I have developed a bit of an obsession with baking. This week I produced 2 loaves of challah (very heavy), one killer caramel apple pie, two loaves of decent artisan bread, one pizza dough, and two loaves of wonderful whole wheat bread. Baking, and cooking in general, hits the same creative spot in me as taking photos and playing guitar. Improvising within strict guidelines.
My cooking space happens to have great natural light, with a high north facing window. I kept my camera near while I prepared the whole wheat bread.
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We had been South Africa for 10 days before our experience at Hluhluwe. We were visiting close friends that live in Durban, and we spent the first part of the trip getting to know the area around the city, as well as the area 50km north around Mtuba, where our hosts were part of a sugar cane collective. Urban South Africa is amazing, people with means have access to all manner of cutting edge technology and material items. The mall in Durban can hold it's own against any American mall. There was even a cutting edge wave pool, even though there were actual ocean waves less than 300 yards away. The poor people struggle and cannot afford basic sustenance, the line between rich and poor is very clear, there is no in between. Razor wire protects anything of value. Seeing the brutal poverty in Durban's city center had an enormous impact on me.
Rural South Africa, specifically the area around Mtuba is one of the poorest areas in the entire world, with and HIV epidemic that is hard to ev ...
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Finding a great location at the perfect time of day is one of the best feelings I can think of when it comes to photography. I found this great old farm structure after twelve relatively fruitless hours of exploring the old farm roads in the area between I-76 and I-70 in Colorado.
I was discouraged and ready to head back to home base in Denver, but the light was perfect and the large storms in the distance made perfect background, so I decided to make one last probe into farmland, before hitting the highway home.
District 58 is a lone building at the southeast corner of a large farm, This structure is a home to a few barn owls, which hooted their disgust at being disturbed by all my traipsing, as well as other less fun animals. I got about 15 feet from the front door before I saw the small, dark, paper nest with plenty of black wasp-like animals crawling around. Figuring it would not be the best time to see if I was allergic to several dozen stings, I made my way around to the ...
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