Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dog Days of Summer Past

I can see the finish line. I have 13 folders worth of photos left to sort through and upload, then I'm all caught up! This photo of my black lab/Siberian husky, Spirit, is one of my favorite recent uploads from the tail end of summer.

Spirit at the Lake

My husband (fiancé at the time) was fishing off the dock at a friend's cabin Up North. She loves fishing, watching intently until the bobber sinks and then getting really excited as it gets reeled in. I think there was a fish getting a hook taken out of its mouth when this photo was taken. Sadistic dog!

Friday, November 19, 2010

1966 Rambler Rogue

I didn't get to take as many photos of classic cars this summer as I had expected. I was quite busy and couldn't make it to any of the usual fairs where these autos can be found. But I did snap this beauty.

1966 Rambler Rogue

This 1966 Rambler Rogue was parked at a classic car dealership down the road from me for a few months. One day while out on a photo hike with the dogs, I snapped these pics.

Headlight & Front Fender

Sweet, sweet vehicle, even if I did somehow end up with the song "Little Nash Rambler" stuck in my head every time I drove by. It was worth it.

Steering Wheel & Interior

Not familiar with the song? You're in luck, YouTube has everything.

Sara Duane-Gladden is a freelance writer and photographer in the Twin Cities area of the great state of Minnesota. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Burning Love

This year, I didn't just have food in my garden. In addition to seed-producing sunflowers, I tried to grow three types of ornamental flowers. Only one survived.

Burning Love

This is burning love. Sort of. I just now found out that this is a pretty weak version of it, it's supposed to look like this. I chalk it up to a small container.

I didn't realize at the time how hyper focused this was going to be on the blooms. It almost looks copied and pasted!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 Growing Season Wrap-Up

Well, its been cold enough to have killed my plants since just before Halloween. Documenting the progress of my potted garden fell severely by the wayside in the months leading up to that point. I was still taking photos, though, even if I wasn't posting them.

Mini Green Bell Pepper

Everything was great until August, as the hot weather we had wasn't particularly nice for the plants. It seemed during the hottest times, the garden became dormant and when it started growing again, the fruit seemed stunted. The thickness of the flesh of these peppers was unusually thin.

3 Perfect Vine-On Tomatoes

These tomatoes only grew to be about half the size they should have been, but they still made some tasty BLTs. Check out the great color! I like these tomatoes, but I think I'm going to see if there is a good heirloom style tomato I can grow in a container next summer.

Opal Basil Blooms

My herbs grew abundantly and voraciously though. And I even left my opal basil alone long enough for a few stalks to flower. The blooms really are so beautiful it was worth it. The seeds even produced a few volunteers in some of my other pots and in a patch of grass in front of my house.

Genovese Basil

One herb that for sure didn't get to bloom was this lovely basil. I made so much pesto, it was awesome. I am completely bummed that though I did get some herbs brought into the house so I can have access to them all winter long, both varieties of basil died of cold before I had time to break the plants into smaller pieces and into smaller pots.

In addition to two varies of lavender, oregano, and thyme, I also currently have 3 mini bell pepper plants in my windowsill. They're all growing pretty well, I hope it keeps up. I'd like to have fresh peppers all winter long, too!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Photo Catches Thief in Action

Sorry, I haven't been very interesting, but I did find a story about a special photo that is. Remember the Perfectly Timed Photos post from earlier? Its along those lines.

A family photo snapped by a New Jersey tourist managed to capture the image of Wisconsin resident Glenn R. Lambright as he stole items from behind their back.

John Myers' family from Bloomfield, N.J., had stopped in Madison several months ago and posed for a picture in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Myers set the self-timer on his camera and hustled into the frame with his wife and two children. Behind them, someone grabbed their bag that held Myers' wallet and credit cards.

After Myers discovered the bag missing, he checked his camera. The image showed Lambright taking their bag.
Lambright was sentenced to five days in jail.