26 November 2011

thankful for

I am thankful for my family and friends, for my good health and a roof over my head. I am most thankful though, for my husband. I love him and appreciate him every day, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with him, wherever that may be. 

on a blustery day at Lincoln Park, Seattle

05 November 2011

autumn: color

Cotinus coggygria "Grace" 

01 November 2011

constitution day, observed

The University of Washington observes Constitution Day on November 1, since school is not in session on September 17th.  I participated today in the read aloud event at Suzallo Library, getting to read three times instead of the once I was expecting.  My lines were....

[Article 1, Section 6]

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.


The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.


[Amendment XX]

Section 5.
Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.

Section 6.
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

22 September 2011

09 September 2011

gardening: day of the tomato

I'm one of those people who just doesn't love summer.  Temperatures over 80F make me cranky.  Over 90F  just makes me mad.  I left Sacramento after living there a mere 18 months, and have followed the magnetic draw of the north pole ever since, landing in the Pacific Northwest, with its lovely, reasonable summers.

Stupice tomatoes, from my own garden
But I do love me some tomatoes, and tomatoes love summer.  My own garden tomatoes are plugging along, and now that Seattle is in the middle of some really warm weather, I have high hopes for the large fruits that have been green for weeks and are now starting to blush.  I will enjoy every bite of those, even if I do have to resort to the green tomato recipes, but in the meantime, I stopped at the Yakima Fruit Stand in Bothell yesterday and bought many pounds of Washington grown Roma and beefsteak tomatoes, and today I got to work dehydrating and canning the lot of them, and even some of my own.  I even ran out of jars, so I'll just have to make some tomato sauce and freeze it.

cherry tomatoes ready for dehydrating.
the resulting dried tomatoes are like candy and get right in your mouth

canned washington grown tomatoes.
I look forward to opening these some dark winter evening.

Good thing I love tomatoes, eh?

07 September 2011

knit parade

Dad's socks (I apparently only posted these to Ravelry, so Dad thought they were languishing in the knitting basket, when in fact they are rolled up and ready for the giving)....
Pattern: Mr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks) by Kaitlyn Wong
Yarn: Malabrigo sock yarn, chocolate colorway

And a "thank you" for the Millerings for taking me out to lunch (multiple times, over the past few summers): a dishcloth for their trailer....

Pattern: Crocus Dishcloth by Kelley
Yarn: Lily, Sugar 'n' Cream

30 August 2011

quilting: riley's baby quilt

I called Michelle to ask her what colors I should use in Riley's baby quilt, but after our chat, I ignored everything we said and made a rainbow quilt instead.  I'm such a rebel.

Nikon D60, f/4, 1/500 sec., 18mm focal length

DPC: day30_self portrait

It's the last day of the daily photo challenge!  I'll keep practicing though....

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/160 sec., 55mm focal length

29 August 2011

DPC: day29_black and white

Nikon D60, f/4.2, 1/15 sec., 24mm focal length
made into black and white and contrast adjusted in Photoshop

28 August 2011

DPC: day28_flowers

Also in Tacoma, at the Tacoma Dome Light Rail Station, just waiting for their glamour shot...

Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/60 sec., 36mm focal length
contrast adjusted in Photoshop

27 August 2011

DPC: day27_from a distance

I volunteered at the Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma today, and afterwards noticed this (distant) view of Mt Rainier looming over the 21st Street Bridge and the cone of the Tacoma Glass Museum.

Nikon D60, f/8, 1/100 sec., 200mm focal length.
contrast adjusted in Photoshop.

26 August 2011

DPC: day26_close-up

After I took the turkey's picture, I picked ten pounds of blueberries.  I freeze the blueberries and eat them throughout the year, but before I freeze them, I sort through them and pick out the unripe green berries, leaves and critters that also make it into the blueberry bucket.  This haul had about six teeny tiny snails (the shell of the largest snail was about half a centimeter across, and the shells were so thin, light easily passed through), and this one tried to climb one of the green berries (it rolled over just as he reached the top).

Nikon D60, f/8, 1/60 sec., 55mm focal length
Auto-adjusted in Photoshop

25 August 2011

DPC: day25_hands

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/160 sec., 55mm focal length

24 August 2011

DPC: day24_animal

I went u-pick blueberry picking today at Mountain View Blueberry Farm and stopped by the turkey pen before heading out to the fog-blanketed blueberry rows.

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/80 sec., 55mm focal length

I think her name might be "thanksgiving"...

