Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 March

Mars 2017
Semezanges March 7, 2017
Another month gone! Yikes it goes fast. Above is a photo of Semezanges. I have started on my photographic documentation of the 16 villages of the Haute Côte. On a hazy day I went up and over the Côte and as I started to descend into the village of Semezanges, I pulled over and took this photo. As it was the first week of March, the trees had no leaves.

I just updated my calendar, and it is getting full. Retirement is not at all boring, plenty out there to do. Since I enjoy taking photos, this works for me. But a little under the gun to take the photos during the next few months. And of course continue with photos of nature and for photoclub.

As I mentioned before, the Tour de France is going to pass through Gevrey. The actual peleton will pass through in about 5 minutes! They will come down hill from the Côte and descend into Gevrey and turn south on the highway D974 for Nuits Saint Georges. I have joined the committee to prepare for the event. Weeks of preparationfor the few minutes of glory!

Keith took off on his bike. Because it is a bit early, he is not camping. He headed south and has been gone 5 days now. Even here, the week has been warm, about 65-70 degrees.
Au revoir mon amour
I have played with spring flowers and my camera. Out for walks to see what nature has to offer. It really has been a warm month. So of course here are my photos.

Tall plant with flowers hidden under the leaves- Daphne Lauréole 
Played with the new macro too-Helios M42 macro-
Flower Scille de Printemps

Helios macro- Nivéole du Printemps
Nivéole du Printemps
Amémone Pulsatille
Bius en fleur ( box shrub)
Cornouiller mâle
Another flower not within a few kilometers, is the Fritilaire Pintade. It grows in wet prairies. MT and I thought it was time to search for this flower. We headed to the Val de Saone, about 35km south east.
Driving on the dirt roads, we found a field with the flowers. So here are some of my photos.
Fritillaire Pintade

Hope I did not bore you, but I think these flowers are amazing, checkered flowers.

I climbed up the Combe in Gevrey. Just to give you an idea od the height, I added a second photo with the road marked in red.

photo from the top
Road road at the bottom
Photos of the climb.
start of the walk, sunny day in the woods
 The climb
At the very bottom is a vineyard, it is too early for the leaves to sprout.
And in closing, there was a pretty sunset one night. Very from back terrace. Real colors.
Actually an HDR photo. It is 4 photos with diffrent light settings, from dark to light, so that the vineyard shows and
the colors of the sunset. Merge the photos and VOILA

If you are curious about where I live and missed the connection to the YouTube video YOU TUBE version...Gevrey YOUTUBE  .
The Tourist Office made the short video.

Recipe of the Month
Couscous Oriental (Tabbouleh)

Very common dish here, you can add anything.  Very easy to make and adjust to taste.
Add chicken, take out the raisins, add boiled eggs and spring vegetables like peas and or asparagus.
Go creative.  

  • ·        1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ·         cup finely chopped onions
  • ·        ½ cup sweet red peppers cut into small cubes
  • ·        1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • ·        1 cube chicken broth
  • ·         cup raisins
  • ·        ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ·        ½ cup zucchini cut into small cubes
  • ·        1 tomato cut into small cubes
  • ·         Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ·        1 cup quick couscous
  • ·        1 tablespoon butter
  • ·        1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  1. In
    a saucepan with a tight lid, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and
    red peppers, and cook and stir until wilted. Do not brown. Add the
    water, broth cube, raisins, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  2. Remove
    from the heat, add the couscous and stir well. Cover and let stand
    for 5 minutes. Uncover, add the butter, and vinegar,and fluff well
    with a fork. Add the zucchini and tomato and toss.