Pumpkin Patch

I was looking for photos I haven’t posted that I could share and I realized I’ve been hoarding these two from a few weeks ago in my archives. My mom and I usually stop by this mini farmer’s market across the street from Yates Cider Mill when we go. They had pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors and I thought this gourd patch looked neat.

I know it’s officially AFTER Thanksgiving and Halloween and I should be posting like, cute snowflakes pictures, but it’s December 3rd and we still haven’t had a snowfall here in the Metro Detroit Area. And I hope that my mentioning that didn’t just jinx us. I want snow for pictures. But I don’t want it for driving and everything else.

Anyway, enjoy!

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Decay and Vitality

I took my annual trip to Yates Cider Mill last month and of course I brought my camera with me. It was towards the end of the foliage decay in this particular section of town, so there weren’t too many subjects to photograph, but I managed.

I used my 50mm lens, partly because I forgot to stick my macro lens on – however, as I’ve mentioned before, I seem to get some really fantastic bokeh shots with this lens and it continues to be my go-to lens for every day photography.

Anyway, here’s a few shots from the day.

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I really like the way the above photo turned out. I think it shows a great contrast between colors, but also between the decay and vitality of nature and how strongly something like a leaf can hang on to it’s live-giving branch. That sounds super poetic, but nature is poetic.

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I had a tough time choosing between the above photo and another, landscape version of the same leaves. But ultimately, like that poppy picture from this summer, I like the contrast between the orange of the leaves and the serene blue background.

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In this last photo, I found this stalk of leaves sprouting out of the ground surrounded by mostly trees with falling leaves and I thought it was just brilliant to see this bright green foliage defying the autumn season.

Clinging

Tonight’s post seems like a burden cause I’m not really in the mood to blog. BUT IT’S BLOGVEMBER and I gotta keep my promises.

I got my Wacom Intuos tablet in the snail mail today and it’s pretty glorious! It sped up the photo editing process and hopefully will motivate me to work in Illustrator again. Hopefully.

Anyway, here’s another shot I really liked from my short trip to Yates this past weekend. There were some branches on the trail that still had berries and I thought they made for good points of interest. Pretty sure I took this on all manual as well.

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Crumpled

I rushed over the Yates Cider Mill a few nights ago right before the sun went down because I wanted to take pictures of dead and dying foliage.

I managed to get a few interesting shots before it got really dark. I did most of them on complete manual, which I find always gives me really interesting photos. I think it’s the fact that I can make the lens focus wherever I please, so it gives multi-dimensional visual points. If that makes any sense.

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Post-Workout Pumpkin Smoothie

Speaking of pumpkins, aside from eating them plainly after being baked, you can obviously use them in various recipes.

I’ve been¬†incorporating pumpkin into my post-workout smoothies and I’m loving it. It gives them a silky texture and brilliant color.

Below is this morning’s pumpkin smoothie with banana, strawberries, oatmeal, honey, milk, and water. Boom! (Picture taken with my Galaxy Note 5)

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Tendrils & Innards

While summer is and always will be my favorite season in the year, I am a total “white girl” when it comes to autumn. I love everything pumpkin. I have definitely rolled my eyes more than a few times at some of the pumpkin flavored products out there (let’s be real, pumpkin barely has a flavor to begin with) but I still pick some up. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my Starbucks lifeblood.

That said, we bake fresh pumpkin periodically throughout autumn in my household, and if you’ve never had fresh baked pumpkin, YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON A GIFT OF GOD HIMSELF YA’LL. My parents recommend pumpkins that aren’t orange pumpkin colored. Like you know those big white ones or the big taupe etc? Those generally make the most delicious sweet baked pumpkin. Sooo good.

My dad bought a taupe one the other day and baked half of it this morning. It’s delicious! The other half was chillin’ on our kitchen table, so I grabbed my camera and took pictures of the innards, which looked like a really cool stringy orange cave of seeds and tendrils. Here’s a neat little closeup.

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