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Winter’s Promise

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Winter’s Promise 113021” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The cold damp air bites at my skin as I step from the big blue truck to get a better angle on the flowers. If they told you that beauty fades they lied. True beauty never fades but instead it transforms. The brilliant colors often lose their hue but still, beauty isn’t lost. The sweet aroma no longer fills the world and the fragrance waits to be released in the next season. The light still plays with the dry petals illuminating them in translucent glory to reveal texture that was mostly unnoticed in warmer days. Delicate seeds await the songbirds and hope to be carried to new places where they can fulfill Winter’s Promise of renewal. In spite of the long nights and bitter temperatures of winter it’s true that hope is born in darkness. The seeds of Spring are being planted as we huddle around fires and cups of coffee or coco. Have joy friends, for it’s only twenty one days until the New Light begins to slowly push back the mountain’s shadow and fill our hearts.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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A Quiet Day At Home

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Hog Peanut Flowers 91021” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Silence fills my day as I sit in my chair slowly sipping a mug of hot ginger lemonade. A mild cold has kept me under the protection of my favorite blanket for a few days. I love my coffee but when I’m sick I prefer the herbs. I have a tendency to cycle through my mental index and try different things. The basic recipe for the hot lemonade is lemon juice, strong ginger for spice and raw honey. Sometimes I add a little cloves but that’s probably an acquired taste. The rhythmic clinking of spoon in the mug is the only thing I hear as I stare out my window and notice the pods growing on the forest edges. They’re the hog peanut vines that I’ve decided to allow. Aside from the edible tubers that resemble peanuts only much smaller they provide me with a bit of beauty in summer. Not so much the vines themselves but in the form of the little skipper butterflies that keeps me company. They host on the vines and I presume that if I took the time to look that I’d find a small, somewhat geometric clutch of tiny butterfly eggs waiting for Spring. During the summer the vines will give me several broods of butterflies and then in September I get the small pea flowers that you see in tonight’s Feature Image.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Reflecting On The Coming Winter.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Reflections On Peter’s Creek 112921” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Soft ripples carry away the fallen glory of the Autumn spectacular. The brilliant colors that remain fade to a dull tone and bare limbs crown my Appalachian Mountains. The first snow came a few days ago but here in my little shelter between the mountains it didn’t last. I know that somewhere on the ridges that fat ole bear is climbing into his hole under a rock or in that spot where a tree fell across a low spot. He’s got the leaves piled around him like a nest all cozy as he dreams of the Spring sun and perhaps a little wild honey. I think that I can relate to the ole bear as I snuggle into my quilts and check the alarm settings. Of course the advantage of the bear is that his alarm won’t go off for months. I was about to be envious of the bear but then I remembered all the breakfasts he’ll miss. 😉

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/embed/#?secret=GJGnIQEVHc

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Click here to visithttps://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

A Brief Layover At The Old Bus Stop

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Forgotten Destination 112821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The stone pillars have been there ever since I can remember. Now they’re adorned with ancient vines that twist and flow across hewn stone in a dance that has been going on for decades. Within the threshold of the twin pillars lies forgotten stairs and the old foundation of the bus station. This was once the gateway to adventures untold for those traveling in and out of the mountains. I’ve often thought it was a little odd that there was a bus station in this particular spot since there’s no tourist destination within walking distance of the spot and only homesteads in this area in general. Another ten or fifteen minutes drive would have placed the station in town where there was banks and stores and such. I’m told that it was a greyhound station which brings to mind grand architecture even if was on a smaller scale. Since the pillars are cut stone I imagine that the station itself was built to match with rustic furnishings inside. Perhaps a good radio for travelers to relax to and a two way radio for the attendant to communicate with the bus. As I stand where I imagine that an awning protected travelers from the weather I get the feeling that something there was made of green glass and that the room had that echoing sound that a bus station should have. But now most of the stonework is gone and entrance nothing but a set of empty stairs where a local can pull over and transfer his coffee from the thermos to the tumbler and imagine what used to be. Or on special days perhaps he’ll dream of what may come. Crossroads tend not to be abandoned forever and the secret of the future is in the manifested dreams of those who hold onto hope.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/embed/#?secret=GJGnIQEVHc

