Distilling My Thoughts

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Black Button Distilling in Rochester, NY

Black Button Distilling in Rochester, NY

I recently visited a brand new local distillery in Rochester for a tasting.  Black Button Distilling is located on Railroad Street on the way to the Public Market and adjacent to the Rohrbach’s Brewery and tasting room. The owner and chief distiller, Jason Barrett, provided a tour and was refreshingly down-to-earth and knowledgable. As he shared his story, we learned how he made the bold move of basically giving up his corporate job and house to pursue his dream of starting his own distillery. He also talked about the history behind the brand name (his family owned a button factory), the distilling process, and various tasting notes of the current product offerings. I recommend stopping in – it was a very educational and fun evening!

I sampled a wheat vodka (there were two and I had the one with the non-sake notes), the moonshine, and the Citrus Forward Gin. The bourbon is presently being aged in barrels with an anticipated release in 2015. Not surprisingly, the gin won me over with its distinctive flavor notes. The typical juniper bite is smoothed out with citrus and spices resulting in a profile reminiscent of orange spice tea. I knew I could have some fun experimenting with this. Thus, retail therapy occurred and I left with a bottle in hand. In addition to the booze, the Black Button shop also offers glassware, delicious maple syrup (really good stuff!), a variety of bitters, and simple syrups. I am 99% sure the simple syrup brand they offer is this one. However, I determined that I could make the lavender lemon syrup at home myself because as we’ve already established, I am that weirdo who has lavender on hand. If you are not as ambitious, feel free to procure a bottle of syrup in addition to the gin.

Let’s cocktail, shall we?

Lavender Lemons

Lady Sensory’s DIY Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup

Zest and juice of two lemons + enough water to total 1.5 cup of liquid

1 tbsp dried lavender (make sure it’s for culinary use – you can get it at Williams-Sonoma)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup vanilla sugar

I added a small amount of vanilla sugar to slightly round out the flavor because I have a fussy palate. No worries if you don’t have it on hand – you can omit or add a tiny drop of vanilla extract. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil for several minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is reduced in half (approximately 3/4 – 1 cup). Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer or tea strainer to remove the lavender and zest. The color will resemble pink lemonade. Syrup will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container (I used a mason jar). Use in cocktails, sodas (“cold pop”), or even over ice cream. Cocktail recipes from my mixology experiments are below.  You’ll note that I’ve incorporated some French names thanks to the lavender.

The Jacques Collins

Jacques Collins

Lady Sensory’s Jacques Collins

2 oz Black Button Citrus Forward Gin*

2 tbsp lavender lemon simple syrup (above)

Orange slice and 1-2 Maraschino cherries for garnish

Top with sparkling water/ club soda.

Chill a Collins glass or large rocks glass a few minutes in advance. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, gin and lavender lemon syrup. Shake until well combined and pour into the chilled glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with an orange slice and 1-2 cherries. This drink is simple, refreshing, and will make you long for summer (especially in this extreme cold!)

 

Soleil Levant Martini

Soleil Levant Martini

Lady Sensory’s Soleil Levant (Rising Sun) Martini

2 oz gin (again, Black Button Citrus Forward)

1/2  oz St. Germain

1/2 oz Lillet (blanc)

1 oz lavender lemon simple syrup

Several dashes of Angostura bitters (will provide additional flavor and color)

Orange or lemon slice for garnish

Chill a large martini glass in advance and fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine gin, St. Germain, Lillet, lavender lemon syrup, bitters, and shake well. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with an orange wheel (or lemon – your choice). You can add another drop or two of bitters if needed (the drink should be apricot in color). You could also rim the glass with lavender sugar if you are feeling extra fancy. And no, I haven’t made lavender sugar yet, but I probably will soon.

Black Button products are currently available at the distillery, restaurants, and some liquor stores. The average cost is around $40 for the gin, and it is well worth it. Pick some up and support people’s dreams and local businesses. Gin season is almost upon us and you will definitely want the Citrus Forward on your home bar!

* If you aren’t local to Rochester, an orange or citrus-infused gin would probably work for either of these recipes until Black Button becomes more widely distributed.

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Ballooney Tunes

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While I was hanging out with Krampus back in December, I bumped into a friend who told me about a project he was going to be promoting involving a balloon installation of Jack and the Beanstalk at the old Sibley Tower here in Rochester. It sounded a little crazy but he was so excited that I made a mental note to check it out when the time rolled around.

