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Sunday - Mini Cupcakes

First off: the image that I submitted for our Sunday Group Project was not the one I had planned in my head. However, sometimes we need to adjust our plans to make a decent image.

One of our favorite local grocery stores (they only exist in Arizona), has one of the best bakeries in town. The bakery of AJ's Fine Foods is always busy on weekends. I spotted these little cupcakes before, and today I finally purchased some of them. Oh, they are so yummy (and cute). They are called "My Dad's Mini Cupcakes". They come in different varieties: red velvet cake, chocolate, vanilla, and so many more. If you are every in Arizona, not only call me to have a meet-up, but visit AJ's Fine Foods' bakery. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards - so eat your dessert first.
— Unknown
Lensbaby Velvet 56  - SS 1/100 - ISO 640 - f 5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 640 - f 5.6

The above image was taken for the Sunday Project Group - 52 Sundays - one Sunday at a time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, have a mini cupcake or two...

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday Morning Breakfast

I enjoy Sunday morning breakfast. It is leisure, laid back, nothing like the work week. I don't have to hurry, get ready for work. I can take my time. I can even make myself an egg. One thing that I miss greatly in Arizona? Getting farm fresh eggs at a farmer's market. We have them in Germany. Usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays all the farmers from the surrounding areas come to the city to sell their produce/fresh eggs/meats. I have found some eggs at our local Safeway that we really enjoy and they taste like eggs: Nellie's Free Range Eggs.

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
— John Gunther

With this being said, here is what my Sunday morning breakfast looks like:

Sunday mornig breakfast

This image was taking for the 2018 Sunday Project - 52 images - One Sunday at a time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, have some leisurely breakfast.

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.

Red-Currants.jpg

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)

Macro Monday ~ Volume 15

Welcome to Macro Monday ~ Volume 15. This time I wanted to share something different. I truly believe that part of my photography is to share part of me and who I am. During the winter month, I enjoy a great cup of tea. Loose tea especially. You may think that the writing is incorrect. Not so; it is just the German word for tea. :) macro-monday-15

Settings: SS 1/160 - f6.3 - ISO 2000 - Tamron Macro Lens

Follow the link to another beautiful macro image posted by Elizabeth of Brown and Blue Photography.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Until next time - keep smiling,

Iris :)