In the last 60 days I’ve:
Planted 100 plants.
Rode to Key West and back on my stationery bike.
Created a mountain of shredded paper from old files.
Became a wooden jigsaw puzzle fanatic.
Explored, photographed and made storyboards of what’s blooming in my yard.
Participated in zoom meetings and plant clinics with fellow master gardeners.
Made an epic “well wishes” video (while wearing facemasks) for a couple being wed in Hong Kong.
Dusted off my bread recipes from 30 years ago... I kneaded to do that!
All the while there was something missing. It was my connections to my people and my work.
I started to feel a little low. Don’t go there I said to myself.
So I turned off the news, took a break from Facebook and got my hair cut.
Suddenly I felt lifted.
My point is, I do not want to go back to that time warp called quarantine. But I am afraid. I see people not wearing masks, mingling, and this cannot be a recipe for a good outcome. I fear the virus will return with a vengeance, and sooner than later.
Let’s just all try to be mindful, for each other’s sake.
Incidentally, there are incredibly attractive facemasks available in my online store. http://www.art-a-porter.com/carol.ellis. For the first 10 customers there is a discount code ..... CE01gift ....for a savings of 20 percent.
To make your own hand sanitizer, you only need two ingredients: Aloe vera, and rubbing alcohol.
In a blender, mix one cup fresh aloe vera gel scooped from inside 2 medium aloe vera leaves. Only the clear gel is used, avoiding the green outer skin. Mix gel with with two cups (16 oz) rubbing alcohol until blended. Use wintergreen infused alcohol for a fresh scent, or use regular clear isopropyl alcohol and then add a few drops of essential oils to make it smell better.
The mixture will be thinner than store-bought hand sanitizer. Completely coat your hands with gel and let them air dry. FYI: Vodka is not an effective substitute for rubbing alcohol; trying it would be considered “Alcohol Abuse”.
The camera you have in your hand is the best one. You never know what is going to unfold before your eyes.
If I had known the grey pre-dawn mist would reveal this spectacular show, I would have had my Hasselblad camera. None-the-less the camera on hand was my Nikon, however the choice of lenses was limited to a 55 mm macro and a telephoto… Not your typical landscape choice.
I picked the 55, and the first seven exposures of my panorama were magic. Though not sure how a macro lens would work, I processed, stitched and was rewarded with this shot.
Looking at the image, it has a special quality that only the “pre-digital” 55 macro lens could provide. Sharp detail, yet painterly, with soft pastel hues.
Check out at my new “Little Salt Photography by Carol Ellis” wall at Island Interiors. This 54” panoramic canvas entitled “Pastel Dawn”, as well as examples of a wide range of my previous work is on display Monday ~ Friday.
at Island Interiors, 8 Barracuda Lane, Ocean Reef.
This photographic website provides me the opportunity for self-expression, for sharing