Tomato harvest

Garden tomatoes

Let’s start with a disclaimer: These tomatoes most certainly did not come from my garden. I harvested a grand total of three tomatoes just this past week. The rest grew in with black spots on the bottom, and ended up going to waste.

Instead, my sister-in-law’s family was kind enough to share these with me. A whole bag-full of beautiful, multi-sized garden tomatoes. They’re turning ripe quickly, so I’m going to have to figure out what to do with them.

Not that I’m not looking forward to that. I’m thinking pasta of some sort this week, maybe some sort of soup next week. I’ll make some sort of plan, don’t you worry.

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Smooth as glass

A piece of Italian blown glass in the shape of wrapped candy

Every once in a while, I get a little hint that my photography skills have moved forward, even if it’s just a bit. The success of this photo is one of those hints.

You see, I’ve tried photographing this piece of glass candy before, and it’s never worked out. I haven’t been able to capture the light properly, to get the texture of the wrapper ends. Or manually focus well enough that the pattern on the candy appears sharp. Or find an angle that that presents the candy in a way that I’m happy with.

This time, though, everything just seemed to click (no pun intended), and I wound up with a picture I’m really quite happy with. I love the way the light glides smoothly from the piece of candy down to the end of the wrapper.

Sure, it may not be perfect yet–it didn’t fill the frame in quite the way I wanted it to–but it still turned out better than I expected. And that’s really all I could have asked for.

My challenge for an auto-focus slump

A close-up of a Unicorn tea infuser

Every once in a while, I feel like I’m relying on the auto-focus in my camera a little too much. I don’t like that feeling.

Do you know what I like to do to fix it? I pick out a white–or mostly white–object and practice shooting it in manual focus mode. I find monotone objects, white in particular, challenging to focus on. Once I get the hang of focusing on that object, I’m more likely to do it with my other photo subjects again, too.

Maybe that’s the same thing other photographers do, or maybe it’s the complete opposite. I’m honestly not sure. I just know it’s something that works for me.

Admittedly, this chubby little unicorn isn’t quite as in focus as I’d like him to be. I still need to practice on him, and maybe some other objects, more over the next little while. But I’ll get there again.

Dainty

A white strawberry flower

I have a few new, tiny little flowers on my strawberry plant. I’m not sure if they’ll grow into actual strawberries yet, but I’m hopeful that they will. It would be nice to get a few more before fall hits.

These flowers, though, have some of the daintiest petals I’ve seen on my plants. They’re tiny, and they look like they could blow off with the slightest breeze. And yet, they’re staying put. Which is surprising, considering some of the winds we get where I live.

I’m definitely not going to complain about that. I’m quite happy to have a few dainty-but-strong flowers in my collection.

 

Add a little parsley

Curly parsley in sunlight

My little container garden is a little iffy right now. The heat has been messing with it, and, well, I’m not sure I’ve been giving it as much water as I should be.

Though my parsley isn’t doing too badly. Cookie certainly seems to be enjoying it–she’s been eating a lot more of it than I have, and she’s always eager to gobble it up. Still, it tends to look a bit wilted in the evenings.

I’m hoping I can bring everything back, though. Things seem to be just on the brink of doing okay. I still have a couple of zucchinis growing, and even some tomatoes. Plus, there are a few new flowers blooming on my strawberry plant.

I may just have some luck with my little garden this year.

Curly parsley in sunlight