Pomegranate on Fire


I have no problems picking favorites. In fact, I find the task so easy that it can become a hindrance. For instance, I love my two blogs, but I tend to favor Pagan Culture over my fiction writing blog. I wonder if I do it because I’ve had Pagan Culture longer…

Something similar is happening when it comes to my dogs—I’m way closer to Attila than to Janani. I love them both to pieces, but Attila has been my baby for a long, long, long time. I feel bad because puppies are very perceptive, and Janani notices every now and then. I give her extra kisses and have been trying to do better by her.

I’m doing the same with the blogs. I told myself that I will post at my fiction writing blog at least twice a week, instead of my usual one day a week: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for Pagan Culture, and Tuesday and Thursdays for Magaly Guerrero. Baby steps, right?

My need to favor one thing over another was sated when Carmi Levi asked everyone to share their favorite photos from 2012. I didn’t have to think about it twice. I mean, have you ever delighted in the scent of burning pomegranate? What about pomegranate sizzling in an orange peel? Well, I have, and they are both glorious. The sight is delicious, too. So it was easy to pick this picture of my Winter Solstice fire as my favorite image for 2012:
I was also enchanted by A Luscious Goddess on My Wood
 And by this mighty tree growing through rock
My silver hammer for Deconstructing the Darkness is awesome, too
 Oh, and there is this bee…
 I remember talking to it as I took the pictures, saying, “You are such a great model. My goodness you should do this professionally. What a bee you are. Great pose!” Then I got a little closer… poked the bee with a stick. It didn’t move. Yep, I was talking to a dead bee *sigh*

Stop by Thematic Photographic 228 and share your favorite photos from 2012—living and dead.
Now I’m off to spend some time reassuring Janani. She’s acting extra needy, today.
 Attila has been sleeping… He does that a lot. Because he’s a baby… And he’s growing ;-)

38 comments:

  1. ummmm...? You sure that bee was dead? If they get a chill they literally come to a standstill. I've picked many bees off plants on cold damp mornings and revived them with a little honey and a warm area to recover in :D
    Love your babies, and your scrummy solstice fire...with snow...perfection :D XXX

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    1. Oh the poor thing was a gonner. I was hoping it was just playing possum, and it was the reason why I didn't thought it with my ginormous warm fingers, but when I lifted it a bit with a stick, I noticed that her insides were gone. I suspect as someone's dinner *sigh*

      It was freezing on the Winter Solstice, so instead of setting up the fire on the grown, Jacob found an old can and a broken bird bath, drilled some holes, and ta-da! We had a nice fire ;-)

      Even the babies were happy with the warmth ;-)

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  2. Your babies are so adorable. Yes dogs are very sensitive and notice if mommy is a little distant. They are just so precious!
    Hugs
    "SueAnn

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    1. And Janani is more sensitive than most. Attila is very independent, but Janani gets upset if you don't give her attention all the time. She follows me around all day, and when I'm cooking, she is a rug in front of the stove lol

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  3. Your dogs are gorgeous. I wish I could have one. Or a dozen.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean by a dozen. I was thinking about working at a local shelter and Jacob said that before I even considered that option, we had to write a contract stating how many puppies I could bring home lol

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  4. I used to find bees encased in ice on flowers in the early morning when I lived in the Yukon. It was a beautiful, if terribly sad sight. Then one day I noticed that as soon as the sun came out and the ice melted the bees flew away. Maybe your bee was playing possum?? Anyway it is a beautiful photo - as all of your photos are!

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    1. Nope, the poor thing was a carcass. The lower half was empty and it was missing a few vital parts ;-(

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  5. As awesome as that solstice fire photo is, I'd vote for the Luscious Goddess of the Wood, LOL!

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    1. I think we've all voted for A Luscious Goddess on My Wood ;-)

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  6. I've found several seemingly dead bees, sometimes they come to a standstill. If they've gotten chilly, if they've gotten a bit wet ad my favorite sometimes just so some unsuspecting witch will pick them up to bury in her garden and they freak her out when they start buzzing and walking about her hand. Not that it's ever happened to me or anything... hahaha.