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Click here to visithttps://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Forage Friday #133 – Empty Bag Syndrome

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Disappointing Harvest 112721” and was taken specifically for Forage Friday. I certainly do recognize that it takes a very unique individual to purchase a photo of a rotten apple for decor. However there are many other photos found on my blog and all are my original work unless otherwise specified and are available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The young man stood in the threshold staring at the empty table in the kitchen. He walked in and laid his empty bag in front of his family and in tears he lamented his failed efforts. His mother stepped over and sat down next to him. She softly placed her hand on the back of his neck and reassured him. He wasn’t a failure just because he came home one time empty handed. She stood him up and guided him to the root cellar. There the walls were lined with the bounty of past foraging and gardening. The family had all they needed after all.

It’s bound to happen eventually. The fisherman will miss a strike, the hunter will miss the shot and trapper will have his bait stolen. So we shouldn’t be surprised if a foraging excursion yields no prize either. Now as far as my Forage Friday posts goes there’s still plenty of nuts, and seeds that could be harvested around and quite a few mushrooms as well.  However, I’ve not encountered anything lately that hasn’t already been been covered in previous posts.  So tonight I’m going to share a few basic preservation techniques. For the sake of brevity I’m not going to go into specifics of each technique. But just to give you a few ideas that you might want to research.

Obviously there’s the canning of various things. Fruits and berries can be made into various preserves. Canning comes with a variety of advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that canning is generally reliable so long as you avoid conditions that might allow botulism. You can go to the USDA site which links to other resources for specific information about canning.

Forage Friday mostly covers herbs and one the easiest ways to preserve herbs is drying them. I prefer not to use heat if it’s not too humid.  Back at the end of summer I found the need to trim the red elm in my yard. Left alone red elm gets huge. Up to 80 feet tall. But a tree this large in the location it’s growing isn’t really good since it poses a risk to my house. So I trimmed it back and plan to only allow it to get 15 -20 feet. This left me with an abundance of bark and leaves that both have medicinal values and tastes pretty close to store bought tea. But if you look closely at black tea from the store you’ll find that it’s not dehydrated to the point of being brittle.  So I chose not to use heat and to simply spread the shredded leaves out in a single layer and allow a fan to circulate the air until the leaves had the same texture as the black tea I get from the store. ( If you have access to red elm I highly recommend trying the leaves as a tea substitute. )

Drying is by far my favorite method. Leaves are pretty easy to start with but eventually you’ll want to try a few roots. Dandelion, chicory, Japanese Knotweed and those that are truly roots can be thinly sliced and strung on a rack so that the air circulation can draw off the moisture. With thicker things like roots you’ll need to keep a constant eye out for mold. One of the reasons why I like using a fan is that air circulation helps mitigate mold.

Something that I hope to try eventually is to build a small vacuum chamber for freeze drying of fruits and vegetables. This will be a new experience for me but it’s my understanding that the vacuum chamber can successfully remove the moisture from the produce and it can then be frozen without changing the color or structure of the food. The device is about the size of a pressure canner. And to be clear this isn’t the same as industrial freeze drying. It’s just supposed to have the same result. It’s something that I’m still researching. The equipment is rather expensive but if it ever becomes a reality for me I’ll do a post on it specifically.

The last one for now is just simply flash freezing. Flash freezing is awesome for one big reason and that’s nutrients. One of the biggest reasons to either garden or forage is nutritional value. If your produce is shipped in from way off then it loses a lot of nutrients on its journey. Fresh vegetables and fruits are ( or should be) still alive when it hits the shelf. The food value is being consumed by the produce in order to maintain that life and thus the longer it is between harvest and consumption then the more nutrients are lost. However, if you harvest locally and quickly freeze it that stops the nutrients from being used by the produce itself. It’s also recommended that if you harvest wild nuts or tubers such as groundnut that you should freeze them for a few weeks to kill any worms that might be inside the shell.

Thats it for tonight’s Forage Friday. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/embed/#?secret=GJGnIQEVHc

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Click here to visithttps://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️