Saturday, February 12, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shade, grills and such



Shadow Shot Sunday arrives amid the mid-winter season of cold. Of course, the days are expanding slightly,  and the sun is getting stronger - alas, the temperatures are still cold. 


Naturally, we in a four-season climate in the colder latitudes await the warmth of Spring. But why stop there? 





Summer is what we crave, the time relaxing outside on a warm day is to savor...Preferably a day of low humidity and comfortably warm temperatures (80°F/27°C). 


Perhaps after the patio and furniture are washed and the umbrella is raised. And a large bag of charcoal has been purchased, loaded and lighted soon after...









The new charcoal grille was quite inexpensive, $35 at Ocean State Job Lot, an excellent place for inexpensive seconds. Not of high quality, but cheap, functional and ready for Summer fare.





Shade is warranted under the sun, and the canopy of trees down the backyard hill near the patio add stylish shadows amidst the foliage.


Orange and gray coals signify that temperatures have been reached, and the cooking ought to commence 

Shadows range from large to subtle in all frames. Dinner ought to be ready reasonably soon, the main items the olive-oil coated bread grilled just so. Today, it is pork tenderloin, marinated in oil, lime juice, peppercorns, garlic and crushed red pepper. This simple marinade would work with so many things like chicken or thick cut zucchini or eggplant, too. 



A bit of imagination and a hot grille allows for great in the shade. All we need to do is to dream...See more shadowy poses at Brisbane’s own Hey Harriet!

31 comments:

sarayutouched said...

we will be doing steaks on the grill this weekend ralph...but there will not be time spent lingering on the porch i'm afraid...just a quick jump out, flip 'em...and back in. i will, however, live in your pictures for a moment...it's coming...i will wait.

Patti said...

can't wait for some nice weather, Ralphie!


fun post

Catherine said...

looks like so many people are waiting for the warmth...great anticipatory shots...

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Oh, you torture Ralph...I can almost smell it in Iowa, if my nose doesn't freeze shut!
But it's comin', we can definitely feel the change and the longer daylight...YIPPEE!!!

Have a great weekend, in spite of the winter!

BLOGitse said...

I can smell it here in Casa too! yummy!
Soon it will come, spring...

Sylvia K said...

Hmmmm I can smell the steaks, can feel the warmth of the sun! Yes, change is on its way and like all of you, I am SO ready. Hope you have a great weekend, Ralph!!

Sylvia

Y. Ikeda said...

I miss warm weather and BBQ! I am a guru of BBQ since I enjoy setting and controlling fire:)
Have a wonderful weekend.
Yoshi

MyMaracas said...

Warmth ... grilling ... sun ... You're making me whimper. LOL

Thanks for the thoughts of summer and the little reprieve from the cold.

Alissa Nicolau said...

I agree with you that a whole lot of summer dreaming is happening here on the east coast. Daytime and night time warm weather dreamers unite! And my in-laws live in Providence so I've stepped foot in a job lot and had lots of fun peeping around!

frayedattheedge said...

It will be a while yet before we have good enough weather for a BBQ - but your photos are a wonderful tease of good days to come!!

chubskulit said...

Awesome set of shadow shots. Warm weather is what I am craving fr to enjoy outdoors once again. Can't wait!

My shadows, enjoy your weekend!

EG Wow said...

Thanks so much for a taste of summer, Ralph!

fredamans said...

Lovely yard shadows! Very reminiscent of Summer.

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2011/02/shadow-shot_12.html

John said...

I guess, a little imagination could help warm up our frigid weather..

Martha Z said...

Perhaps it would be unkind to mention my neighbors sitting on their patios today, soaking up the sun. They tell us, though, that the wet weather that the rest of the country has been keeping for itself will soon return to California. Perhaps there will be warmth & sunshine in your near future.

Gallery Juana said...

I loved it when I noticed our days getting longer! It's nice to have the four seasons. Our spring has already started, and we had our first bbq last Sunday. It's looks like you've got a great patio and bbq set-up to enjoy when the warmer weather arrives.

Wishing you a good weekend.

Woody said...

If I close my eyes, I can smell the grill. Now I'm hungry! Great series

Greyscale Territory said...

A very dreamy post filled with longing for the sights and scents of summer! Your grille looks very well designed and practical! It doesn't overwhelm the verandah space!

Miss Becky said...

I like your imagination Ralph. I do think that the wait for Spring's arrival is one of the most pleasant, satisfying, and enjoyable things ever. It just makes the arrival all that much better and we appreciate it all the more. have a great weekend Ralph! this was most enjoyable. thanks.

LauraX said...

while part of me craves the simpler schedule of summer and the sun and warmth...I have to say I'm enjoying winter this year more than I have before...something about the silence and the softer palette...there is peace for me in the short days and long nights...I am really experiencing the light more fully even though there isn't as much this time of year.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh Ralph...we dare to dream! This looks wonderful...and talk of zucchini and chicken has got us hankering for summer!

sue said...

Love a good barbeque! Zucchini dipped in egg and breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese...yummy

Hey Harriet said...

Oooh yeah! That's what I love about spring and summer. The outdoor eating. You can't beat a good BBQ (sorry I'm not sure if they're referred to as BBQs over there, but we refer to all outdoor cooking on a grille as a BBQ over here). The description of your dinner has my mouth watering! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Ralph :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Yummy summer shadows, Ralph!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Arija said...

Bright light makes for clear shadows. I bet you are all awaiting spring.

Arti said...

Loved the pics, especially the second one... Its pretty warm here in India we can do with a bit of cold here!!

Jeri ~ said...

Love your pics - the return of those days is getting closer.....

Cassie said...

Patrick has used the grill twice in the past week here. Your description of the whole grilling process makes it sound almost magical. Cool ShadowShots sir! Have a great week.

ps-We're heading to Prescott to find some cooler weather for Valentines Day! Pat's gift to me.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I notice that a lot of photographers in your part of the world are posting summer shots. I suppose there comes a time when you just have to have a break from all that snow and cold!



A SEEKER OF SHADOWS

A seeker of shadows one day
Asked shadows to come out and play:
“O shadows, my dears,
Despite all my fears,
I hope you will not run away.”


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Subtle Shadows

Paula Scott said...

(insert cartoon character here shaking their head 'violently' back and forth with that rubber neck kind of sound effect) Wait a minute! I almost thought you popped down to Australia for a moment. I'll bet you are MORE than ready for the long shadows of summer!
Even my husband, who loves the colder weather actually said that he was looking forward to summer.

bj said...

Oh, yummy...this looks great and your menu sound amazing. I wanna come to one of your cookouts..:)