Beer Taps–So Many Choices

The fun of photography is to look for patterns, unusual situations and repetition.  The theme for this week’s photo challenge is “Variations on a Theme.”  This photo of a variety of beer taps is from the Pink Pony, a famous bar on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  See my other post about the 10



New Mexico Chiles: Know Your Boundaries

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Sometimes you need to set your own boundaries, know your limitations.  That’s especially the case with chilis.

They may merely add flavor to cooking or set your mouth ablaze in a manner that will send you running for the icewater (and have other repercussions, too, if you know what I mean.)

I was in New Mexico a couple of weeks ago where chilis–red and green–are in just about everything you eat.  Fall is the height of chili season there and you’ll find them piled in farmers’ markets and smell them roasting, “New Mexico aromatherapy,” at the market or on the roadside. You’ll find them in restaurants any time of year.  When ordering, your server may ask, “Red or green?”  By that she means the color of chilis you want.  If the answer in both, it’s common to say “Christmas.”

Some chilis hot, some not.   In some cases it’s like playing roulette–one in ten is hot, you just don’t know until you eat it.  Either way, they’re beautiful to look at.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, near Half Moon Bay, California
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, near Half Moon Bay, California was built in 1871 to guide ships along the Northern California coast.

O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
From “A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe