Grandma’s Garden August 8, 2010

I was surprised to see how lush and green Grandma’s garden is at this time of the year.

She has rows and rows of soybeans.

And her Thai eggplants are so beautiful.

The okra has such a pretty flower.

She gave me a pot of the sawtooth or Pak Cee Farang, also known in Lao as Pak Hom Pae.

Pak E-Leard.

She has many dragonflies hovering over her garden, and not surprised since she has a creek nearby.

Towards the end of the video I was talking about this butterfly.  Lee tricked me into taking this picture. I was in a hurry to take this picture because she said it might fly off any minute now, came to find out that it was a dead butterfly.

Yep, flying off any minute now.

Her persimmons are doing well this year.

This is her second garden on the other side of the house.  She planted Asian corns and soybeans.

The empty rice sack underneath the dried herbs is an old sticky rice bag from Laos.

Saturday Random Photos

My progress of adjusting to a manual mode has been very slow, I guess I stayed in the comfort zone for way to long. At first I wanted a better zoom lens, but then I realized that it’s not so much in the gear but more so in the technique and understanding of your camera. It took me a while to come to this conclusion, I guess I thought a better lens will fix my problem.  It will definitely help but not fixing it. I decided to order a book, Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition) and hope that this will help me to become a better photographer.

We went back to visit the Butterfly Exhibit again today, I absolutely love this place.

I have to say that I have more miss than hit this time, but hopefully in time practice will make it perfect.

The Gekko is not at my house, but at the Science Center. This is what he sounds like.

I used to love buying this when I was little, but not with the cricket inside.  This is a cricket lick it and they come in assorted cricket.  It’s too funny, $1.75 for one.

My mom’s orchid is still in bloom.  It has been for 4 months now.

This is too funny, my sister and I laughed the whole time while I was filming this Wii Dance last Saturday at Valley Hills Mall.

Rice Paddy July 30, 2010

This is going into the ninth week of rice planting and a huge transformation from last week. Again, I visited the rice paddy after work.  It was very hot today but not humid like last week and what a beautiful sight!  The aroma of the rice plants and the sounds of the rice paddy are so nice.  Most of the rice pods are out by now because of the hot weather, somehow it speeds things up by ten-fold or is that just a normal process for rice to mature rather quickly at this time of the year.

I think this is ready to make Kao Mao, young sticky rice that you make into dessert.

This is a purple sticky rice.  Normally it’s harder to tell when they are this young since they look just like a normal sticky rice and the rice pods don’t start to turn purple until they are a bit more mature, but this rice pod sticks out like a sore thumb.

These are not sticky rice, but a normal white rice that were planted 2 weeks ahead of the rest of the rice paddies.

The dragonflies are beautiful and I’ve yet to capture a different species.  Many are hovering in the middle of the paddy and I wish I had a better zoom lens.  I’m happy to say that I’m still sticking with the manual mode on my camera and loving it.

The damselfly is a lot smaller than a dragonfly, which several years back I mistaken it to be the baby dragonfly.

A closeup image, notice the body is very long and narrow.  They are tiny and hard to capture with a camera, almost impossible with a point and shoot and it takes a lot of patience.

This is my first time seeing a white caterpillar, eventually it will turn into a beautiful butterfly.

I absolutely love photographing the butterfly.  This time was a lot more work on my part chasing after them, unlike photographing them at the Butterfly Exhibit where there are plenty to choose from.

If anyone want a high pixel photo of these photos please let me know, I’ll be more than happy to email to you.