If I ever have a bright idea to visit a tropical exhibit of butterflies in the middle of walking around Philadelphia in November, I really hope whomever I’m with bashes me on top of the head! 85°F (30°C) with 80% humidity after a couple of hours at 40°F (4°C) with no humidity means about 30min of sitting in a sauna, waiting for the condensation to leave the lens. Oh, and did I mention that I was wearing a sweatshirt and fleece-lined leggings under jeans in that sauna? Yeah, I’ve had better ideas… at least the butterflies were worth it!
It’s been forever since I’ve been togging at a cemetery, but I finally made time to wander around Allegheny National Cemetery this weekend. The main goal was to try out a wide angle lens that has recently been added to my collection– what an experience that is! Slight shifts in the camera and you get completely different perspectives, a bit like looking at a funhouse mirror. It’s fun, but definitely going to take some practice. I’ve also played around alot today with the processing… usually I try to keep a similar tone throughout, but some of these just needed to be B/W and others needed color–so you get a mix of both.
Last month, I visited McConnell’s Mill Park and tried to take a step back and focus on the big picture, rather than just closing in for macro shots with lots of pretty bokeh. I carried my tripod around for about 6 miles and must say that it was worth feeling like a pack mule when I finally got the chance to go through my photos this past weekend. Here are a few from the Hell’s Hollow trail.
Apparently people in Pittsburgh didn’t learn their lesson from Jurassic Park and had to give it a go by creating Prehistoric Phipps… well, I’m sure you know what happened I think this has to be my favorite of the holiday train displays Phipps has done in the 5 years I’ve been seeing them, it was pretty exceptional! Complete with an erupting volcano, lights and explosions! Can’t wait to go back and see what all I missed the first time around.
Last week, I got an email from Cookinglight.com with a Top 20 list of fall recipes. It apparently came at a time when I was starving because I drooled over almost all of the recipes! So, this weekend, I decided to try and make a few of them. I do enjoy cooking, though I don’t do it as much as I used to… and sometimes it feels like a hassle to just cook for two. Today, I had a lot of success, though now I’ve come to realize that my food photography needs a bit of work. Guess I’ll just have to keep cooking so I can keep practicing the togging…
For breakfast… a sweet and savory dish – Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup. Gryuere cheese inside the french toast, a bit of shallots in with the apples, and lots of bacon on the side!
For dinner… we had to use the rest of that bacon (actually, this was my excuse to buy the bacon since we try to avoid it since eating a pound of this delicacy is nothing for my husband and I…. mmmm BACON!) so I made Bacon and Butternut Squash pasta. This also tied in with breakfast because it, too, used Gruyere cheese. I followed the recipe, mostly, but maybe tripled the amount of cheese and bacon in it Really, 1/3 cup of cheese for 8 servings? 2 pieces of bacon? What kind of non-sense is that?! And, proud to report, more success! Which is good because I have a LOT left.