Over the past several weeks, he has been promoting the heck out of it as #BalloonManor. I decided to stop in today and I’m glad I did. The artists, Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami, created an amazing balloon depiction of this old English fairy tale. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it and I’m hoping they take it (or another balloon installation) on the road so that other cities can enjoy it. It was also nice to see so many people downtown at the historic Sibley building again. The balloon sculpture is five stories tall, is free and open to the public, and the last day to enjoy it is tomorrow, February 10, from 10 AM – 7 PM.

Here are a few shots, but they really don’t do it justice. If you are in the vicinity, take a day off and go see it in person before it’s gone!

Quick addendum: There is a Balloon Popping Party from 5-7 PM tomorrow. The cost is $10 and the link to get tickets to the event is here.

Local Women ROC-ing Fashion

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Today’s Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) post is dedicated to fashion. While I certainly enjoy fashion and retail therapy, I don’t write about the topic often. I’ve decided to focus this post on the Rochester area and four young professional women who are making an impact on local fashion through their work and various social media outlets.

Tanvi

Tanvi Asher of Peppermint

Let’s start this off with the clothes, shall we? Meet Tanvi Asher, designer and owner of Peppermint, a boutique located at 121 Park Avenue. Tanvi received her MFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and worked in packaging design before eventually opening the shop that would house her clothing line. Last spring, she presented exclusive looks at her Sewn Seeds runway show alongside other local designers, Andrea Geer and Josean Vargas. Most recently, she was featured in the RIT Design Autopsy show in early November; and will be at the annual Holiday Bazaar hosted at the Rochester Museum and Science center this coming weekend.  Peppermint offers stylish, contemporary clothing at an affordable price point.  Stop by often, since Tanvi stocks new, “minty fresh” items frequently.

Peppermint designs from the Sewn Seeds Runway Show

Peppermint looks from the runway show

In addition to her own clothing and scarf designs, Tanvi stocks other brands in limited quantities. She also features accessories created by local artists and has hosted trunk shows for those artists to debut their work.  She has participated in Fashion Week of Rochester events for the past few years. Tanvi occasionally does custom designs for weddings and other special occasions.  Check out the dress she made for me for a fundraiser in September below.

Custom dress by Peppermint. Photo by Christopher Cove

Custom dress by Peppermint. Photo by Christopher Cove

How we met: I went into Peppermint for a gift certificate for a friend’s 30th birthday and continued to go back and shop for both myself and others.

Social: In addition to word-of-mouth referrals, and a newly redesigned website/ online store, Peppermint has a very strong FacebookInstagram, and Twitter presence. Follow along for info on upcoming trunk shows, events, promotions, contests, and of course, pictures of Tanvi’s adorable pup, Cooper, who is often at the shop.

Cooper Next on our list is vintage clothing store owner, Morgan DeLapa, of Treasure Trove Vintage which is conveniently located around the corner from Peppermint at the same address (entrance is on the Meigs St. side of the building).  I think the most impressive thing about Morgan’s selection is the quality of the clothing she offers. Everything is in excellent condition and she has pieces from almost every decade. She also offers some unique vintage shoes and accessories.

Morgan DeLapa: Serious and silly about vintage

Morgan DeLapa: Serious and silly about vintage

How we met: Morgan had several pieces from Treasure Trove stocked at Peppermint during the Fashion Week Boutique Crawl.  I spied a fabulous coat that I liked and she encouraged me to come back the following week with my Fashion Week coupon which was super nice of her! This coat is a huge hit wherever I go. Unfortunately, I don’t have a decent full length shot yet so that you can bask in all its glory but you can get a sense of the color and pattern here.

I like my coat big time

I like my coat big time

Social: Morgan makes excellent use of her blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to showcase new arrivals as well as her great sense of humor.  I actually found her on Instagram before I met her in person. She is a joy to follow and you can tell she really enjoys vintage garments and working with fashion by how much fun she is having in the pictures.

