Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween and A Ghostly Sighting...

Hmmm... When I snapped a photo of the pumpkins my kids carved last night a ghostly image appeared on the left... Should I be afraid tonight?

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Which Photograph For My New Book Do You Like Best?

{Two Trees by Loretta Fontaine, Portland Oregon 2012}
 Sometimes I think it's even harder to choose the photography for my new book "Eco-Happy- Three Steps Towards an Earth-Friendly Life" than it was to write the book! I am going through hundreds of photographs I took over many, many years searching for the pictures that will give the book the right nuance, the right emotion. This photograph above of the bark on a tree (with the out-of-focus tree behind it to the right - love that!) is a favorite image I think may make the final cut.

{untitled photograph #1 by Loretta Fontaine, Portland Oregon 2012}

{untitled photograph #2 by Loretta Fontaine, Portland Oregon 2012}
Now, which of these two photographs do you like best? It was April in Portland, and the buds are of a tulip tree. I can't decide which photograph to use. The more closely cropped untitled photograph #2 shows off the balletic nature of the new unfurling leaves, but the twisting and turning of the branches in the untitled photograph #1 are beautiful also...


Friday, October 19, 2012

Goodbye Garden Tomatoes...

We had a hard frost last week here in New York - so goodbye garden tomatoes. I'm posting a photo of our tomatoes I took a month ago - to post a photo of the brown, withered vines in the garden would be too sad!

We grew an heirloom tomato with pink skin (can you see the color in the photograph?) Ironically, it's the exact same shade as the hothouse tomatoes you'd find in the grocery store! My mother bought the the plants two years ago for her garden, and we saved her seeds for two years in the fridge before we planted them.

The only veggie left in the gardens is swiss chard, and I'm covering it every night with tarps to protect it from the cold and the deer! Swiss chard is a really hardy plant, and I hope to keep harvesting it for another month. (Also am covering a hot pepper plant I hope to pot up soon!)


Monday, October 15, 2012

A Great Plate makes the lunch...

{lunch on Liz Vigoda Pottery}
 Lunch today - nothing fancy, just a turkey and avocado sandwich - but made so nice on a beautiful plate! I've been collecting my talented neighbor Liz Vigoda's pottery for a while now and it always makes me smile!

 Liz and I are working out the details of our annual Delmar Holiday Open Studios and I've been working on the postcard design today. We're planning on December 8&9. (I'm designing on my trusty old 12" Powerbook G4, you know one of those ancient non-Intel Macs! I know I have to get a new computer soon, but it's so hard to say goodbye to this handy Mac since it still does it all! Let's say I already replaced the hard drive once myself and am SO attached!)
{Liz Vigoda botanical vase}
 Here are the images Liz sent me for the postcard. Isn't this beautiful? Each piece is handbuilt and uniquely decorated.
{Liz Vigoda pottery}
Here's another image Liz sent me, which I LOVE since chickadees are one of my favorite birds, but don't think the horizontal image will work out on the postcard design...

When the postcard is done I'll post the final design!