Black-eyed Susans in Gray

I love Black-eyed Susans.  They are almost like miniature sunflowers or golden daisies.

I don’t usually do much B&W processing, but while experimenting with some Photoshop actions by VanillaSpring called Hollywood Divas, I loved the monotone effect of the one called Aylin.

“So what if He doesn’t lead me through fields of gold? As long as I am gold.” —Isabel in Goldify Me

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Rain, Rain Go Away

I actually like rain, unless there is something I want to do outside and stay dry.  A young friend’s birthday celebration was hindered by the weather, and I was reminded of something she had said when she was 10-years-old.  “Life is unfair.  I wish it could be unfair in my favor.”  I found what she said to be so raw, honest and quite profound.

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I used a free trial font called Dear Joe 1 MS for the quote and 1942 report for the credit.

 

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Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’—Maple Ice Cream with Bacon Brittle

Since I couldn’t get to the ocean this weekend, my primary summer love, I decided to post another love of summer.  Fortunately, my daughter made the best ice cream I have ever had, and has given me the recipe to share with you.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”  —Psalm 34:8

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Maple Ice Cream with Bacon Brittle

1.5 c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
.25 tsp salt.
3 large egg yolks
.25 c. sugar
.75 c. maple syrup (preferably dark)
1 cup heavy cream

1 or 2 strips of crispy bacon – minced
.5 c. granulated sugar
.5 Tbsp. butter (plus more to grease baking sheet)
.25 tsp baking soda
dash of red pepper
1 oz chopped, dark chocolate

Heat sugar on medium/high heat while stirring until it’s completely melted.  If any hard lumps appear, shut the heat off and stir until they dissolve.  Continue to cook the sugar until it’s a medium amber color.  Shut off the heat and add butter.  Next, add the baking soda and red pepper.  Stir in the minced bacon and then pour it all out onto a baking sheet.  Once cooled, shatter with a spoon or mallet.
Heat milk, vanilla and salt while you whisk together the yolks and sugar.  Temper yolk mixture and add to the pot.  Stir on low heat until it starts to thicken and turn to custard.   Immediately transfer the custard to a clean bowl in an ice bath and mix in the maple syrup.  Once cooled, or refrigerated for a couple hours, add the cream and run the custard through an ice cream machine until tripled in size.  Add bacon brittle and chocolate.  Freeze.

 

Taken with my iPhone, edited in PicsArt, and stamped with my watermark in Photoshop.  See more images on this week’s photo challenge theme Summer Lovin’.  This one by Shmamaland is my favorite.

 

Walk With Me

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“Shew me Thy ways, O LORD; teach me Thy paths.”  —Psalm 25:4

 

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Fairy Skirt or Hat

Hosta blossoms make me think of fairies, because they look like the skirts and hats seen in fairy illustrations, don’t they?

“…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” —Matthew 6:28b –33 KJV

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Bachelor Buttons and a Katydid

While watering some flowers I’d planted on our porch from ‘flower bombs’ my oldest son had given me, I noticed a katydid on top of a cabinet.  I went into the house to grab my camera and 100mm macro lens and hoped the katydid would still be there.  It seemed a bit wary of and yet fascinated by me and the camera.  I could even see its abdomen pulse up and down as I watched it through the lens.  A friend of mine related a time when a katydid jumped on her nose and wouldn’t let go.  I said I would have been screaming and jumping up and down to get it off, and she said that’s exactly what she did.  I’m glad this katydid didn’t do that.

A young katydid

A young katydid

A warm breeze blew through intermittently, so I set my camera on action mode to capture the blue Bachelor Button, and then on manual for the others when the wind was calm.

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Morning Kiss

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.”  —Song of Solomon 1:2

Two Mourning Doves

♥ Morning Kiss ♥

 

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