Brightly

” It’s better to burn brightly for half as long than to be a dim lingering light.” ~ R Gift

Brightly-colored Citrus
Brightly Colored Citrus

Today brought a quick trip to the farmer’s market, a stroll through the Courthouse Square to see the Phippen Western Art Show and next up, some contra dance tonight (something I have never done before).

Have a bright and sweet weekend!

Sweet

“Life is short and it is up to you to make it sweet.” ~ S Delany

Pie Shop

We have an old-fashioned pie shop in Prescott that sells pies of all kinds and it is the real deal. The outside drew me in and I stopped to take a picture of the front of the shop. I already previously had snapped a shot of their adorable pie truck (https://artizenimages.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/pies/)  and wanted an image of the mechanical toy horse.  Then a sugary, baked good scent wafted through the air and hit my nose; there really is nothing like the comforting and irresistable smell of freshly baked pies. It was a Pavlovian draw that insisted I go in as my mouth began to water.

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What kid can resist a free frontier ride?

I myself just took a free pass on the pies…..as much as I wanted a slice of the apple rhubarb, the health coach inside my brain insisted that I forgo. This time. 😉  As Arnold once said, “I’ll be back.”.

 

 

Fresh

“The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.”~Rumi

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Freshness from The Local Farmer’s Market

Well, sometimes love actually withers away but let’s not destroy the Rumi enthusiasm.

Beets………let  me just say this about beets. When I was little, my Mom made me finish my beets, even though I gagged through the entire ordeal. To this day, I will not try re-try them to see if maybe I might just like them now as that whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.  Literally.  The other bad food experience-liver. Don’t even say the L word in my presence. Mom tried to pawn that off as ‘steak” and it was another “Eat most of it or you are not leaving the table” item that I abhorred. She was smart enough not to cook either one of those foods often or there may have been more drama than a few tears.

On the other hand,  I always thought I disliked asparagus but had a sandwich with grilled asparagus, feta cheese, arugula, pickled peppers, raisins and a spicy dressing from a favorite food truck restaurant here in Prescott and I LOVED it.  But beets and liver, I’d have to say “Never”. About as close to beets as I want to get is with a telephoto lens! 🙂

Wink

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.”~J Kerouac

 

😉

I love my little whimsical cups.  The eyebrows actually are an advertisement for Bailey’s Liquor (imprinted with their logo) but I cloned that out…….that kind of destroys a bit of the whimsy.  I don’t officially celebrate Texture Tuesday but I’ll give it a wink here today.

Lemons

“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your D*** lemons, what the h*** am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give you lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!” ~JK Simmons

LOL-who said quotes always had to be so serious? 

I could have just gone the Pollyana route……but burning down the house is more tart.

I already declared my love for farmer’s markets (maybe not here in this blog, though).  I go almost every Saturday to the local one in Prescott and that was where this was shot.  The man in this booth was almost out of his homemade wildflower honey lemonade and he ended up giving me what remained which was a whole glass and it was delish.  I tried to pay him but he said “No, my accountant would not know how to handle that.”.  Not only do you get great produce, information and being a support to local farmers and businesses, you sometimes unexpectedly get a free glass of lemonade.  I picked up some purple potatoes (VIVIDLY purple on the inside and more flavorful than the “regular”ones) and some homemade black bean, chicken and pumpkin tamales, a few pippin apples and a bag of smoked chiles and was on my way.

Life sometimes gives you lemons but then some honey to accompany it , along with a splash of humor.  It’s almost all good.

Layers

“It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting.”  ~E DeGeneres

Let them me eat cake. 😉

If you ever visit Tucson, go to the Tucson Museum of Art.  Not only do they have a nice museum, pretty grounds to walk around and some interesting shops in the area but they also have a very good restaurant located within the museum, called Cafe a La C’Arte (very clever, no?).

I was bad, very bad.  I had the chicken apricot salad sandwich and a slice of this cake.  It was icing overload heaven and cream cheese icing to boot.  And even though a friend and I split both the sandwich and cake, I’d consider it overindulgence.  And an extremely yummy one!

