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Mood Indigo. June 5, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Well, naked bear encounters hardly comprising a full day’s activity, I eventually did what needed doing around the house (including putting my pants on) and headed out to do the extra-domicular things.  You know, food shopping, banking, job hunting, and taking photos of whatever looked interesting.

As it happened, the weather sucked for kite flying and sun bathing, but for photography, not so much.  I like the tumultuous skies and brooding atmosphere of intermittent storms, so I wasn’t complaining.

My errands took me to Hadley and Northampton, so I scoped out the farmlands down along the Connecticut river.  The crops were just coming up there – tiny corn rows, truck patches of beets and cabbage in their nascent forms, and potatoes.

Potatoes seem to be the commercially viable alternative to tobacco, which used to rule this fertile valley.  We grew legendary tobacco here, used to roll the finest Cuban cigars, big fat consistent leaves perfect for wrappers.  The flood plains of the Connecticut are littered with tobacco barns, now either re-purposed or falling into disrepair.

Here’s a shot from this evening, of a ‘tater field and tobacco barns in Hatfield, with the farm road’s edge swathed in a tangle of cow vetch and bladder campion:

Regulars here will recognize Elliot’s hand, with a crisp foreground leading the eye to a reasonably sharp horizon.  Thanks, Kid.  You’re the best.

And again, I hand held a three stop reverse graduated ND filter to bring the sky into balance with the darker foreground.

If this technical stuff bores those of you who don’t work at photography as I do, please forgive me, but putting words to it helps me to clarify my process in the same way that writing ideas into an essay exposes truths and fallacies.


Another Repast With The Runt! October 30, 2007

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This evening, bringin’ in the chard before another frosty night, I decided to make a hearty soup from my garden. Potatoes, cooked soft and pureéd, sauteéd onions, chard. Added some frozen corn and some hot Capicola, a li’l salt, a li’l peppa…

…Et Voilá!


Rib-Stickin’ guuuud!

Iraqi Stew! October 26, 2007

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The time finally came to dig up my spuds, planted in the Spring from some semi-gone-by organic units which a local farmer had left on the sidewalk outside a local store, with a “Take Me, I’m Free!” sign. I had never grown “Polish Truffles” before, but the price was right, so I took ’em and planted ’em and forgot about ’em.

And tonight I remembered ’em and dug ’em up! This here’s the haul from the single plant I axed tonight:


Easily ten pounds, I swear!

Then I got to thinking, “What have I ever made with ‘taters beside home-fries?”

The answer: Iraqi Stew!

This is a dish I learned to make from a friend of mine who’s originally from Baghdad. (As an aside, this brilliant man, a professor of Linguistics and African Francophone Literature, now hides his origins for fear of persecution in The Land Of The Free.)

Start by browning a bunch of chicken (which would more likely be lamb in Iraq) with lots of garlic and a heavy dose of curry powder (I know, “curry again?? Can’t help it. I like curry!) Add potatoes, onions and carrots and some stewed tomatoes (these were put up this season by my Ex’s boyfriend 😉 ) and simmer for, oh, hours. I added the fresh green beans toward the end of the cooking time ’cause I’m a “Health Nazi” and wanted something green tonight.

The result:


Delicious on a chilly Autumn night. Enjoy!