Summer fades away

It's been a hot and hectic summer for us. A family reunion, a road trip that included cabin and tent camping, the aftermath, and summer camps for Medha that included a cooking camp. I now have a very enthusiastic helper in the kitchen. We are now into the third week of school and all the extra curricular activities will move into full throttle from now on.

Even though it isn't officially fall, we're slowly slipping into fall-like weather. The nights are cooler and while the days are warm, they aren't as hot as summer. And it is still perfect weather to watch summer fade away, armed with a drink and lots of bug spray out on my patio.

My drink of choice lately has been very reflective of summer and bright colors! Blue Haze.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • Lemonade to top off (entirely optional, according to me, as it dilutes the drink!)
  • Slice of lemon or orange as garnish
These colors remind me of The Daily Tiffin makeover. If you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out as soon as possible. Hats off to Suganya and the DT team for putting new fire into a blog that is an amazing resource for tips on healthy living.

I wasn't sure if this should be my entry to CLICK: Citrus, for which I am fashionably late. I can't even claim to be operating on IST because that is 11 and half hours ahead! But since I am a judge and my entry will not be scored, I am hoping the CLICK Gods will forgive me my offline commitments!

I seem to have hit an all time low this past month in the department of inspiration. I've taken pictures of lemons and oranges before, many times. My two favorites are:



The first of these two is my second most interesting picture, has the most favorites and comments amongst all of my pictures on Flickr. It was, however, largely ignored when I submitted it to DMBLGIT.

The second one could have been executed better and I hope to get to it one of these days.

I did want something more and I think I hit it with this picture, which I call Lime Light.


It's different from my usual high key and since I do love to be in the lime light, in the virtual world, I think it is a fitting entry to CLICK: Citrus.

Now, if I weren't so late, I'd ask you to do your bit and post your entry soon. You still can, just make it something crusty, ok?

18 comments:

Nags said...

i love the first pic. The last one looks a little too edited..

Manisha said...

Nags, thank you! I like the first one, too. But I love the second one just as much. Which part looks edited to you? For that matter, what does editing mean to you? Do you know that anything you do in-camera with a digital camera is editing? Most DSLR owners take pictures in the RAW format and then everything else is post-processing.

And honestly? If I understand your comment about 'too edited', the first one is edited more than the second one because the high key was done with in-camera settings and then there was a clean-up of the background using Photoshop. The second one was just a matter of regular settings so that the camera would capture a picture of the lime balancing on a flashlight.
:-D

bee said...

manisha, stop editing so much okay? you're stealing my thunder. ;-)

Anita said...

I don't know about the technical mumbo-jumbo, but I do like lime light! Though I would love some Blue Haze here...
But my fave will remian the one with the three fruits - great colours!

Meeta said...

i love the blue haze - the picture and the drink! just need one now. i love the lime light - a unique shot for sure.

bhagyashri said...

Lime Light is beautiful, reminded me of the kaleidoscope :)

musical said...

Orange+Lime+Lemon all the way :). Can't get more citrusy than that! Perfect composition for welcoming fall :).

A_and_N said...

I lowwweeeeeeeee the first pic :)

Springer Kneeblood said...

Manisha, it looks and sounds wonderful! You probably don't recognize me. I've been here many times before. I have a new identity and a new blog. I hope you visit and join the Geezer (a hint) on Twitter (which, I must remind you, you don't use often!).

All the best!

Purnima said...

Happy Chaturthi, Manisha!
All the pics look fantastic!

MarysMom said...

Hi, Manisha! I love Lime Light. Thanks for the reminder about Click- I am considering joining this month's but as we have sworn off bread for a while until Thanksgiving, I might have a hard tme finding a good subject.

Rachna said...

awwww i love lime light....

TS said...

The Lime Light is intriguing, if i stare at it hard enough, it feels/seems like an Optical illusion, and THAT is cool.

Enjoy the weather...and the beautiful drinks!

cheers, trupti
The Spice Who Loved Me

Cynthia said...
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Cynthia said...

...since I do love to be in the lime light, in the virtual world... :))

Linda said...

Hi Manisha,

I'm really late to vote, I know -- but I love the orange-lemon-lime photo! :)

Hope all's well!

Shella said...

Awesome pics Manisha, I love the second one....and the drink looks perfect - for the season and for the eyes too...

soma said...

Hi

My first time here i think (Atleast since I started blogging). I have been seeing your name in Jugalbandi's blog..

what an great place u have here and what exquisite picutes. Just love every bit of it!!

Soma (www.ecurry.com)