Lens-Artists Challenge #75 – Nostalgic

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Visiting the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience was a great way to walk back in time and see the way Irish whiskey was traditionally made.  I used this photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia several years ago.

In San Gimiango, Italy, it was fun to remember a time when letters went by mail rather than Internet!  I just loved the look of this letterbox–it would be so much fun to use something like this!  I would feel like a character from a novel.

 

In Pompeii, it was cool to see how buildings were constructed in ancient times, and also how they changed over the years.

You can find more nostalgia at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Fan Art Friday: Center Switch!

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

Anticipating the release of The Rise of Skywalker later this month, I picked an image with the original Skywalkers: Luke and Leia on a speeder bike chase through the Endor forest.

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This one was extremely busy and I didn’t quite know how to handle it. I did the background designs in earthy tones, like the Endor forest flying by. Then I wanted something to stand out from that, so I went very bold with the flowers and other top designs. The blue reminds me of the air rushing by as they are speeding along.

Check out Kiri’s excellent version of the siblings here.

This scene always made me laugh a little. Like, how did Luke even know how to jam their comlinks? But then again, if an Ewok can figure out the speeder, I guess it can’t be too hard.

I can’t wait to find out how the stories of Luke and Leia (and their family) end later this month!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Visiting Barcelona’s Parc Güell in the summer meant it was very hot and packed with tourists, but it was worth it to see the fabulous designs of Gaudí.  High above the city, it contains some interesting gardens and pieces of architecture.

Everything is in his trademark Moderisme style; even the benches are abstract versions of benches.

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The coolest things to me were all the amazing textures used, as well as the way he blended natural and artificial together.

You can find more abstractions at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #73 – COLD

When I think of cold climates, I think of mountains.  In the Picos de Europe in northern Spain, we took a cable car up to the mountains after spending the night at the parador there.

Though it was still summer, it’s always chilly up so high.  We hiked around for awhile and enjoyed the bracing air and the views.

You can find more cold at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

Maybe it’s a bit weird to be discussing ice cream in November, but I am obsessed with these at any time of year.

This box is totally empty. I ate them all.

Mochi ice cream is a Japanese treat that I have been familiar with for many years.  It is a small portion of ice cream covered by mochi, which is a dough made from glutinous rice.  Though mochi itself is not sweet, it is part of many desserts, such as daifuku, which is mochi stuffed with a sweet filling, like red bean paste or strawberries.

But I’ve always had to look for these desserts at Asian import stores.  When I discovered that I was able to buy mochi ice cream from my local grocery store with the rest of my weekly supplies, my mind was blown!

The My/Mo brand of mochi ice cream has a bunch of different flavors available, available all over the country in stores like Target or Kroger.  It is not particularly cheap; at full price, they are about $1 per piece.  But they are amazing.

Actual view of my freezer.

Japanese desserts are never quite as super-sweet as American ones, and the flavors are unique.  I have tried the mango, green tea, double chocolate, strawberry, and chocolate sundae flavors and they were all good.  I did not enjoy the green tea flavor as much, because I do not like green tea.  But I felt obliged to try it because it is such a traditional Japanese flavor.

I am particularly obsessed with the strawberry flavor.  These are currently my favorite dessert!  They are also conveniently sized to be 110 calories per piece.  I love having them in the freezer so I can eat one in the evening for just a little something sweet.  Itadakimasu!