Just who did you say invented dichroic?

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peahen feathers

"Dichroic" Feathers

Just a little Monday color inspiration. No one does color better than Mother Nature! What you are looking at are Peafowl feathers. Commonly referred to as peacocks, that is actually the name of the male while peahen is the name given to the females. Something I didn’t realize until I started investigating  the correct name, is that they are actually a member of the pheasant family.

These particular feathers came from a wonderful woman that raises show birds and pets. While I think peacocks are beautiful creatures, from what I understand they are NOISY, so I will resist my urge to add them to the household. I do understand, however, that they make great alarms!

For more information check out this article: Are Peafowl noisy?

Work stoppage risk!

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Surely I will tire of this, or so I keep telling myself.

For so long the view from my work space was either a wall or a fence. Surely, I thought, with this beautiful view as inspiration I will be getting my work done in half the time. The problem is it has such a calm, soothing effect that I find myself wanting to just stare at it ……and stare at it some more.

Even though I know there will be many other evening views such as this I find myself wanting to capture each one at the perfect fleeting moment in time. I was absolutely mesmerized by the way the hills looked this particular evening. On our side of the valley everything was beginning to darken as the sun slipped behind the western hills. The sun still shone across the eastern hills creating a soft glow as it went as if to light the path to some magical hidden treasure. It produced a wonderful painterly effect and if I didn’t know better, I would swear those hills were the work of a master water color artist.

-taken through a closed window with a Samsung Galaxy S4, handheld.

There are so many reasons to love Autumn……..

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Autumn Leaf

What's Not To Love About Autumn

…….and the amazing colors are just one. Jax found this leaf while on a walk with Billy. It was by itself in the middle of the road just waiting. Luckily Jax only had a chance to nose it around a bit before Billy snatched it from him, thus saving it from being loved to destruction. I don’t know how well it will keep its colors once dry, but if it retains at least a little of this amazing color display expect to see it as a future photo prop.


Hot! Handle with Care Habaneros!

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A bit of summer heat.....

While I didn’t go as far as using vintage kitchen utensils to handle them, I have a healthy respect for habanero peppers and don plastic gloves when handling. I felt a photo with a pair of orange-stained plastic gloves draped gracefully over my pepper jelly wouldn’t make quite the same statement, artistically speaking that is.

Years ago I learned my lesson, having scraped the seeds and membranes out of a pound of jalapenos with my fingernails. All well and good until I ended up spending the entire night flung across the sofa cushions with my right hand dangling into a bucket of ice water. Ever wonder how many nerve endings are under your fingernails or in your fingertips? I’m not sure how many exactly, but I believe I had over a bazillion little bonfires in my fingers that night. Never, never, NEVER again.

That red beauty up there has only about 1/20th the amount of habaneros that it has red bell peppers, and baby, it has ZING!

Product Photography…

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I was doing so well making headway with the store’s product photography and then I got ….distracted.

It is no secret to those who check out the Boutique’s new items that I like using photo props, and I am using them more and more. If I had more time I would probably lose myself in practicing photography more often. Hunting for them is also a great excuse for reviving my love of visiting garage and estate sales. I love old things. Rusty, dented, sometimes even dirty old pieces of household history (and don’t get me started on interesting rocks!). They all just have so much character. They also keep me from becoming weary of photographing item after item on a stark white background.

Antique Lock with White Flower

Don’t get me wrong, I think some things need a simple white background in order to capture and convey certain qualities, but even with a white background I find myself leaning more and more to the shadowy dark side.

Amber Treads Lampwork

Amber Treads Lampwork

Oh, yes. That delicate white flower up there? Believe it or not, it is a trailing weed that will run rampant, choking the life out of more delicate plants in my yard if I don’t keep it in check. I decided it was about time it did something positive for me, and when I took the time to look at it more closely I realized how truly beautiful it was.