Sunday, May 12, 2013

Then and Now

My own version.

Last January when Katie visited, I got the kids together on the front deck to recreate one of my favorite photos.

The original was taken around 1998, when Alyssa was five and Katie was fifteen. My vision for the black and white photo was to have my kids press their faces closely together and look serious- no smiling- and I would fill the frame with their faces. (I was using a single lens reflex Pentax and experimenting with my first roll of black and white film.) I kept telling the kids "Closer! Closer!" The actual, physical spacial restrictions wouldn't allow me to exactly pull off my vision. Of course I had to wait for the developing to see the results. It wasn't like the one in my head but I still liked it.

The recreation of that photo was a hilarious exercise in digital photography and my kids were devoted to my cause. We could check each shot and make changes with the angles and expressions. It was a cold, January day and we were rushed because we had to leave...for something. I forgot. But we got it. Kris did the editing to make it more perfect. I love it!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lilac Time

We have been having the most glorious of springs. Bright, warm, sunny weather is such a welcome change from the damp and dreary springs of the last few years. It has been a blessing in so many ways.

I got some seeds planted before we left for Missouri so already we are near to a lettuce harvest.

My cilantro is about to reach for the sky! It's really a shame that I can't have an abundance of cilantro at the same time that I have an abundance of tomatoes. I've taken to freezing the herb in little cubes to throw into my September pots of salsa.

After several poor strawberry harvests, this year is looking like it will be a good one. The plants are tall and robust and loaded with flowers already! It's the first week of May and my red peonies are ready to burst open too. Red peonies are my favorite. I may sneak some into my luggage when I fly to the Midwest in a few days. I really don't want to miss their beautiful blooms.

Yes, I am leaving soon and will be gone for long enough that I am worrying about how to get the garden started in the meantime. When May is rainy and cold (last year I was lighting fires in the woodstove even in June!) we hesitate to plant seed that will only rot in the ground. We don't like to replant. But with all the reassuring sunshine, this year we are planting the earliest ever.

The sunshine has also brought the lilac flowers a full week or more ahead of previous years. I always count on lilacs for Mother's Day. Lilacs are my favorite. I would have been very sad to miss them. This red purple variety is the tallest and most profusely adorned that it has ever been since I planted a wee sprout there about fifteen years ago.

The color is so vibrant!

I also have this sweet double blossom with dainty white centers.

This variety, acquired from a friend, is a pale blue color.

Nothing is cheerier than a bouquet of lilacs.
Happy Spring!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Can't Call It a "Christmas" Cactus

My cactus is blooming again. It had flowers in October for Reformation Day and again in February just in time for Valentine's Day. Now it is blooming for May Day.

A. I think this is a very happy plant.

B. It is also somewhat confused.