Weekly Photo Challenge – Let there be light!

New Mexico Light

New Mexico Light

Windows are one of my favorite sources for light. Photographing indoors with soft sidelight from a window creates lovely shadows and soft contours, especially for portraits. Here is a shot taken in Taos, New Mexico of the glass brick window in our casita during our stay there this past summer.

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Gratitude

Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine

We think we have to do something to be grateful for or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being. ~ Iyanla Vanzant

The citizens of the U.S. set aside a day of Thanksgiving when we feast and celebrate with family and friends. On this day, I include you, my blogosphere friends, in my celebration of gratitude where ever you live. May you have a lovely day filled with the state of being of gratitude. ~ Cathy Ulrich

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unexpected

The World Upside-Down

The World Upside-Down

One of Cielo’s favorite sunspots, the back of this chair gets lots of use…but until the other day, I had never seen him perch himself upside-down on it!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers

Sandstone Layers

Sandstone Layers

Layers through time…Taken in Sand Flats Recreation Area just outside of Moab, Utah, I share this shot as my interpretation for the challenge. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

Sunday Night Pizza

Sunday Night Pizza

While this is not my best shot ever, it certainly does depict one of my favorite habits – that is, cooking! Peter and I cook at home most nights and we focus on healthy, fresh foods with a gourmet bent. Just about every Sunday night, we make a home-made pizza. I make a fresh dough (usually sprouted whole-wheat flour) in the food processor, let it rise, form it into a rustic shape on our pizza stone and then fill it with all kinds of yummy ingredients.

One year, we made a pact to do a different pizza every week, and I think, for the most part we did! This particular pizza is one of our favorites. I brush the dough with black truffle oil, then top it with Taleggio cheese and sauteed wild mushrooms. A local mushroom grower here in Northern Colorado provides Shitakes, Maitakes, Cinnamon Caps, Oysters, Trumpets, Lion Manes, and Portabellos, among others. We take the short trip to the Quonset Hut covered farm on Friday and pick-up a large bag of whatever varieties they’re selling that day. Alternatively in the winter, Fort Collins hosts a monthly indoor Farmer’s Market and I’ll get my mushrooms there on Saturday. Sorry the internet has not figured out a way for you to smell this pizza, because it’s divine (I know. Now I’m being mean.)

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