August 20, 2017

Timing

August 20, 2017 (231/365)

"Blue thou art, intensely blue; 
Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?" 
~ James Montgomery

One of the best things about our morning walks is discovering new things,
like the beautiful Commelina communis -- Asiatic dayflower.
This tiny blue beauty blooms for just one day. Again, timing is everything!
August 19, 2017

Camellia

August 19, 2017 (231/365)

« On peut être irrésistible à tout âge » ~ Coco Chanel
Happy 134th, Mademoiselle!

August 18, 2017

French Friday: Angelina

August 18, 2017 (230/365)

« Une vie sans chocolat est une vie à laquelle manque l'essentiel. »
~ Marcia Colman et Frederic Morton


Angelina on the rue de Rivoli has been a treat for Parisians and tourists since 1903. The Belle Epoque tearoom was a favorite of Marcel Proust, and Coco Chanel, whose atelier is just around the corner on the rue Cambon, indulged almost daily in Angelia's famous le chocolat chaud à l’ancienne l’Africain.


At home, if I crave a beautiful French pastry, I visit Le Rêve in Wauwatosa. 

 Yesterday's choices, shared with a friend: Chocolate Raspberry Dome...
(pistachio cake, raspberry mousse, dark chocolate mousse, raspberry gelée, dark chocolate glaze)

and Gâteau de Caramel Salé (below)
(flourless chocolate cake, crispy caramel streusel, salted caramel crémeux, milk chocolate mousse)

August 17, 2017

The End...



August 17, 2017 (229/365)

"No flowers to plant, no garden to tend,
As summertime lazily comes to an end.
It's time to sit back and deliciously savor
The beauty of the season and the fruits of our labor."
~ Nancy Hughes

With the last of my "Buddy Bucks," I headed to Ebert's in search of a few more flowers for my garden. The greenhouses were almost empty, so I chased dragonflies and took pictures instead. 
August 16, 2017

Observation and Reflection

August 16, 2017 (228/365)

"It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. 
The light constantly changes, and that alters 
the atmosphere and beauty of things every minute." ~ Claude Monet

I spy 🐸... Did you notice him in the first picture?

These photos really illustrate the the thrill and the frustration of photography: everything hinges on preparation, light, and timing. My timing was right and the light was beautiful, I wasn't prepared -- I only had my phone to capture these moments. But, I always say that the best camera is the only you have with you, so these "Impressionistic" pictures are the result.

Do you think my little critic approves?