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Merry Christmas 2013!

Red - Allied Arts - 2013

A few weeks ago I went for a walk at Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild – one of my favorite local places. It’s good therapy for mind and soul to just walk the gardens there.

The Guild had their holiday decorations up – and this particular image has become one of my favorites. Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 and post-processed in Photoshop CC with the Oil Paint filter to add some texture. I love the range of colors and lights/shadows in this image. Peaceful.

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful – and peaceful – Christmas season this year!

The Red Ornament

Red - Allied Arts - 2013

The day after Thanksgiving I stopped by Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild with my new Fujifilm X-E2 camera. I wrote a brief article about it over on InMenlo.com.

Allied Arts was decorated with holiday ornaments – and this particular one caught my eye. There’s a distant reflection of another red ornament in the window in the upper right – purposely out of focus in this shot.

Post-processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO Film and in Photoshop CC with a touch of the Oil Paint filter.

Merry Christmas 2012!

On the Edge of the Sun - Yosemite Valley - 2011

We just finished our family Christmas Eve celebration – and the fourth birthday celebration for granddaughter Lucy. We hosted a big crowd – and, fortunately, the weather cooperated to make it easy.

We cooked up a simple dinner – using our favorite oven roasted tri-tip recipe (eight pounds – of which we managed to eat almost six tonight), sautéed green beans, oven roasted small potatoes with rosemary and olive oil, a mushroom side dish, and a wonderful salad. We had lots of help in the kitchen making for a busy but fun late afternoon celebration.

Hope you’re enjoying your Christmas celebration – enjoying this special season and time for family!

Update: Christmas dinner – We’re roasting a pork loin with apples for our Christmas dinner this year. It’s an old favorite of ours – this year we’re trying an abbreviated bit of “dry brining” ahead of roasting it. More info here! Today’s version of this old favorite pork loin roast recipe was perhaps the best we’ve ever made!

Merry Christmas 2011

Tis the Season - Menlo Park - 2011

Merry Christmas!

Our family celebrates Christmas Eve together – and the whole gang was at our house today for a great dinner and lots of fun singing carols, catching up, and just being together. Our two grand-daughters and Lily had fun and were the center of attention much of the time. As I said last year, family, great food, and sharing – it doesn’t get any better than that!

Earlier this year, I started to get more serious about sharing an online portfolio of what I think of as my best work. You can find it here: photos.sjl.us. Hope you enjoy it!

Note: the image above is from this year’s Christmas tree at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

Merry Christmas 2010!

Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful family afternoon and evening at our house yesterday for Christmas Eve. Our two grand-daughters were the center of much of the attention – Christmas really is for kids! Dinner included a 6 lb boneless turkey breast – 2 hours at 325 degrees – delish! and a Niman Ranch ham – along with a bunch of side dishes brought by family members including root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, and Julie’s Petite Potatoes. Family, great food, and sharing – it doesn’t get any better than that!

For fun this morning, I used Scout from Big Huge Labs to create a poster of my “best” photos on Flickr. Scout uses Flickr’s “interestingness” results to rank the photos.

If you want to see a specific photo, click on the “continue reading” link and you’ll find a row by row list with a link to each photo included in the poster.

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