Sweet

“The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.”~Anatole France

I got cable back and hence, tv (which I had not had for over a year) and the first show I watched was Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. He was in Paris and I was in Prescott; too bad for me! :*( I have been to Paris twice and want to go back at least once more. I had not been into photography at the time so would love to go there and photograph all the wonderful places and things the city has to offer.  Anyway, that show inspired me to take out my “tres francais” pink macaroons and shoot them.  It was a cheap thrill but it will have to suffice for now.

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Macaroons. I love their colors, flavors, lightness and simplicity; they are like little bites of clouds from heaven.

Vary

“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.”~OW Holmes, Jr. 

I actually love doing photo set ups and probably would do well as a stylist.  I love finding things (like complimentary backgrounds, props, etc.) and then arranging them.  I sometimes go around in stores and do that…and wait to get yelled at, although that has never happened.  So far, anyway…. 🙂

We are finally having some rain here in Northern Arizona.  I say “Yay” to that, not because I like rain so much but because it is much needed.  And besides, one of the reasons that I moved up here from the desert was because of the varied climate.  The puppy could do without the rain though….he seems to rather go out in dry weather. But I myself am hoping for a bit of snow although I don’t think it will get cold enough for that.

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Pears with an added texture.

Pie

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”~J Davis

On my way home from Phoenix the other day, I stopped by a small, rural town to shoot some photos.  I hadn’t shot anything in a day or two and decided to get my “photo fix” at Rock Springs Cafe.  There is not much to the town itself and the big claim to fame is this restaurant which is known throughout the area for their homemade pies.  

People stop by on their travels home or make the fairly long trip up there from the Phoenix area for Rhubarb Crumb, Jack Daniels Pecan, Tennessee lemon pie or maybe just plain old apple.  

The place itself is a mishmash of restaurant, bakery, bar, music venue, biker hangout, BBQ patio….whatever suits you.  It’s a real Arizona experience; slightly eclectic, down home and just gritty enough to make it not too antiseptic.

I have eaten there a few times but have had just pie more often than a meal. The food is basic but the pie is the draw.  Grandma could have made it..the Grandma that could cook.  For me that would have been my French Grandma and not the Irish one (sorry Grandma L).  The place is as American as apple pie, although I’d choose the blueberry crumb pie, my favorite.

And guess what?  I have no pie images.  Why?  Because I’d have had to have bought a pie and I was full from having just ate. And then there’s the dreaded “C” word with which I am always wrestling (CALORIES).

Maybe too much pie is what led to the demise of these poor people. 😉

Atmosphere

“A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere.” ~B Brandt

It is the perceived atmosphere and essence of a subject that we try to capture and that is exactly why a bunch of photographers can look at the same scene and shoot differently. Your own perception is everything in photography; it shapes not only your personal style but it also shapes the style of your subject, too.  So, last night I brought my camera out with me with the intention of trying to capture a bit of the atmosphere of one of my local favorite restaurants here in Prescott, “El Gato Azul”.

It was evidently named after the kitty in the first image. I didn’t know they had blue cats in Spain! 😉

It’s a little tapas bar with a changing menu and nice surroundings.  I’m the type of person who rather have an appetizer and dessert than a big meal so I am completely at home here.

The weather was perfect, not too hot or too chilly, for sitting outside on the patio with a sangria (ok, 2 to be exact).  The trees are all turning green right about now and it was just very relaxing; live music in the background, good conversation and a comfortable, casual ambiance.

 

It lasted 2 seconds beyond this shot.

And you can end the night with chocolate ganache;  how can you go wrong?  If I were younger, I’d say “Nom,nom, nom”;  if I were Rachel Ray, I’d say “Yum-o”.  But as both those phrases give me a reason to want to smirk, I’ll just say it was delicious and leave it at that . Tonight’s dinner? A Lean Cuisine, fresh out of the microwave. 😦  Sigh