October 25, 2011

Chinese Lanterns and Tomatillos


Hello.  Happy Tuesday to you!  Yesterday while I was out and about, I made a quick stop at a my favorite gardening shop to see if they had anything new and exciting going on.  Well, they did.  They were getting all their Christmas stuff out.  I love Christmas and everything about it, so of course, I had to take a look around.  Hum dee dum, I leisurely strolled along, making mental notes about what I should get, then I thought, "Hello? It's still October, there's time for you to come back and look at this another day."

So I moved on and made my way over to the cut flower section and what did I finally see?  Chinese lanterns!  Ohhh happy day, I've been waiting for these beauties.  To me, they just seem like Fall in a cute little package.  Wanting to photograph their pretty papery selves, I got a few...along with a caramel.  Ugghh.  I always have to get a caramel and eat it the minute I get in the car.  Never mind that I ate almost a whole bagful the day before...ones that were supposed to be for caramel apples.


Happily driving home, I stop at the grocery store to get, among other things, more caramels and what do I spy?!  These cute little tomatillos!  I've never seen those there before.  Don't they look just like the Chinese lanterns, except that they are green?  I think so too.  Of course, I had to Google that and see what it was all about.  Apparently they're from the same group of plants...the nightshade family.  Hmmm...how interesting.


I had high hopes of taking a bunch of photos yesterday, but it seems like the minute I got my camera out it got all cloudy.  I don't know what I'm going to do this winter when it's all gray and dreary.


I thought I'd join up with Texture Tuesday again this week.  We were instructed to use two of Kim's textures on our photos.  I actually used four: crackerjack, just cause, serendipity and aurora.  Not all together, but in varying combinations.

Well, lovely people that's that!  By the way, I'm very behind in my visiting, but I'll be around soon.

xo Tricia

70 comments:

  1. What delicious colours and [real] textures, even before you added the virtual ones. A treat for the eye.

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  2. Wow, your photos are stunning!!!!
    I love these colours!!!
    Hugs from Germany,
    Tanja

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  3. Hello. I hardly follow any new blogs lately, as I just well...don't have the time! But I just had to follow yours. It's exquisite! I can't remember how I got here but glad I did. Great photography! Take care. Your newest, happy follower :-)

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  4. Wow, my dear friend - such stunning photos!!! :) I love tomatillos (to eat), and you have photographed those and the paper lanterns so well!!! :) Beautiful, vibrant and full of texture!!! Take care and have a great night!

    Hugs,
    Jessie


    P.S. You cracked me up with the caramel story...I'm the same way with my favorite candies too! :)

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  5. I love your new header Tricia! xo

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  6. Gorgeous! I love all of your photos - great textures, but my fav is the one with the sweet little key. cheers! oh and I too love caramels, especially with a little salt!

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  7. Sweet pictures and lovely colours!:)

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  8. Beautiful fall photos and awesome texture work!

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  9. Great shots! I've been wanting to photograph chinese lanterns for a while now, too. Truly beautiful shots!

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  10. Love the colors. Such beautiful compositions in all your images.

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  11. A lovely post and the photo's are amazing as always, the light you capture as well as the way you set things out are so beautiful. Enjoy your caramels :)

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  12. Love your photos,

    and the colors are stunning.

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  13. Great pictures ! Love it ! :)

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  14. These photos are lovely, soft, absolutely beautiful!

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  15. Gorgeous pictures as usual......Love your composition on all of them!

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  16. gorgeous images tricia. you combined the textures beautifully. i am always inspired when i visit your blog.

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  17. Your photos are delightful, and you made me laugh about the caramels. I adore caramels and toffee, but everytime I eat one I lose a filling! Have a happy Hallowen, love Linda x

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  18. You make me giggle with your carmels. :) You sound like me with peppermint patties! I can eat a whole bag in a day too. :)
    I love your lanterns, I don't think i have seen these before, they are so delicate and so pretty and your photos are just stunning my friend. I think you need to start a book with all of them in it, I could look through your gorgeous photos all day, no lie.
    I hope you enjoy your day, it is cloudy and rainy here now too. :(
    xoxoxox

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  19. Beautiful photos! Always a joy to visit here!

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  20. I haven't bought any caramels yet. I think I should and make some apples.
    I love the little Chinese lanterns. I don't know where to find them around here. They just look so delicate! The addition of the textures is gorgeous.

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  21. So beautiful! I love the photo with the key!

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  22. LOVE as always...love the botanical lesson too:) The new blog look is great, you have been a busy bee!

    Tiffany

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  23. Beautiful , colorful , uplifting photos ; delicate textures ! One of the most charming blog header I have ever seen ! I love your style !

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  24. It takes a photographer's eye to spot almost identical cousins in the vegetale kingdom. I never knew tomatillos and Chinese lanterns were related, but it's obvious now that you have pointed it out, that they share texture, shape, and size.

    I'll match you chocolate for caramel.

    Thanks for the beautiful photos.

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  25. My grandmother always grew Chinese Lanterns, so I was happy to see them on your post!! Love the color!!

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  26. Wow! this photo are beautiful, i like it very much! Hello Cri : )

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  27. Hi Tracie,
    you pictures and words compliment each other..and it is so generous the way you shared your insight! I hope you have a wonderful week....so glad I get to read your blog when you post..the photography is stunning!
    xoxo
    d

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  28. Pretty, pretty, pretty!
    I think you're one of my top three favorite photographers, Tricia. :-)

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  29. Not to worry, I ate an entire bag of caramels, until I had to stop because my jaw ached so much =) Love the lanterns!

