Archives For March 2012

Lazy Photographer

March 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

I admit it. I am a little lazy ;)

This little chap was literally 3 feet from my back door. I’m quite pleased, well more than my knees and neck are.

Free 1920x1200 dandelion macro wallpaper

Food

March 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

I got some good press for my home made Butternut squash Risotto with Okra.

Enjoy

Mike’s Butternut Squash Risotto – enough for 2 hungry people.

Ingredients

Butternut squash x1 in 1cm cubes = about 600g
2.5 table spoon olive oil (i used spanish) (1tblspoon = 15ml)
garlic 3 cloves, mushed
200g risotto rice (i use arborio)
1 good quality vegetable stock cube (you will be making 600ml)
white wine – 30ml (2 table spoon)
okra, i used 100g, fresh basil.
1x lime, grated parmesan to taste
dice the squash
boil for 10-15 mins
use the squash water to make 600ml stock

in a biggish pot, put rice, only 2 tablespoon (30ml) of oil, and garlic and wine
moderate heat for a few minutes to let this soak into the rice

add small amount of the stock, like a cup full.
stir until this is soaked in and the consistency is creamy
another cup of stock
more with the stirring
heat should be a simmering low, nearly but not boiling
now add the squash and aother cup of stock
more stirring to let this all soak up
add the rest of the stock

stir every few minutes… this will probably be 25 mins.
chop the okra and basil, use the remaining half teaspoon of oil to shallow fry
when soft, add this all to the risotto.

let the whole thing infuse at a very low heat for another 10 mins.
serve with lime juice and grated parmesan.

i reckon the whole thing is done inside 1 hour.

Stop The Press!

March 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

Well, no, don’t!

It seems my set of high definition retina wallpapers for the New iPad is proving to be a hit. Here are some of the featured links…

http://beautifulpixels.com/goodies/retina-wallpapers-for-the-new-ipad/

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/03/23/new-ipad-retina-display-wallpapers/

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/03/new-ipad-check-out-our-resource-guide-for-retina-wallpapers

Of course there are some unscrupulous sites that have remorselessly taken my images to host on their own ‘wallpaper’ sites and don’t even make reference to the original artist. Strangely, they don’t respond to emails either :(

Sigh, but either way, enjoy.

Michael

ps, one unscrupulous site: http://www.ilikewallpaper.com/The-new-iPad

Life’s lenses

March 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

Life has been smiley. I received a dish drainer, food blender, wifi booster aerials. We watched TV and films and I cooked. A damned fine seafood risotto, for one meal!

As is always a constant, I think about photography. I noticed how the morning sun falls on my garden at the rear of our house. It takes virtually no prodding to get out my macro rig and go snap dew drops!!

Enjoy!

Creativity or work?

March 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

Danbo tramples Apples!

So, creativity or work? For me these two really are mutually exclusive.

My life has divided neatly between the two, following one or the other like a puppy on a leash.

The dilemma weighs heavy when you realize creative equals happy and work equates to just surviving, but creativity and money are reluctant partners without the mediator who we shall just call slave like work ethic.

Sigh.

iPad 3 wallpaper, free for your personal use.

I’ve settled on iPad 3; well they started the numbers game! Naming and tagging the free wallpapers I produce for the damned device is a little more irritating. Kind of first world problem irritating, but still.

Enjoy, Michael.

 

Distractions…

March 8, 2012 — Leave a comment

So, today. Bizarrely, I have achieved a fair amount. The complete antithesis from the usual where I can suck up an entire day’s minutes in front of the television.

I have been squaririzing some of my more simple images for iPad use. Specifically for background wallpapers. Here’s a set on Flickr you can link to.

Aside from this, i mounted a wireless router to a wall! Go me with the DIY! And vacuumed! Also surprisingly motivated.

I will post some more images tomorrow to save your sanity and feast your eyes!