    Awesome photos hun! Your pups are both such beautiful critters. It seems sibling rivalry isn't just a human trait. ;)

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    1. I would have paid to see your... I mean, said Witch's face when the bees seemingly came back from the land of the gonners lol

      Sibling rivalry and then some. Janani might get sad if she thinks she's not getting her share, but Attila gets straight up pissed off. He makes the most disturbing annoyed faces. And his eyes get so red that sometimes I wonder if he won't burst into flames of rage lol

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  7. Sweet photos! That fire looks so warm (says the woman drinking iced coffee). Poor MissJ...she looks so picked upon. Given the time of year, & your issues with the cold ;), perhaps the two of you would be happier cuddling close on the sofa under a thick comforter/sleeping bag/afghan/any combination thereof. Even thin coated pups are lovely hand & feet warmers.

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    1. Janani is of the smothering kind. She loves to cuddle, but she gets so excited that she wants to show you all her love by putting all her almost 100 lbs on your face, and scratching love into you. Poor thing, we need to teach the art of subtlety lol

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  8. love all your photo choices.....I particularly like the sleeping puppy...reminds me of my Willow over the rainbow. She too had that sweet white slobbery jowled love face.
    At my age, and position in the universe, I am so over a schedule for myself. I think too it is because when I am alone...I can do what I please when it pleases me. Right now with the grands being home on winter break, I am their bitch (and I love it). Pattern and routine are what Ry happy so everyday is pretty much the same....until they go to school....hehehehehe

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    1. Attila is a handsome moody boy. And he LOVES to sleep and stay warm. Right now, he is sitting in front of the door 'inspecting' the neighborhood lol.

      I'm trying to be less of a scheduler, or at least compromise, but... I'm sucking at it. I will try to get better... maybe I will ;-)

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  9. Gorgeous dogs, they would appear in my favourites too.

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    1. Aren't they always our favorites? If I was left to my own devices, I would probably walk around with a camera all day, so I can photograph them at the cutest. But they would probably hide from me after a while lol

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  10. Love them all, especially the fur babies. I've never thought to burn a pomegranate... what an awesome ritual that could make!

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    1. When the fire gets really hot, the seeds pop and you get a roasted smell that resembles that of almond and mild coconut. It's delicious. At least to me ;-)

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  11. I enjoyed your pics, but especially the Winter Solstice fire. I have to admit I have never experienced burning pomegranate with or without orange, but it sounds divine! Your babies are sweet, and look at Janani's big soulful eyes, awww!

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    1. I will make sure to share your comment with Janani, she loves compliments lol And yes, she uses those eyes like a weapon: "Pet me or my soulful sadness will melt your heart" lol

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  12. mmmmmmm...your solstice fire...looks, and sounds wonderful!
    great memories of 2012!
    and i love your doggies...woof!

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    1. I just woofed, too!

      Great memories, indeed. And in the process of making 2013 just as memorable. I hope ;-)

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    1. Hope 2013 is being good to you. Things are cold, cold, cold around here. And the puppies are bored *sigh*

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  14. Poor little bee! Great photo, though ;o) Your winter solstice fire is beautiful! I can smell the amazing aroma from here ;o) Keep loving those puppies ;o)

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    1. Well the aromas seem to travel both ways, I haven't been able to stop thinking about Mama Crow's buns. They looked sooo delicious, and the scent was even better. I might have to bake some ;-)

      The puppies agree with you ;-)

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  15. I was just thinking, "I'm impressed. Bees never stay still when I photograph them. It's like they know what I'm doing and don't like it." Then I find out the bee was dead...

    Maybe I need to poison some bees in the name of art, so that they'll sit still for me?

    I love the photos. And I'm sure Janani will forgive you if you give her lots of kisses and treats. :)

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    1. The idea of you walking around as some kind of black (pollen) widow made me giggle. Especially when I picture the camera in your hand. Poor bees lol

      Janani is very forgiving... and forgetful, too ;-)

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  16. Very nice, Magaly.

    I'm tempted to say that bee was merely pining for the fjords!
    ~

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    1. I believe you are right. I'm also pretty sure that every question in life can be answered with a well placed of Monty Python skid ;-)

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  17. Aw, the little dead bee!

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    1. I know, poor thing. All dead and cute ;-(

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  18. Someday I shall own another pitbull. I got me a calendar of pitbulls this year! My very biased hubby is slowly learning that pitbulls aren't all bad. :)

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    1. Dogs, like magic, can be sweet of ruthless. They tend to reflect the heart and behavior of those in charge of them.

      I want a calendar, too! Hm, I might make one with puppy pics ;-)

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