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Life in the Garden

Most the flowers in my yard have been long gone, but the Lantana continues to grow and bloom! The Fritillary still comes by to sip on the Lantana, and yesterday I had a Skipper of some sort stop by.

Growing under, and around the Lantana I have some wild Scarlet Pimpernel. Most consider this a weed and pull it out, but I let it grow. I like its tiny flowers. They’re only as big as my little finger’s nail.

Scarlet Pimpernel

Change is definitely in the air around here. There are fewer and fewer Finches coming to the Feeder this week. I think they’re beginning to move on. Here’s a male House Finch perched on the feeder. I really like this feeder. It really is Squirrel proof! ( This was shot  through a double glass window so it’s a bit soft).

House Finch Male

The Anna’s Hummingbirds are still around, but I haven’t been able to get a decent image of them from my window. 
I’m going to get myself a blind during the off season so I’m ready for them next Spring.

 It’s a Holiday week-end ( Labor Day on Monday) here in the States I hope to get over to the coast, or to some favorite birding places to see if any of the winter birds are starting to arrive. It’s also He-Man’s birthday tomorrow so, I’ll be in the kitchen baking the cake he’s requested: Chocolate cake with custard filling and vanilla frosting. 

I hope you all have a great week-end.

Images made with:

Nikon D700 w/ Nikkor 105mm Micro lens, and

Nikon D300s w/ AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 w/Nikkor 14eII Teleconverter

more to come…

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…Fresh Chili Peppers!

P52 35 of 52 Summer is

 He-Man picked up a variety of chili peppers at the Farmer’s Market to make his Salsa. This batch is packing some heat that sweetens as it cools, and it has a good after-taste. We snacked on chips & salsa, and chased it down with little bottles of Corona Extra with a lime slice on top which you can’t see. Actually this turned out to be my dinner that night. Miam, miam!

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 85mm 1.4@ f5.6| 1/250sec| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Hand-held| SB910 camera left at 1/4pwr bounced off white ceiling 45degrees; triggered via SU-800

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Grilled Chicken Salad

 I based the title on the bit of smoke that was coming off the grill. I had to turn the Vent on high and open the sliding glass door. I thought our Smoke Alarm would go off, but it didn’t.  :)

Chicken Breast on the Grill

I grilled the chicken, and He-Man made the green salad. He makes the best salads. They’re always loaded with fresh veggies that he picks up at the Farmer’s Market. This one had Avocado, Cucumber, Orange, Yellow, and Red Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Tomatoes, and Radishes. There were so many good veggies there wasn’t much room for the lettuce! To top it off he tossed in some Parmesan Cheese. I sliced up a Grilled chicken breast tenderloin on top of my salad. I dressed it with a little Balsamic Vinegar.   I’m stuffed!

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 85mm f1.4D | Hand-held| SB910 camera right front high 1/32 pwr bounced off ceiling 45º

I’ve been photographing a lot of food lately which I’ll be sharing. I’m having fun, lighting, and learning to stage it, and I get to eat it when done taking the photo. :)

more to come…

 

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Beef and Cheese Omelette

When Big Baby Boy comes home to visit I usually make him a big breakfast like I did when he was growing up.
He was home for the July 4th holiday week-end. (Independence Day in the USA). One of those mornings I made him a 2 egg plus 1 egg white omelet with some left-over hamburger patties that I’d made the night before, and some cheddar cheese for the filling.  Juice, and a slice of sour-dough toast on the side completed this breakfast.  Big Baby Boy is 6’2″ and has always been athletic, and has had a healthy appetite since his birth. 

I made the rest of the family smaller versions of this. :)

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.8G| Hand-held in natural light

Copyright © 2014 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDP52 34 of 52 Dawn Santa Clara County

Mornings are arriving a little later, and chillier these days and with that I’m finding it a little harder to get out of the house for a hike or walk. Once I get out I am usually very happy that I did.
This morning was especially nice as we had a lot of clouds which meant there might be some color, and I got lucky and had “God Rays” too, and there was a bonus; the sign marking the trail’s boundary is gone! 

YEAH! I have spent years framing around it, cloning it out, or cropping it out. It was lovely shooting and not have to deal with it, or deal with it later in post development.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t replace it, and if they do they put it somewhere that doesn’t hinder the view. 

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 17-35@ 17mm| f20| 5 seconds| ISO 200| Tripod| B+W 6 stop ND filter

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Butterfly on Lantana

There have been two regular Butterflies visiting my blooming Lantana for several weeks.

I’m not sure what type of Butterfly they are, but I think they’re in the Fritillary family. Any help with

the ID would be greatly appreciated.

Here’s one enjoying a nice drink of Lantana juice.

Taken with a Nikon D700 and AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens

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P52 33 of 52 A new day, a new beginning...Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Hand-held

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