23 August 2011

DPC: day23_sunflare

The subject matter isn't spectacular, but I managed to capture some sunflare....

Nikon D60, f/5, 1/50 sec., 18mm focal length
auto adjusted in Photoshop

DPC: day22_something pink

In case you're keeping score, day 22 is actually supposed to be "hands" but I'm still working on that one, so in the meantime I'm multitasking by taking photos of the cute little pink skirt I just made for Zoe as she starts kindergarten, and doing my "something pink" DPC photo (day 25).

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/640 sec., 55mm focal length
exposure and saturation adjusted in Photoshop

21 August 2011

DPC: day21_faceless self portrait

Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/100 sec., 38mm focal length

20 August 2011

hike: rachel lake

Classmate and friend Pam and I set off for a hike today to Rachel Lake, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  It was a beautiful day, so the trail was popular, but still perfectly enjoyable.

panoramic view of Rachel Lake

Finn and I, having lunch

Finn was obsessed with the bugs....

Pam enjoying a rest on the trail

DPC: day20_bokeh

From my hike today to Rachel Lake, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area...

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/100 sec., 55mm focal length
Adjusted in Photoshop to burn in the over-exposed plant

19 August 2011

DPC: day19_something orange

'tis the season for apricot jam!

Nikon D60, f/7.1, 1/125 sec., 42mm focal length

 I'd also like to point out that my something once green is now (somewhat) orange...

Nikon D60, f/7.1, 1/200 sec., 82mm focal length

knitting: anders' sweater

I just finished a cardigan for Jana's baby.... before he's grown out of it.  Ta-da!

cardigan: Baby Wrap Sweater, Churchmouse Wee Ones, by Suzanne Sullivan.
details here (rav link)
photo: Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/320 sec., 42mm focal length

18 August 2011

DPC: day18_your shoes

I had a good bit of fun with the grain filter and image adjustments in Photoshop for this one, trying in part to reflect the bleary-eyed feeling I had as I took these photos, just after sunrise.

Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/40 sec., 40mm focal length
filtered and adjusted in Photoshop

17 August 2011

DPC: day17_technology

This is my desired idea of technology, these days....

Nikon D60, f/5.3, 0.77 sec., 40mm focal length
filter added in Photoshop

16 August 2011

DPC: day16_long exposure

I've wanted to take one of these classic shots for a long time.  I see many more similar attempts in my future.

Nikon D60, f/14, 2 sec., 48 mm focal length

I think anything longer than one second is a "long" exposure, but in case you don't, here's a longer exposure:
Nikon D60, f/25, 30 sec., 34mm focal length

15 August 2011

DPC: day15_silhouette

Here's a silhouette photo to fill the assignment, but I hope to get something a little more inspired soon.

Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/640 sec., 35m focal length.
Image rotated and cropped in Photoshop.

14 August 2011

DPC: day14_eyes

Overexposed, but I like that about this one.

Nikon D60, f/4.5, 1/10 sec., 26 mm focal length

13 August 2011

DPC: day13_flowers

Day 13 is actually supposed to be "you with 13 things".  What?  I gave it the old college try, situating myself on the floor with thirteen bowls from around the house, but out of frustration and boredom (myself and thirteen things?!  really?), I gave that up and and present instead, a lovely shot I took this morning of some dill flowers and an book I've been drawing photographic inspiration from, A Year of Mornings.

Nikon D60, 6/10 sec., f/5.6

12 August 2011

DPC: day12_sunset

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/320 sec., 18mm focal length.
Panorama created in Photoshop.
While it's been lovely during the day here over the past few days, dense clouds in the west have foiled my attempts at sunset photos.  Finally, the clouds abated and I got this nice shot, taken at Sunset Hill Park.  (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

11 August 2011

food: putting up pickles

I wish I'd had this photo for "something green" day and/or "fruit" day (did you know? botanically speaking, a cucumber is a modified berry?  true story.)

Nikon D60, f/6.3, 1/80 sec., 30 mm focal length.
Brightness adjusted in Photoshop.
I love canning.  And I love dill pickles.  So it's no wonder that I have twelve quarts and seven pints of cucumbers brining away until October, when they'll be ready for the snacking.  I use the instructions from the Mixed Greens blog.  Next up: apricot jam (at Eric's request -- apparently last year's was good), and various mixed berry jams.

