Four Roses

The purpose of this post is to illustrate two things. First is the development of four roses over a few days. Second is to demonstrate how the same subject, shot from the relatively same location, can look quite different in various lighting situations. These photos were taken in our flower garden. If you are viewing this post on Facebook, click on the image to see four roses over a few days.
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A Different Art

To me, any craft done well becomes art; whether it is cooking, gardening. woodwork, making music or creating an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS). My Facebook friends have seen a picture of the smoker my son made for me (I bought the parts) at its delivery. Since then it has cured with a hot fire for several hours and later launched into its first food creation . . . a smoked pork shoulder.

For many, barbecue means smoked low and slow as opposed to grilling. For those that prefer smoking to grilling, the goal is a slow cook (about 200-220 degrees F) for many hours. I prefer natural lump charcoal and applewood chunks for pork. Here’s the art of a finely crafted smoker.

At delivery.

At delivery.

One of three air-intake pipes; two with screw caps that are either on or off and one with a valve. These are used to control the heat in the 55 gallon drum.

One of three air-intake pipes. Two with screw caps that are either on or off and one with a valve. These are used to control the heat in the 55 gallon drum.

Here is the pipe with a valve control that can be closed or set at various degrees of open.

Here is the pipe with a valve control that can be closed or set at various degrees of open.


The goal is a steady low temperature.

The goal is a steady low temperature.

These holes can also help with heat control, but are used more for smoke control.

These holes can also help with heat control, but are used more for smoke control.

These holes can be covered with the magnet on the right, They are for temperature probes to monitor the temperature of the meat.  This grill has a total of four holes as you can cook as many as 6 pork shoulders at a time. I aim for a meat temperature of 185 degrees for fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

These holes can be covered with the magnet on the right, They are for temperature probes to monitor the temperature of the meat. This grill has a total of four holes as you can cook as many as 6 pork shoulders at a time. I aim for a meat temperature of 185 degrees for fall-off-the-bone tenderness.


Here's the front of the grill with protective mitten, tongs, grill brush, tool for setting coal basket in place, meat and smoker thermometers, and bottle opener.

Here’s the front of the grill with protective mitten, tongs, grill brush, tool for setting coal basket in place, meat and smoker thermometers, and bottle opener.

The finished product ready to be pulled or chopped.

The finished product ready to be pulled or chopped.

It’s name (Ugly Drum Smoker) refers to its aesthetic simplicity, but I consider it a beautiful work of well-crafted art. Thanks Sean!

Cygnets

Cygnet is the name given to baby swans. A mutual friend of Pat and I tipped us off to the location of some cygnets. After a short search, we found the family barely 20 feet from the edge of a rather busy road. Risking life and limb, Pat and I crossed the road and edged our way to the reeds surrounding the small lake. We were able to get some good shots as the proud parents watched us with a wary eye.

Mom and cygnets as seen from the road.

Mom and cygnets as seen from the road.


Family Portrait

Family Portrait


Quints

Quints


Mom and Quints

Mom and Quints

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