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  30. Well, how interesting...I never knew they were related, but they DO look alike! I just picked all of my Chinese Lanterns down at the lake, before frost takes them...I need to do something fun with them! I never realized you could buy them as cut flowers! Beautiful photos, Tricia!

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  31. I adore these lanterns....and wish we had them here. Beautiful and festive....I think we all have those "too much candy" stories...maybe more than one!!!
    Your photos and posts always delight me.

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  32. Yor photos are beautiful,lovely colours...kiss Nely!

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  33. Oh these colors are awesome and I agree your photos are stunning!! I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it!!

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  34. I've never noticed that before, Tricia, how lovely :)
    Your photos look amazing, I think you need to be taking photos for top chefs and their cookbooks, you make every detail pop!

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  35. I Always think your photos are a "treat"! Nice shots!
    hughugs

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  36. Dreamy photos! Love the way you process your work.

    I took a photo of a purple nightshade plant earlier this summer. Had no idea the variety that existed. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  37. Amazing texture....I adore the pic of your little one in the header. So cute.

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  38. I love these colours...great!!!
    Just gorgeous !!!
    Hugs,
    Elvira

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  39. So pretty! Wonderful texture, and I love the light. x

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  40. I love your new header...totally spectacular! Again you have given us the most wonderful photos...so pretty!

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  41. These are really beautiful.

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  42. I continue to drool over your amazing still life photography, Tricia! You are a wonderful artist.

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  43. Just wonderful ! Fantastic texture work and always a golden hand for decoration.

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  44. Grest photos, colours, everything! :) lots of greetings..

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  45. I can't tell you enough how much I love your blog! I see a ton of similarities in the things we like. I aspire to have my blog be as beautiful as yours. It is so funny that you just posted about Chinese Lanterns. I grew some in my garden this year with hopes to harvest them for my fall decor, and sure enough I was able to pick some last week! It is so much fun to see the bright orange pods growing on the green stems! I used them throughout my fall decor and took some pics for my blog... a fall decorating post to follow soon! Well, thanks so much for the inspiration,
    Maria
    www.rustyhinge.blogspot.com

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  46. Another great post with all those wonderful orange chinese lanterns, what a great piece of nature to decorate with. Happy Tuesday!!

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  47. Lovely work! I never realized they looked so much alike.
    Caramel apples...mmmm!

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  48. I have never heard of chinese lanterns before, but they are just gorgeous. They have a great texture all to themselves let alone with Kim's textures added.

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  49. Hi Tricia! Oh, your new header is just lovely! Now I want to change mine ; )
    Your photos are beautiful as always!
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    hugs, Cheryl

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  50. Tricia you have made something as simple as chinese lanterns and tomatillos so beautiful and interesting...gorgeous pictures!
    i'm slowing down on caramels...
    i can't have any more fillings pulled from my teeth!!! but i love them :D
    ~victoria~

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  51. They do look like little lantens. I love the colors and texture. Great photos, as always.

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  52. Lovely light touch on the textures. Love your unusual "subjects". Tomatillos are delicious in a salsa verde of tomatillos, yellow peppers, jalapeno and garlic diced up in the food processor, add some water to the mixture and simmer pork in it all day long. BEST. SHREDDED PORK BURRITOS. EVER.

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  53. Oh my, these were all just stunning.

    Love the colors, compostition, well just everything!!

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  54. I love those "chinese lanterns", I don't have them myself but my mother has. The orange colors is so delicious.
    Beautiful pictures and elegant edit.
    Love
    Henrietta

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  55. Your photo's are divine. I've never seen tomatillos before ! Always love your beautiful blog xx Ava

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  56. Just gorgeous! Do the chinese lanterns contain edible fruit? Their colour is amazing (as are your photos).

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  57. Beyond beautiful as always!

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  58. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. All your photos are gorgeous. A treat for the eye!
    Hughs,
    Lucia

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  59. Beautiful and
    oh so inspiring,
    as always, Tricia!
    I think your pics
    are terrific in any
    sort of light, so
    don't sweat the
    winter months!
    Actually, I think
    we get MORE sun
    in the winter here,
    don't you? The
    colder, the sunnier : )
    xx Suzanne

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  60. Alright Tricia, you're killing me with these stunning photo. Spill it! What camera are you using? I'm thinking that I need to move up to a Canon 60D or 5D. And that's only because some photographers told me about them.
    What do you like?
    m.

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  61. I like your style and your photos are beautiful!
    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany

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  62. Such stunning photos! And love that header!

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  63. Very lovely captures. What a joy and inspiration. Thank you.

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  64. Such lovely photos. I just want to reach right through the screen and touch them. Beautiful work. Patty

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  65. All very beautiful autumn images!

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  66. These are just amazing Tricia and they're so cute they don't look real, but I know they are. Nature is just so amazing!!

    Perfect texture work and photography!

    LOL at the caramels!

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  67. Wow again! the universe brought you and the lanterns and the tomatillos together to create this magic! I can't wait to see your Christmas stuff . . . I'm going to a big Christmas store extravaganza on Nov 3 :)

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  68. your pictures are beautiful!!!

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  69. congratulations on your artful blogging feature;-)

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