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Road To The Farm

Apparently I have a thing for farms and tractors because I seem to photograph them somewhat often. I think these photos are different enough that they are worth posting.

On Monday we took the family to a local farm to go pick raspberries and on the way we saw this beautiful old tractor and accompanying farm. We wanted to make sure we had enough time for berry picking so I took note of where this farm was and we continued on to the berry farm. On our way back the lighting was good and clouds made a wonderful backdrop. So here are a couple of the results:

Hot Air Balloons 2013

Every year Provo, Utah has their Balloon Fest as part of their 4th of July celebration. Our family has made it a tradition to try and attend each year. There are around 25 balloons that participate and there’s a waiting list of people that want to join Provo’s annual festival. Apparently it’s as popular for the balloon owners as it is for those coming to watch. I took a lot of photos. Here are some of my favorites from this year:

Fire filling the Bank of American Fork Pink Pig hot air balloon.
The inside of a blue hot air balloon at the Provo, Utah Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, Independence Day
Fire filling a multicolored hot air balloon at the Provo, Utah Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, Independence Day
Three colorful hot air balloons at the Provo, Utah Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, Independence Day
Hot air balloons taking off at the Provo, Utah Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, Independence Day
Hot air balloons taking off at the Provo, Utah Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, Independence Day
Hot air balloons taking off at the Provo, Utah Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, Independence Day

Corners of Downtown Provo

After going out to Station 22 for dinner, enjoying part of the Rooftop Concert show, and viewing the art at the Terra Nova Gallery, Tiffany and I walked around downtown while I took photos of some less-noticed details of our town. I usually use my big dSLR camera to take photos, but since the camera I had with me was my phone, that’s what was used to take these pictures.


Union Pacific Railroad

While on our way to buy pumpkins from the farm I noticed this old Union Pacific train parked on the railroad tracks. Hoping that I could get a good photo out of it I stopped while Tiffany and the kids patiently waited in the car like they often do when I see something to photograph. I like old trains and I’ve tried to photograph them from time to time, but with only limited success. I’m liking this shot pretty well though and I felt that it was a much stronger image in black and white.

Black and white Union Pacific train on railroad tracks in Orem, UT

Rainbow of Colors at the Farmers Market

I recently bought a fun little program called Diptic and decided to give it a spin by using the photos from my recent Fresh Wednesday farmers market post. The result is this rainbow of produce. I kind of like it. What do you think?

Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmers Market Rainbow of Produce Diptych in Downtown Provo

Photo Print Giveaway – Ended 10/8/12

WINNERS: Deann T., Katie K., Adam J.

 
Thanks to all those who participated!

 
As previously promised, I have a photo print giveaway going on. Click here to go to the entry page.


Fresh Wednesday

Downtown Provo recently started Fresh Wednesdays, which is a produce-only farmers market on Center Street in the middle of Downtown Provo. I’ve been wanting a market like this for a long time. I like the location and love that it’s just fruits and vegetables and no other vendors. All of the farmers were very friendly and gave out lots of samples. We tasted apples, grapes, pears, plums, freshly made apple juice, dried apples, and turnips. All were delicious. It was great to be able to buy fresh, local produce right from the farmer while enjoying a night out with the family.

Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market Banner in Downtown Provo
Red onions and beets in bushel baskets at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
Corn on the cob in bushel baskets at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
Pears at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
apples in bushel baskets at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
The Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
Bicycle and apples in bushel baskets at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
The Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
Artichokes at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
Baskets of red grapes at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
Baskets of cherry tomatoes at the Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo
The Provo Fresh Wednesday Farmer's Market in Downtown Provo

Chalk The Block – Day 2

Today was the second day of the Chalk The Block chalk art festival here in Provo. A lot of progress was made since yesterday and most of the pieces were completed. Take a look of some of the amazing art that was created by these artists. You can also look at the photos from day 1 that I posted yesterday.

Chalk pastels and chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Kneaders Hole To China chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Girl With a Pearl Earring chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Southern Utah Bridge chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Girl holding a goldfish chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Alphonse Mucha's Dance, Music, and Painting chalk art by Dawn Morrison at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
The Great Wizard of Oz chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Crystal chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Bird by Chelsea Snyder chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT

Chalk The Block Chalk Art Festival

I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA where there has been a large chalk drawing festival for years (I Madonnari) and I always enjoyed seeing the amazing art created. I was excited to find out that Provo was going to have it’s own chalk art festival this year. As far as I am aware this is the first time that we’ve had one. I’m grateful to the folks at Clear Horizons Academy and The Shops at Riverwoods for sponsoring this great event. Here are a few photos of the first day of the festival:

Dawn Morrison Wagner Art Nouveau chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
The Wizard of Oz chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT
Rebecca Plesch Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur chalk art at Chalk The Block 2012 in Provo, UT

Homemade Pesto

I was making pesto sauce this weekend and thought it would be nice to have a decent photo to go with the recipe. This basil pesto recipe comes from my mom. It’s simple and delicious. Here’s the photo and the recipe:

Homemade pesto sauce recipe. Whole wheat pasta noodles with basil pesto sauce, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese.

Pesto Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
2-4 large garlic cloves (depending on taste)
2 cups fresh basil, Loosely packed
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese, shredded
2/3 cup pine nuts
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup olive oil

Directions:
Blend garlic and basil in a food processor to make a paste. Add cheese, nuts, and salt. Slowly pour in oil while processing.