Friday, August 21, 2009

Inspired by a tomato, a cucumber, spider webs and dandelions

This isn't another garden update, but I am planning to do one soon! It is doing so well!

This is about something that I've really started to enjoy over the last few years. Photography. I find myself seeing the world as if I'm looking through a Leica lens.

Light, dark, shadows, reflections, refractions, all of it, I love all of it.

I see things that I didn't bother to notice before. Beautiful, sweet, weird, ugly, gross. I'm enamoured by it all.

Jason and I are always taking pictures of the garden these days and the fruits of our labor of love. While taking pictures of one of our first ripe cherry tomatoes, I decided to get creative and use a metal mixing bowl to create reflections.

This is what I came up with.








So I tried it with one of our first salad cucumbers.







I also love to take pictures of the yard and the "life" that is going on out there.

I really liked the way this gossamer-esque spider web canopy looks from the ground up, so I took a few pictures. You can see Clancy in the background of the first one!







And finally, the view from underneath the tallest dandelions I've ever seen in my life.





Looking back at these pictures of the tomato, the cucumber, the spider web and the dandelions, I've realized how much I love this and that I might actually be pretty good at it.

Also, I really enjoy sharing my pictures with other people. I try to post all of them on our Flickr account but I feel like they get lost in the shuffle.

So I've been thinking about selling prints of my pictures in our JaSar Etsy shop.

What do you think?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

If I Know Crazy

I don't really have time to write this post, but I have to get this out.

In a nutshell:

Work is CRAZY
I am CRAZY
Life is CRAZY
World is CRAZY

Fortunately, one thing that has soothed and calmed me innumerable times when I'm having a sad-girl/crazy day is the album "Scarlet's Walk" by Tori Amos.



I just plug in my earphones, whether it be on the train or at my cubicle, and Tori caresses my heart and soul with the sounds of her sweet songs and words of understanding.

She even has a song on this album called "Crazy." My favorite parts of the song are:

...so I let crazy take a spin, then I let crazy settle in, kicked off my shoes, shut reason out...

...and as soon as you have rearranged the mess in your head, he will show up looking sane, perfectly sane, if i know crazy


It helps me remember that I'm not the only one that experiences this and that it probably won't be the last time either.

Well, I guess it's back to CRAZY for me.

Thank you Tori for your beautiful music and thanks to all of you for listening.