Midweek Moment #24

Sometimes it’s hard to summon up the creative energy … or to take advantage of it.

I went back to my day job this week after a three-week break, and with the tiredness of that, combined with an unsettled stomach, I haven’t felt like cooking. Or anything much, except reading. It’s been an eggs-on-toast week, with light, clear soups for me. Pretty boring food for photos, but luckily I took this macro shot on a day creative cooking was at full strength.

I love cooking with fresh, seasonal produce and over the last six months I’ve been focusing on eating more of a plant-based diet. This salad (broad beans, baby peas, herbs, asparagus, green onions, and snow pea sprouts, topped with toasted pine nuts) tasted and looked delicious, so of course I had to set up a photo (people are used to waiting for food in this house). I love the way the colours burst out, making my mouth water, even though the salad is long gone.

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Louise hasn’t been feeling great this week either, but she has been taking herself down to the beach and trying out long-shutter speeds at the end of Perth’s long, slow summer days. She lost her thongs to a rogue wave on the first visit (I nearly did when I was taking photos at the beach the other night), and the quick-release plate for her tripod on the second —although that was later found on the back seat of her car. Third time lucky, she says: “It was windy, rocking the camera and leading to some not-so-beautiful blurred shots.” This tumbleweed on the beach was one of her successes – I love the soft effect of it.

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Once a week, Louise (of Louise Allan: Life From the Attic) and I team up to share creative photos on our websites. It’s all part of our challenge to stretch ourselves creatively.