DPC: day11_something blue

Nikon D60, f/4.8, 1/400 sec., 45 mm focal length.
File size reduced in Photoshop.
This is some of my favorite yarn: the gloaming, light worsted rambouilet, by Spincycle Yarns.  Blue indeed!

10 August 2011

DPC: day10_childhood memory

Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/60 sec., 40 mm focal length.  
Diffuse glow filter applied in Photoshop.
Crayons -- not just the sight, but the smell too -- is one of my strongest and favorite childhood memories... I'm surprised it took me so long to think of my trusty box of Crayolas (with the sharpener in back!) for today's photo theme.

09 August 2011

DPC: day09_someone you love

We all know Finn's standing in for my number one guy here, and I couldn't decide which to post here...

Nikon D60, f/5, 1/100 sec., 22mm focal length
Nikon D60, f/6.3, 1/50 sec., 55 mm focal length
I love how you can see me taking the photo reflected in his eyes.

DPC: day08_the moon

Day 08 is actually supposed to be "a bad habit", but since I don't have a single one, I just had to make up my own topic.  What's a perfect girl to do?

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/100 sec., 300 mm focal length, adjusted in Photoshop
Not a spectacular shot, I realize, but by far my most successful photo of the moon.  Usually it just looks like a fleck on the camera lens or something.

07 August 2011

DPC: day07_fruit

Nikon D60, f/5.6, 1/100 sec. 48mm focal length, color and saturation adjusted in Photoshop
I keep using Photoshop to intensify the colors in my photographs.  Is there a way to do this in the photography, and not the computer?  What am I missing?

06 August 2011

DPC: day 06_from a low angle

Nikon D60, f/5, 1/100 sec., 165 mm focal length, adjusted in Photoshop.

When I imagined this upwards shot of my garage roof, the moss was dewy and the sun was clearer, but this'll do the trick.

05 August 2011

DPC: day05_from a high angle

Nikon D60, f/5, 1/15 sec., 27 mm focal length

I racked my brain trying to figure out what to do for today's photo that didn't amount to buying an elevator ride at the Space Needle.  I had to convince myself that "high angle" doesn't equal "high elevation".  I ended up just standing on one of my plastic patio chairs and taking a photo of the garden, which has gone relatively unphotographed this year anyway (7 tomato plants, 8 squash (winter and summer varieties), six celery, three strawberries, and that's it.  yes, really). 

I have grand plans for the day 06 photo... wait for it... from a low angle.

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04 August 2011

DPC: day04_something green

Nikon D60, f/7.1, 1/100 sec., 55mm focal length
I got really close to my subject for "something green".  I've always loved the thin red leaf margin of this jade plant leaves, which, incidentally, I propogated from a single leaf that fell off the mother plant.

03 August 2011

quilting: Elliott's baby quilt

My nephew Elliott's quilt (only a few or ten months belated ).  I had begun a stacked coins quilt in greens and browns, but it just wasn't going the way I wanted, so I abandoned that when I saw this and knew that it was the right design for this project.  My thanks again to Natalie Weaver for the inspiration, it was just what I needed!

DPC: day 03_clouds

Nikon D60, f/9, 1/400 sec., 18mm focal length, dodged and cropped in Photoshop.

Once again, I was ahead of schedule with today's daily photo.  I was photographing Elliott's newly finished quilt when I started to get artsy with the low angle and sky background.  I tweaked the image in Photoshop a little to bring out the quilt while not overexposing the clouds too much. 

original image

02 August 2011

DPC: day 02_what you wore today

Nikon D60, f/5, 1/5 sec., 32mm focal length
I have to confess, I took this photo last week, when I knew I was going to do the 30 day photo challenge, but felt the need to synchronize it with the month of August.  I had just been working in the garage and came in all dirty, so I piled my clothes on the washer, was struck by the color combination and lighting and remembered that day 2 of the photo challenge was "what you wore today". So I whipped out the camera and took this picture in advance of the challenge. 

01 August 2011

daily photography challenge: day 01_self portrait

Day 1 of my daily photography challenge (as found here, and well-loved on Pinterest, where I encountered it).  I reserve the right to change some of these as I go... I'm not set up for bokeh, for instance (day 20), and my "someone" (day 9) is far away. 

Nikon D60, f/14, 1/30 sec. 18mm focal length

27 July 2011

garden + photography

kale in the garden, Nikon D60, f/5.3, 1/25 sec

same photo, tweaked in photoshop to accentuate red leaf and warm overall.  what do you think?