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Yum! You are making me a list of places to eat, yes?
Several years ago, I attended corporate dinner at a very nice seafood restaurant. There was a very nice young woman sitting next to me, but you could tell at first glance that she was unaccustomed to fine seafood dining and was perplexed as to what to order. The gentleman across from us, trying to be helpful I am sure, recommend a dish, and she cheerfully ordered it. When the food arrived, she was the only one at the table whose dish was served in this same “dramatic” fashion. It sat there, staring at her with those empty eyes, and I thought she was going to start to cry. Fortunately, the wait staff, probably expecting just such a reaction, quickly whisked the plate away and presented it back, within moments, in a more conventional form. She still didn’t eat to much of it.
Anytime I see a fish presented like this, all I can ever think of is that poor woman on the verge of tears.
“Red Snapper…Verrrrrry tasty!”
Oh my goodness! (Oh my okapi!) I have some ENORMOUS jade plants that I have nurtured from tiny jade sticks, but I have NEVER seen them flower. Were yours outside the entire summer? Mine have been so happy and prolific in my front windows that I never considered putting them out. I did have a Setcreasea pallida (Purple Heart appears to be the common name) that flowers for me regularly – little pink flowers that show up between the leaves. They’re odd-looking, but lovely.
Yeah, I’ve had it since the summer I lived in Des Plaines (bought it and a Madagascar Palm tree [you should see it now!] at Frank’s), and this is the first time it’s flowered. I left it out all summer after treating it for some kind of pest (didn’t want the pesticides in the house), and a few weeks after bringing it in, it did this!
By the way, it took me a while, but I just figured out “kaysootee.” Ha.
You are brilliant (of course).
I remember you had a…cactus that sprouted like one leaf per year…that wasn’t the palm, was it?
The problem(s) I have with putting plants outside are the gangs of urban squirrels that want to dig everything up. Or they’re burying their drugs. I’m sure that’s it, actually.
That is beautiful. And cold. Very very cold.
Im a friend of Amy O in Cincinnati and saw you webpage.
I could NOT do that Ledge thing!
To bad that’s not an elevator!
Great photos BTW.
Wow, Nat! quit yer day job!!!
That’s very sweet of you – thanks, Kathy!
You and Ari are too modest! I knew nothing of this! congrats on your photo success…
wOw that’s beautiful! and I thought MY pies were good!?
Thanks very much, Alyssa! And I’m humbled – yours was gorgeous!
Man… Now I want a glass teapot!
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I love spending your money, Paul. The Tea Kettle in question can be found at Vivaterra.com
That’s a great shot, Nat!
[…] say “started” because we were not entirely successful, but I already went into that in this post. As the tree came down and the ornaments made their way into their boxes (I always feel a little […]
Ooh. It is so glowy blue! Lurvely!
Thanks K – I thought so too!
Wow! I don’t know anything about music, but that photograph is outstanding. Perfect depth of field, perfect exposure, beautiful colors. Nice!
Speaking of glaze, my eyes do glaze over when I see a recipe that long. But, your description and photos ALMOST make me want to make them! I think *I* can smell them! mmmmmmmm!
Thanks, K – the labor was long and arduous, but as soon as the buns came out of the oven, it was all worth it. 😉
Wow, Nat, these are stunning. I like your stuff in general….these make me feel like I’m there. Great story too.
Thanks d! It was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to go back –
So… are you going to start asking then, now that you see what can happen when you do take a risk and ask the question? I need closure on the story!
Thanks for posting these beautiful pictures! It is all the more amazing that you were able to take them at all, because just one year and 17 days before your posting date, there was a massive fire in the attic above the beautiful ceiling. The cathedral was nearly lost. Eight firemen who dragged hoses 200 feet up a narrow stairway are credited with saving the building. They remained there until it was feared that the roof would collapse. The attack on the fire continued from the outside for hours until it was extinguished. Tons of water poured through the ceiling into the sanctuary causing extensive water damage. The fire left gaping holes in the roof, and the attic space and roof structure needed extensive rebuilding. Although the interior was untouched by the fire, restoration of the water damage took months. Both organs happened to be in areas where water did not come through, otherwise they would have been ruined.
Amazing, isn’t it? There was a bright side, though – the deacon pointed out some of the improvements they had had the opportunity to make since the fire a year ago as we walked around.
He told us how, once the pews had been moved (to avoid water damage), they got out huge floor squeegees and had to literally push the water out the front door over the marble floor.
I have the same problem with color casts, but mostly it’s because I’m partially color blind. 🙂
Shoot a lot of b/w then? 🙂
I wish I had that kind of excuse… I think I just kind of suck at it sometimes.
Do you calibrate your monitor? Frequently? Some monitors need calibration weekly for accurate color representation. That might add to your difficulty is that your monitor changes on you.
That’s awfully kind of you Rich. Wish I could blame the monitor! 🙂
This photo was featured today on A Photo a Day from Planet Earth – thanks, Rich! If you aren’t familiar with this site, go follow it – you’ll be glad you did!
This is glorious.
Nice set of photos Nat. Looks like a fun thing to photograph.
Nat, I hope that I voted correctly for your Chicago contest photos. I had no idea how very talented, skilled you are with a camera! Wonderful scenes…keep up the excellent work…best wishes always! Nancy
You did – thank you very much, both for the votes and the compliment!
Just further proof that it was a FANTASTIC celebration! Thanks to YOU, sweetheart… xoxo
Lancaster hasn’t been Amish country for a while. A few years ago we were out that way and stopped in at a place to eat — a Red Robin or something similarly generic. An “Amish family” came in to eat. That was the first clue that they were not. Then I noticed that the Amish man’s shirt was made out of polyester. I almost fell out of my seat.
Beautiful stuff. Especially like the red water lilly.
Congratulations! You’re so talented, it’s so great that it’s noticed!
Oh my! I just took a look at your site, this is great news, go NAT!!! am impressed. Richard too, he loved your notecards and said how really professional–!
Thanks K! Hope you guys are well –
This one in particular made me chuckle.
Chuck Taylors – much more sensible shoe choice! You can dance for hours in those.