Category Archives: Photography, Painting, Sculpture

Food Photography, Part I

Every few months, my husband and his brother used to get together and cook a gourmet meal. My sister-in-law and I were the happy recipients of all this good food — although some dishes were rather experimental. Over the years, we’ve had French, Italian, Greek, Ethiopian, Chinese, and Korean food, to name a few. Nothing was off the menu, including ingredients like squid or raw ground beef, exotic spices, rich sauces. All ingredients were fresh or of the highest quality. And, of course, all this was accompanied with the appropriate alcoholic drink.

For a multitude of reasons, the guys haven’t cooked together for the past five or six years. In the meantime, Robert, my brother-in-law, has become an award-winning nature photographer. Last weekend, they resumed their gourmet meal creations and added a new ingredient: photos. Here was the menu (click on the picture for a larger view): Continue reading

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Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2009

a01_00000001The online version of The Boston Globe,, is offering the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2009, with a new celestial picture taken from the newly refurbished Hubble Telescope, every day until Christmas. This is a page you’ll want to go back to every day. The pictures are stunning, with vibrant colours and great clarity.

Whether one is a believer or not, it’s impossible not to be awed by the grandeur of the cosmos and feel how small and insignificant we really are. The pictures remind us that time and space are nearly infinite and that our own time on the third rock from the sun is short. We must make the best of it.

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Dust Storm in Australia

d03_20460815Yesterday, Sydney Australia was hit by the worst dust storm in 70 years. The pictures from the Boston Globe are simply amazing.

One thinks of sandstorms and dust storms in Africa, or even the Middle East, but rarely in Australia, although they also have deserts.  This has been exacerbated by the severe droughts on the continent, although the city is near the ocean and not near the centre.

The storm stalled flights at the airport but fortunately didn’t cause accidents on the roads. Many towns in the path of the dust storm were affected.

Hmmm. I’d rather take a snowstorm.

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The Sojourns In Nature Photo Blog

My brother-in-law Robert, photographer extraordinaire, has started a photo blog and I must say that the photos are pretty terrific. He does not post often but when he does, it’s definitely worth it so you might want to syndicate it.

Here’s what he says about himself accomplishment-wise:

My photographic journey started in September 2004, with the acquisition of a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera, a number of quality Canon lenses, and other photographic equipment. Despite being a late bloomer, I’ve won numerous photography contests and prizes in a very short time behind the lens. My images have been published in Yankee Magazine, Nature’s Best Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine and others. My photographs are available for licensing via Oxford Scientific and Visuals Unlimited (my stock agencies) – type “servranckx” in the search box.

The Sojourns In Nature Photo Blog

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