Photos That Make Me Happy

I was going through my photo albums tonight and noticed that certain pictures made me smile.  (All of them do, but you know how it is when you look at one and a grin spreads across your face, to the point that you notice you’re smiling?)

The first was “Risotto Outdoors.”  Risotto does that to me.  So does eating on the deck.

Credit goes to The Culinary Lens and Frugal Feeding.  Between these gentleman food bloggers, my cup (or bowl) of risotto runneth over.  (Thanks, guys!)  This particular photo depicts a combination of their recipes — a little pumpkin, a slosh of wine — the best of both, as I’m inclined to state frequently. :)  For another peek at Frugal Feeding’s Butternut Squash Risotto, click here.  You’ll be glad you did!

The next was the rare privilege of holding a hummingbird in my hands…

This poor little fella crashed into our living room window and I feared the worst.  After a quick rescue and some gentle cooing and petting, he lived to tell the tale — and I was more blessed than you can imagine.

Next up… a wild and windy day on the lake, sometime between summer and fall.

I love it when the seasons change.  (Welcome to the beach — long walks and cameras welcome.)

Then there’s Grenville Kleiser.  Grenville who, you say?

I happened upon this reference manual at an antique bookstore for a mere pittance and my life hasn’t been the same since.  (In case you can’t make out the title, it’s Practical English and Mental Efficiency.)  Who doesn’t need a little mental efficiency now and then?

This book has been a treasure, mentor, friend, and subject of frequent photo forays…

Everyone takes pictures of their books, right?  (Right…?)  Never mind.

Last, but not least, is the tree with a story waiting to be told

I posted a photo of this magnificent magnolia earlier this year, but it’s since been trimmed (much to my chagrin.)  Thank heavens I took a picture of it in it’s prime!  You never know what might change from one moment to the next.

Which brings me to the following announcement…

I beg your pardon and your patience while I take a week off (more or less) to work on some technical improvements on my blog.  With gratitude for your faithful readership, I wish you a fulfilling end to this year and a joyous 2012!   Stay tuned…

Enjoying the possibilities,

~ Kim

P.S.  I promise to tell another “magnolia story” soon!  In the meantime, please keep in touch on my Facebook page: New Year!

15 thoughts on “Photos That Make Me Happy

  1. Hi, everyone! Just jumping in to say THANKS for your comments — I appreciate every one of them! Will be back to replying as I usually do by the end of this week. (Still trying to figure out a few technical doodads yet, lol.) Happy New Year!

  2. Hello Kimby. Thank you for dropping by my blog. Here I am and loving every bit of it! I love the way you write, I love the way you cook and I love the photographs you took. (Hey, it rhymes! A poet I am not :P).
    How lovely it is to be able to hold the hummingbird. I get this fuzzy feeling just by looking at the pic.
    Wishing you a very happy year!

  3. I LOVE these shots..they’re making me happy too (that risotto is killer!)! I was going to ask how you got the hummingbird to sit in your hand, but see a little crash was the reason. So glad the litttle guy (or girl) is ok – and you got a beautiful memory and photo out of it! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!! xoxo

  4. Hi Kim-your photos are all magnificent…each of them tell a story. Your risotto looks so creamy, and delicious, the beach photo, so calm and relaxing, the grand old Magnolia tree, and the poor little Hummingbird, so precious. Hope it was able to fly away later.
    Also love, love, the Bailey’s Irish cream Tiramisu. Must try to make it with Bailey’s…yumm!

    • The amazing thing was that the hummingbird let me continue petting him after I walked him over to the feeder and set him down. When I sat back on our deck, he flew over and “hovered” in front of me, as if to say “thanks” — then off he went! It was really a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Thanks for visiting, Elisabeth!

  5. Wow, love these shots! I can feel the wonderful ambience as I’m reading the post.

    Hello little birdie, lucky fellow to fall at the right place. Spread your wings & be happy & cheerful :)

    Kimby, may 2012 be a better year for all of us. Here’s wishing you happiness & love always!

  6. Hi Kim! You have some terrific photos and the breezy day between summer and fall is stunning! How amazing that you actually got to HOLD a humming bird! I can’t wait for the magnolia story! Enjoy your week off and I look forward to seeing what’s next in 2012!

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