I didn’t get this adorable “Up and Atom” mini brooch from Erstwilder until after our vacation this summer, but a little creative photography allowed me to display it at the Atomic Tonic at Cabana Bay, and I have to say, they look like they were meant to be together!
Yesterday was all about food photos; today I’m looking at everything else, starting with an icy picture I took last winter:
I love how sharp the shadows in this photo I took on my birthday are:
I took this picture of the Nashville skyline last summer:
And a fall picture of our church framed by leaves:
I’ll end with a beautiful fall sunset:
I’m looking forward to taking more pictures in different and interesting places in 2022!
Time to take a look back at some of the prettiest food photographs I’ve taken this year! Not surprisingly, over 50% of them are desserts…I really like baking!
We may not have had a party for Chickadee’s Confirmation in March, but I still made our favorite punch, and I took a very nice picture of it:
This lemon blueberry cake has got to be one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever made!
The cranberry custard pie I made for Thanksgiving may not have fully set inside, but the outside looked gorgeous!
The Bløtkake with sugared cranberries I made for Santa Lucia Day was simple, but lovely:
I can’t believe how easy salame roses are to make, and they look so cool!
I’m looking forward to trying more new and beautiful recipes in 2022!
For my final “Top Five” list of 2020, I’m looking at photos that were taken the few times we actually went somewhere, starting with this wolf we saw at Brookfield Zoo back in January:
One of the last places Bunny and I went was to the Fabulous Fox Theatre to see Riverdance in February:
We took a lovely walk around Creve Coeur Lake in November:
Later that month, we attended Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Because the event started earlier than usual, we had the added bonus of not just seeing beautiful lights, but also a carpet of bright yellow gingko leaves!
When we visited Cahokia Mounds in November, I thought this tree stump was really cool:
It wasn’t hard to choose these pictures, because I just didn’t have many pictures taken away from home from which to choose. But in a way, that made these moments more special, and helped me appreciate the beauty around me in a way I might not have otherwise!
For today’s “Top Five,” I’m venturing out of the house…and into our neighborhood. We might not have been able to go places this year, but we spent a lot of time walking around our subdivision, from the 2-mile walks we took in the morning before school started every day the weather was amenable to evening sunset walks. The two ponds in our neighborhood are an especially good spot for a nice view, starting with this one in the early spring:
I really like this tree I started noticing while we were walking, and I think Bob Ross would have liked it, too…it looks like it’s led an interesting life!
I caught the evening light at just the right moment for this photo:
And I’m pretty sure the evening light caught me for this one!
One last sunset photo, near one of the ponds, but looking out toward the farmland that borders the neighborhood:
My only disappointment with this list is that there aren’t any snow pictures…I hope we don’t have to wait too much longer for a real snowfall!
Today’s “Top Five” continues in the home and focuses on food photography. If there’s anything I’ve done a lot this year, it’s cook. I already did a lot of cooking to begin with, but between not being able to go out to eat at all, and wanting to find something nice I could do for my family at home, I upped my cooking game (in my opinion, anyway). And while I was cooking a lot, I decided to work on my food plating and photography, too. I actually think I’ve improved a lot this year, so at least I learned something!
The first picture I chose is from the very beginning of the year, when I made Beef Wellington for Ryan’s 40th birthday on Epiphany:
We have had shawarma so many times this year. It’s always a pretty meal because it’s so colorful…this is my favorite picture of that dinner:
I’ve also done a lot of baking this year, including this lovely carrot cake:
I found a new recipe for potato-parsnip soup, and not only was it delicious, it looked beautiful!
And finally, a picture of the dessert I made to accompany our fancy Christmas dinner on Sunday. I love the colors and textures in this picture!
Food can be a tricky thing to photograph, so I’m going to keep working on improving my skills!
Continuing my series of “Top Five” lists to end the year, I’m moving on to photos taken around the house, a place we’ve all spent many more hours than usual in 2020!
To start off, a picture of my complete Ticket to Ride collection, as seen in February. I’ve actually added two more games since then (the newest board, plus the only other one from my collection that was missing), but I still love seeing how many different maps are/were in my collection!
This might not be the best picture ever, but it represents one of the few high points of the year for me…the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons:
I’m a huge fan of the Bésame Cosmetics “Love, Lucy” collection, and I really like how this picture of the lipstick I purchased turned out:
One day, I went upstairs for school and found this in my chair. It tickled me.
To the end the list as I began, a recent picture of an old Ticket to Ride game played with the clear trains from the edition I received for Christmas. The trains are so cool!
That’s just a small glimpse into our year as seen in photos taken around the house!
Time to take a look back at my five favorite photos from 2019! Notable this year is that a lot of my pictures were taken (or cropped) in “square” mode, since I’m using Instagram more than ever.
First, a picture from early in the year, when we enjoyed a snowy day in the Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden:
Another winter picture, this time of two snow leopards at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago:
A spring photo featuring cherry blossoms in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden:
The Red Arrows in flight!
Fall at Forest Park’s Pagoda Circle:
And an honorable mention…a photo taken at the holiday flower and train show at the Missouri Botanical Garden just a few days ago!
Obviously, I have my favorite places to take pictures, but I like that I’m constantly finding new ways to highlight them!
It’s time for a look back at my top five favorite photos from 2018! They can be organized into two categories…pictures from our trips to Chicago, and pictures from the Missouri Botanical Garden.
First, a picture of the Chicago skyline from outside the Adler Planetarium in January:
And a picture of Lake Michigan from Glencoe Beach:
We were back in Chicago in May, and I loved the poppies at the Chicago Botanic Garden:
We visited Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden for the first time, and the dragon was a huge hit!
Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is always one of favorite events:
My children will accuse me of “cheating,” but I’m adding two bonus photos anyway…not necessarily because they’re great pictures, but because they have such great memories attached to them. First, this picture from our trip to Florida of Bunny at Diagon Alley, which is pretty much the happiest I’ve ever seen her:
And the picture I took of Chickadee the day we went pumpkin picking, and she got “baby porcupines” stuck to her boots. Two months later, and the memory still makes me giggle!
I’m already looking forward to the pictures I will take in 2019…I can’t wait to see what special memories I capture!