Serenity Project - November 2017

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of November 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

Last week I was off work (a stay-cation). I truly needed the break from work, to recharge. This month I sharing some images from our backyard. We have two Bougainvillea bushed that I always like to explore to find new shooting angles. My husband already rolls his eyes when I grab my Tamron macro lens to photograph the bushes.

At any rate, here are three images, photographed from different angles...

At Eye Level - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

At Eye Level - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

From Above - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

From Above - SS: 1/1000 - f 8.0 - ISO 250

From Below - SS: 1/250 - f8.0 - ISO 250

From Below - SS: 1/250 - f8.0 - ISO 250

After photographing the same subject from different perspectives, I notices some movement on one of our small trees behind me. Little did I know that the movement came from some bees, collecting pollen. Bees are not easy to photograph in flight, however I was able to capture on perfectly (even with some catch-light in its little eye):

SS: 1/2000 - f4.0 - ISO 250

SS: 1/2000 - f4.0 - ISO 250

Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Mabel, of Mabel Chow Photographs, to see what she is sharing with us this month.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and explore your own backyard for some serenity.

Iris (TGTG)

 

Green Corner Restaurant - Mesa

There are maybe a handful restaurants we enjoy going to. Over the last couple of months we have visited the Green Corner Restaurant, in Mesa. It only is a 15 minutes drive from our house. What we really like about this place is the freshness of their dishes. The flavor of the Mediterranean cuisine has always awakened my taste buds.

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Last weekend we tried a new dish, "Gyros - Chicago Style". "Chicago Style" means that you receive french fries with your meat. However, you can also order the Gyros with rice, or the low carb option, with a Greek salad.

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With every dish you receive fresh vegetables; in this case, cucumber, tomatoes, and red onions. The meat (beef and lamb) itself is perfectly cooked on a vertical rotisserie spicket, finished up on the hot griddle. The spices used for the meat are harmonious. The tzatziki sauce is savory and freshly made; wonderful to dip the pita bread in.

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My husband and I agree, that this has been the best Gyros we have had since living in Arizona. If you are looking for a restaurant that hits all your taste buds, why don't you give the "Green Corner Restaurant" a try.

Another incentive: the restaurant offers a 5% discount to all students on Friday and Saturday.

I like to hear from you and your opinion about this restaurant, or share one of you favorite restaurants in the comment section. I am always looking for good places to eat that offer healthy food.

Until next time...

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - October 2017

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of October 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

Last month, for my birthday, I explored the Desert Botanical Garden, located in the middle of Phoenix. From one of the lookouts you can see Camelback Mountain, one of the many hiking destination in Arizona.

Canon 28mm - f8 - SS:1/400 - ISO 50

I was excited to spend some time in one of my favorite places, however not much was in bloom. September is still very warm in Arizona, thankfully the morning are now cooler so that you can spend time exploring. Here are some of my favorite images from that outing.

 

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS: 1/500 - ISO 50

Tamron Macro Lens - 90mm - f5.0 - SS: 1/500 ISO 250

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS: 1/1600 - ISO 250

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS:1/2000 - ISO 100

Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Susan Bahen, Ottawa Fine Art Photographer, is sharing this month from her surroundings with her post titled "October Grey Days make Fall Colours Shine".

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and explore your local gardens for some serenity.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - September 2017

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of September 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm. One of the major things I miss from Germany are the Farmers Markets. Non only can you get fresh meets, eggs, and fruit, but the variety is much better than here in Arizona. When my husband I visited to local Sprouts Farmers Market, I was so happy to see one of my favorite fruits, red currants. Unfortunately they only had one little container left, with a hefty price tag. However my husband encouraged me to get them. Not only where they yummy (and transported be back to my childhood), they were also fun to photograph. :)

Red Currants are also good for you. They are high in Fiber, Macronutrients, Vitamin C & K, Iron, and last but not least, Antioxidants. Red currants are small, round fruits that bear a resemblance to grapes. These sweet, juicy berries are commonly used in jams, sauces and various baked goods, or are simply eaten by hand as a snack (my personal favorite way). Adding red currants to your diet plan will give you a boost of nutrient density.

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Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Eileen, of Eileen Critchley, Photographer, San Antonio. Eileen used to live here in the Valley until this past spring. I was blessed to get to meet her in person. I miss her here, however I believe she enjoys getting new inspiration in her new city, San Antonio.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and eat some Red Currants.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - August 2017

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of August 2017. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

"The skies and land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite that wherever you are you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro." ~ Ansel Adams

Since it is still very warm in Arizona, and I don't want to put my equipment in jeopardy, I am learning to shoot indoors. However, shooting indoors has taught me where the best light is in my house. I usually do not pay that much attention to the light in the home because I love to be outdoors. With this being said the light in our laundry room is better good for macro photography; who knew.

Here are the images I captured of a beautiful, tri-colored rose. This time I chose to photograph with my Tamron, 90mm macro lens, with different depths/close-ups.

Follow the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Kathy Roberts, of Kathleen Roberts Photography. Kathy lives in the beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. I always feel serenity when I visit her site featuring the beautiful area she lives in. Go check our her work for yourself.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and smell the roses.

Iris (TGTG)