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Good Morning. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes yesterday, they mean alot. It's surprising how many people are actually affected by back problems, some of which sounded quite severe. I'm in this much pain from a trapped nerve, goodness only knows how painful something like a "popped SI joint" (Dave, WhiteRose1) is, by the way, I hope you are all OK now.
What a miserable sounding day. I am still stuck on the settee with back problems so the only way I know what the weather is doing is by its sound. It sounds like a gale is blowing out there and a torrent of water is being dropped. Glad I'm not going anywhere today.
Right, today I wish to talk about food, I like food, I like to eat food, unfortunately food is the thing that got me into trouble with the scales in my bathroom. The scales have begun to talk to me again since I have lost 3 stone, well it's actually more of a whisper at the moment, but that's better than nothing at all.
The food I wish to tell you about was a meal we went out to have as a family a while ago. Now, we all like chinese so we headed for a restaurant that we knew of. It was a nice restaurant that we had been to many times before.
The idea of this restaurant was buffet style which meant you went and served yourself and basically you could eat as much as you liked, excellent when you have two growing lads who eat the entire kitchen when it's meal time.
After we had been there a short while we noted that some new dishes had been brought out from the kitchen, these hadn't been there before, so naturally they needed to be taste tested. I headed up and decided they looked very appetising, placing some of the lovely food on a plate I couldn't wait to get back to the table to tuck in.
I arrived at the table and began to eat, it was then that I found what looked like a long thin bean which was dark in colour. I showed this to my family before devouring it in full. As I chewed I felt a little heat release from the bean, "nicely seasoned" I said.
Gill then had a strange expression on her face and asked me if I was alright. Nope, the instant I had swallowed the bean I noticed my body was feeling rather funny, it was then that I realised the bean was actually a pepper, what type I do not know, but it was hot and this heat was about to cause all sorts of problems for me.
Now immensely red in the face and with my mouth, throat, eyeballs and everything else on fire I was looking for a phone to call the fire brigade to put me out. The three drinks on the table were drank in quick succession and the one that my son was holding in his hand was whipped away and drank before he actually knew what had happened, he even tipped his hand towards his mouth as if it still contained a glass. I think there must have been steam being produced from me because I was beginning to attract a little bit of attention form other diners and the management. I began to feel unaware of what was going on around me, voices were muffled and my vision was a touch blurred which I think was me on the verge of fainting.
Gill quickly grabbed a bowl of ice cream and handed it to me, the first mouthful was fantastic, instantly the heat disappeared in my mouth and my senses began to return. After about 5 minutes of munching on this wonderful frozen saviour I was back to myself.
Once I was feeling much better and we were all having a laugh about what had happened I asked one of the waiters the type of pepper it was, he disappeared into the kitchen and eventually returned with a non-specific answer, he said it was a member of one of the hundreds of chilli varieties and it was apparently very hot. Really!!!! I hadn't noticed, as I was radiating more heat than the kitchen, I had considered offering my services as a wok warmer for a small fee.
However, as I was talking to him the chef came out and removed the dish from the buffet, when it returned there were no beans, err I mean peppers present. The waiter did inform me that they were supposed to be a garnish, I wish he'd told me that before.

Todays upload is from a garden I visited, OK, it's RHS Harlow Carr again. This was a tree in the wooded area, I loved the different colours of the leaves and how warm they felt on such a cold day.
Now, did you know that the colour of these leaves in photography terms are actually cold colours. Interesting aye, it's true, as photography uses the Kelvin Scale for light temperature, blue is hot and red is cold.
Lord William Thomson Kelvin wanted to find an accurate way of telling the temperature in the smelting of iron. He set about heating some iron and recording the temperatures at the different colour changes.
The first colour will have been a dull red which as the temperature increased will have proceeded to white and eventually arriving at a bluish white. So, as I said before cold is red and hot is blue.

Thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Nov 2012 - 10:58 AM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.0
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Forever Autumn
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:19 Nov 2012 - 8:25 AM
Tags:Autumn, Flowers & plants, Garden, Leaves, Rhs harlow carr, Tree, Wood
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chrissie3  7 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 - 8:45 AM

Lovely - great colours.

19 Nov 2012 - 9:39 AM

Lovely image, great colours and excellent detail.



Quote: Lovely image, great colours and excellent detail.


I agree,



Particularly gorgeous colours, Andy, and more excellent use of shallow dof.
A former colleague - many years ago - chose a chilli at random from a packet, chewed it well and swallowed it. He felt no ill effects whatever. But I bet you didn't want to hear that . . . .
(I gather that it was seedless).

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9829 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
19 Nov 2012 - 11:54 AM

Quote: I had considered offering my services as a wok warmer for a small fee.

That must rank as the strangest quote I have seen the site. And it has some competition, I can tell you.


Cheers, Andy... took a while to recover, the SI joint is a vertebra just above the pelvis, unfortunately it set off the arthritis in my hip which eventually had to be replaced... all hunky dory again though.

Lovely colour and shape to the leaves, and interesting facts as well.


Hermanus  3 South Africa
19 Nov 2012 - 1:37 PM

Great photo of these beautiful leaves !!


Excellent composition and use of dof. Your chilli experience sounded a bit alarming, but I'm glad you're still with us! Smile


Very fine selective focus! lovely colors as well!


Wonderful image and great colour

19 Nov 2012 - 6:59 PM

Wonderful fall colour. Really like the spectral highlights, and the selective focus on the leaves in front.


(Look up Egoscue on youtube - they have no clinics in Europe, but I've been going to one of their clinics here - it's exercise therapy, and I don't know how it works, but it does - there might be a few videos on low back pain - I go to Egoscue Austin)


Lovely dof and compo, gorgeous colours!


good colours of which I might have enjoyed seeing a little more in focus


A beautiful light and colours-nicely captured..........Grin

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2012 - 11:49 AM

Colours and tones are beautiful as is the focus. This looks rather like the tree called Liquidamber, which has the most amazing colour range at this time of year. Glad you recovered from the gastronomic "treat". Interesting info re the Kelvin temperature range as though I knew of the system, didn't know the manner in which it worked. Always learning something on epz!


25 Nov 2012 - 4:37 PM

I love all the shapes and different colours, it's different and works well.


This is so very beautiful... Grin
Lovely shapes and colours on show and very good focus work... IB

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