It has been great fun and I've learned a LOT!
|dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, from Hagi, Japan|
And then to create videos for the website. Link
Both blogs and videos need pictures. There's always the picture that you don't have that would be nice as an illustration. I had been taking pictures of dandelions when I saw them on trips, because they were familiar plants in a strange place and I've always liked tough cosmopolitan weeds. (Dandelion blog). So for that and a variety of other posts I had the pictures. (Stored somewhere--no matter which way I organize things, I always end up searching many files for something I remember.)
|buffalo grass along the sidewalk|
But for some plants that I wanted to write about I did not have many pictures. Buffalo grass and peppers, for example. So even trivial trips have offered photo ops. Walking around the block, for example,
|red peppers in a grocery store|
or in grocery stores.
|Dyed with old fustic, dyer's mulberry|
Then there were the illustrations that became projects. Dyeing cloth with old fustic is an example. The picture to your right required ordering the powdered wood from a natural dye supplier and an afternoon with pots of dye on the stove.
Varnishing a Brussels sprout stalk was a project that evolved. First I saved the stalk. Then I let it dry. Finally I worked open an old jar of linseed oil and varnished it. I didn't know that project would work until it did.
|Brussels sprout stalk and linseed oil|
To talk about peppers (upcoming video), I tried to get photos of the same pizza and salad with and without peppers and pepper products. Taking exactly the same picture after changing something is not easy. I failed a lot, eventually got very close.
|green salad with avocado|
|green salad with avocado, peppers |
and roasted red pepper dressing
All kinds of mini-projects!
What am I planning next? Blogs on Christmas cacti, Osage orange and Tierra del Fuego. I have a bunch of Crossing signs I am planning to pull together into a blog. And of course whatever else strikes my fancy. If you have a question, please ask!
|warning sign from Hawaii|
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