2017 - fresh and juicy!

January 02, 2017  •  3 Comments

Happy New Year from the piñon and juniper mesa! 2017 may well be a seminal year in the United States and the world, so hold on to your hats.  It will definitely be interesting.

Thanks to "Big Al" in the Palm Desert area of southern California and his daughter, Cristina, we were the recipients of a major crop of citrus fruit.  You don't get much fresher than the grapefruit and lemons grown right in the backyard under the baking sun of the Mojave Desert.  With six inches of snow still clinging to the earth in our neck of the woods, the treat of receiving newly picked fresh fruit cannot be overstated.  I am always astounded that nature produces edibles of this size, and naturally, before eating them, I have to photograph the beauties for posterity.

Botanical drawings, sketches, etchings, and paintings have always fascinated me.  The use by artists of either black or light colored backgrounds accentuates the subject.  I used black for the grapefruit to emphasize both the inside juice and exterior flesh. 


Variations on a theme of grapefruit

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While looking at the lemons, I felt that a light background, or a combination of light and black would make them pop.



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May 2017 be full of juice, and fresh creativity for you!

until next Monday,


a passion for the image@


Daryl Black(non-registered)
Thanks, TTT for the geography lesson.. I was not entirely sure that it was part of the Mojave, and did not know that the Sonoran Desert went that far north. Good to know, and yes, a road trip is in order.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
A fresh start to a New Year I'd say. Thanks to TTT who has clarified the difference between the Colorado Desert and the Mojave. I'd have made the same error. I particularly like the stacked lemon slices where you've channeled your inner food stylist. Happy happy New Year to you and Fred.
Thanks. Dad will be thrilled that his fruit made it into your famous blog. You certainly make the fruit look more perfect and yummier than it could possibly be Lighting is perfect, especially on the lemon and how creative to slice it for the pix. FYI, Dad's in the Coachella Valley is part of the Colorado Desert which is a part of the Sonoran Desert. Mojave is a bit north across the chocolate mountains. You gotta take a road trip and capture the naked beauty of that parched territory.
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