On Wednesday I took a food photography class taught by Helen of Tartelette, which was hosted by Viv of Seattle Bon Vivant. It was a lovely time. I cast a handful of pistachios as the special guest star of my camera, with a supporting role played by a sprig of rosemary plucked from my front yard that morning. It's deeply gratifying having time set aside like that, with no other reason to be there than to observe and capture images of a beautiful food subject. I feel lucky to have had that time.
The longer I sat with the pistachios, the more in love with them I became. As you can see, I was close enough to kiss them. Their subtle color nuances astonish me. Since Wednesday I continue to think about those pistachios--they even followed me along into a salad I made tonight. I love how their colors interact with changes in their environment. In tonight's salad I was blown away by how bright green they became when they were wet with orange juice. Something tells me there's another pistachio photo shoot in my near future. Here are a couple more pictures from Wednesday.