On the Move Lunch Idea

MasonjarsaladSalad in a Mason jar?

When I googled “portable lunch no sandwiches,” this adorable idea came up.

The salad lasts for five days in the refrigerator, the dressing is on the bottom – first layer – so it is not soggy until you shake it up and it is pretty to look at. Add to that my own requirements for something easy to bring on a kayak and healthy, and this is a winner.

I made mine with red onion, carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, basil leaves and feta. You can add chicken, beans, anything you like. The key is to put the dressing in the bottom of the jar and then add the veggies least likely to absorb the dressing. In my case this was the onion, carrot and tomatoes.

I love the idea of prepping the salad once on a Sunday and then having it available in the refrigerator ready to go for the rest of the week. This could become a regular thing.

There are lots and lots of recipe ideas online. Taco salads, Greek salads, etc. Try http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/mason-jar-salads_n_5452313.html as a start.

Pretty soon I will be packing mine with veggies all grown in the garden!

Amazing Day at Shelving Rock Falls

We wanted to do a photo hike but we didn’t want to be far from home, it couldn’t be too strenuous, and we wanted to see wildlife. So we went to Shelving Rock Falls and we weren’t disappointed.

This is the time of year when snapping turtles lay eggs and we found this one crossing into a pond.turtle

I must have had turtles on my mind when I downloaded my images because I swear it looks like a turtle’s head in the rocks in the falls. Do you see it?shelvingrock

The walk was good. We headed down to the lake at one point and sat on the boulders soaking in the beauty of Lake George. We heard an owl in the distance and waved at a few boaters out enjoying the quiet waters.

When our hike was just about done, we spotted these swallowtail butterflies. There were many around — in the air and on the roadway — but a group of three to five would flit about and then land together. They didn’t seem to mind our picture taking one bit.trio

It was a fine day in the woods with a friend. Thanks G.


Kayaking Lake George

Amazingly beautifulA day on the water with friends was just what I needed.

Mind and body have been buzzing lately.

This Spring has been a busy one. There’s a lot going on and I’m a ruminator.

In the wee hours of the morning, I think about things. I lie awake pondering possibilities before falling back to sleep.

Today cleared my mind. Lake George does that for me. I found myself thoroughly immersed in what I was seeing…the first of the yellow waterlilies, the reflection of the sun on the rocks, the turtles, the red-wing blackbirds, the frogs…the sounds of croaks and calls.

It felt so good to be in the moment, recognize the beauty and go with the flow.

I needed that.

A Picture Perfect Day with Carl Heilman II

Yesterday was a great summer day in a beautiful spot on Lake George, with a good friend, learning from an admired photographer.

CarilThe fun began when I reached Wiawaka for a day-long workshop with Carl Heilman, a landscape photographer I have long admired. Check out his work http://www.carlheilman.com

He has an eye for the beauty of our Adirondack Mountains and the technical know-how to gather the information in the field and then digitally develop in his studio an image that is magnificently close to what the human eye saw while standing on the mountain, along the stream, next to the waterfall or deep in the forest.

This is the skill I want to develop and was hoping to catch yesterday. Carl helped get me closer. The workshop included information on equipment but primarily we focused on the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how and where to focus. We talked about exposure compensation, hyperfocus, bracketing, and more.

Carl is a patient teacher answering question after question, repeating the information until all 9 of us in the room were comfortable…then we went outside to shoot.

Last night, before falling asleep, I reviewed snippets of his lectures and prayed I could remember it all.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and when I’m in the field thinking about how to capture a particular image I hope I remember everything he said.

If not, he said we could contact him. Thanks Carl.

Eastern Painted Turtle, two

I just finished this painting of an Eastern Painted Turtle. I saw this fellow this Spring basking in the sun on Lake George in upstate New York. I was out in my kayak and he was back in the marsh off Huddle Bay. Most of the other turtles splashed into the water as I approached but this handsome fellow was brave enough to just watch as I shot photo after photo. The painting measures 9 by 12 and is for sale.

Turtle Paintings

I worked on both of the turtle paintings yesterday. One is still in progress but – drum roll please – the other is finished.

Reminder: I took a photo of this turtle while kayaking on Huddle Bay in Lake George earlier this year. He was a brave turtle and the only one that didn’t dive into the water when he saw my boat approach. Instead, he posed on a bed of moss and let me take photo after photo of him basking in the sun.

If you are interested in purchasing this 11×14 oil painting. Contact me.

My next painting will be of old garden tools.

I like having something I’m thinking about painting while I’m still finishing up a current painting. Friends of mine have loaned/given me some old tools to use. I also have some images of contents inside garden sheds that I took on road trips. ¬†And, I’m certainly including my favorite trowel.

In my imagination, the painting has a few watering cans (I have my Grandmother’s), terra-cotta pots with patina, a worn green cultivator (Thanks, Judy B.) and my Johnson Brothers trowel. I’d love to include a glass bell-shaped cloche should anyone have one I can borrow.

I’ll start by setting up the still life and tweaking it until I’m satisfied with the composition. I like when the eye travels from a main focal point to another point and another inside the painting. I’ll show you the photo I will work from once it is done. Meanwhile, enjoy Mr. Turtle.