sunlight and shadow:

abstract lily

lily and shade

inside a lily

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to bust out my little Sigma 50mm lens and begin seeing details again.

Birds. February 17, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

Here’s one in a bush outside my kitchen window:

little bird in bush

…and a pair of gulls down by the Connecticut:

brown gulls

Just playin’ with Gizmo.

Ruby Tuesday! February 17, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Ruby Tuesday!.

Here are a couple of semi-rubulicious shots from yesterday’s walk-about at the Sunderland Bridge over the Connecticut River.



The East Bank at sunset:

east bank sunset

…and the view downriver:

the view downriver

I know, I’m stretching the definition of “Ruby” here,   but it’s all I got.   😉

At least I didn’t include this shot of the bridge proper, which is utterly Ruby-less:

sunderland bridge from below


With apologies to Mary at Work of the Poet for taking liberties with her meme.   🙂

Dinner With TCR! February 12, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Dinner with TCR.

Tonight, Fruited Rice Quesadillas!

I’m gonna break with form here and go a ways beyond listing the main ingredients, because I’d never done this before, and it came out good enough to encourage others to try it!

Firstly, my quesadillas and burritos all begin with oversized white flower tortillas warmed in a large, dry pan, sprinkled with a blend of shredded cheeses:

tortilla and cheese

I keep the heat very low for burritos, so the tort stays supple for rolling.  I like my quesadillas crispy, though, and don’t mind if they begin to brown at this point.  Just don’t burn them.  😉

Oh, and be sure to get the cheese spread out to the edges to seal in the juices, especially with burritos!

When the cheese starts to melt, add the filling on one side; in a long lump for burritos, evenly spread for tortillas.  Cover with a lid to warm the filling, or lift the whole thing out and roll up your burrito and put it back in the pan, then cover.

Tonight’s filling, made ahead of time (well, Duh,  Ralph!) is my favorite long grain brown rice, Lundgren’s Black Japonica and Mahogany Rice, cooked in vegetable broth instead of water, with finely diced veggies (carrots, onions, celery, red and yellow peppers,) an assortment of fruit (white raisins, diced apples and clementine segments,) and lots of sunflower seeds.  This is all added toward the very end of the rice’s cooking time, and all raw, except for the carrot, which I sautéed for about one minute to soften it a bit.

To this I added about half a cup of good orange juice and a generous scoop of a spicy tomato salsa, then took it off the heat, stirred it all together, and let it sit for a while to absorb the liquid.  The result was turned into a bowl, and the unabsorbed liquid drained off.

Well, OK, into my mouth, if you must know.  🙂

rice/fruit/veggie filling

Then back to the cheesey tortilla crisping in the pan:  coat half the deal with a generous layer of filling, leaving enough free space at the edge to get a nice cheesey seal when it’s folded over, then increase the heat to brown the tort, turning once.

Voila!  Fruited Rice Quesadillas:


Served with salsa for dipping, and guacamole if you have it (tonight I didn’t.)

This was good enough to share with company, IF I EVER GET ANY.

That’s a hint,  Folks!  😉

Burl. February 12, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

‘Another attempt at rendering reality in black & white:

twisted boll, black and white

I’d passed this several times before, but generally in the afternoon, when it was back-lit.  This morning shot emphasized the tortured grain of this deformed maple burl.*

Well anyway, I thought it was interesting…

* Corrected by Treeman in comments; I had called it a “boll,” which was incorrect.   Thanks, Treeman!

Rural Meets Urban. February 12, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

Had an interesting day today; accomplished a few things, and along the way, encountered a few unexpected pleasures.

Like this view of a farm in neighboring Ashfield:

rainbow over barn

I guess that’s one of the bennies of unsettled weather, going in and out of rain showers and all.

Most of the day, however, was cloaked in somber tones, as when I crossed the Connecticut River at Turner’s Falls, capturing this entropic reminder of better days and jobs a-plenty:

CT river mills at Turner's Falls

The Pagan Sphinx had a shot of this view a little while back (which unfortunately seems to have disappeared,) and it was her conception of the view which prompted me to take another look at a scene which I’d past hundreds of times without stopping.

Thanks, Gurrrl.  😉