"Master Flairista" Claire Albertson

“Master Flairista” Claire Albertson

Continuing on the vintage side of things is another local gal named Claire Albertson, also known as ClaireFlair.  She creates her unique, one-of-a-kind accessories by integrating pearls, metal, and vintage “flair.”  In addition to designing jewelry, Claire works a full-time job as a vice president of marketing and is also a dance instructor. She has an online shop but can usually be found the second Saturday of every month at the Rochester Brainery Bazaar at the Village Gate. I haven’t picked out my first piece of ClaireFlair yet, but I’ve been eyeing some of very recent designs with braided pearls and spike accents. I’ve always been a pearl girl but I seem to have a bit of the spike fetish these days.

How we met: At a housewarming party for fellow advertising friends. As it turns out, she was an intern at a a local non-profit where I volunteer, the Ad Council of Rochester.

Recent ClaireFlair designs

Recent ClaireFlair designs

Social: ClaireFlair can be found on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She will often promote when she will be at the Brainery Bazaar and post pics of new designs that get snatched up rather quickly, so you need to move fast if you spy something you like!

Flower City Fashionista, Jenny Sanzo Photo by Sweet Pickle Photography

Flower City Fashionista, Jenny Sanzo
Photo by Sweet Pickle Photography

Last but not least, meet the Flower City Fashionista, Jenny Sanzo. She is married and has two adorable little boys and manages her fashion blog and her own personal shopping and styling business. She’s an accomplished writer and originally had goals to be an English professor before life took her in a different direction. In addition to that, she is the co-founder of Rochester Blogger Network and also manages their Facebook and Twitter accounts. What is refreshing about Jenny is that she’s down to earth and presents looks that are both trendy and friendly on the wallet.  She can also transform looks from what you already have in your closet. A big proponent of shopping local, she has featured the above ladies on her frequent shopping excursions around town.

How we met: In the ladies’ room at a local fundraiser while I was hanging with two of my favorite drag queens. She complimented me on my dress and then found me on Facebook after the party.

Jenny at the Cocktails and Couture event

Jenny at the Cocktails and Couture event

Social:  Jenny posts daily on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can usually find her out and about at local fundraisers, fashion shows, and networking events sporting something fabulous and likely from a shop in Rochester. Sometimes she manages to get her son to take photos of her outfits which is pretty cute.

So there you have it: four local ladies making their way in Rochester fashion through hard work, word-of-mouth referrals, and amazing social media efforts. Do yourself a favor and check out what stylish gift ideas they have to offer for someone special this holiday season!

Celebrate Kindness with Krampus

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Krampus holiday card image from Wikipedia Commons

Krampus holiday card image from Wikipedia Commons

I know. You’re looking at that title and thinking, “Man, this Lady Sensory chick is whack.” Admittedly, I have a lot more free time on my hands to research things going on around these parts. Today’s Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) post is dedicated to World Kindness Day. Certainly, there are loads of ways to be kind and find a way to give back. You could volunteer at a senior community, a soup kitchen, or certainly send some relief money to the Philippines because lord knows they need it.

With the holidays quickly approaching and the recent changes in my life, I’ve been looking for new and fun holiday activities that are also charitable. A friend posted a link to something called Breakfast with Krampus on Facebook.  I have a twisted sense of humor and a low threshold for Jingle Bells, so I was immediately intrigued and wasted at least an hour if not more on “the internets” perusing facts and images of Krampus. Apparently, this Krampus character is some kind of European folklore beast that rides shotgun with St. Nicholas and takes care of the naughty children by licking them, beating them with a stick, and throwing them into burlap sacks. So if everyone acts kindly and behaves on World Kindness Day, then we won’t have to worry about anyone taking any abuse, right?

Wait. Why on earth am I posting about this stuff on World Kindness Day? I must be a deranged lunatic, right?

Nope. Breakfast with Krampus is actually a local fundraiser and toy drive for children in need being held on Saturday, December 7. The event is for people aged 16 and up and is all in good fun. It is free to attend, but they are raising funds to help pay for the Krampus costume, food, and other items needed for the day of the event. It is recommended that you bring one new, unwrapped toy to donate. Basically, if Krampus thinks your toy sucks, then prepare to be humiliated!

For those in the Rochester area, more information on how you can attend or volunteer (a.k.a. become a ‘Krampling’) can be found by visiting this website or better yet, watch the hilarious video on the indiegogo page.

Happy World Kindness Day. Now go out and make a difference in whatever way you see fit. Remember – Krampus is watching!

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Dear Mr. Rochester

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This particular "Mr. Rochester" is my great-grandfather, Charles Ranson Carruth. He enjoyed taking the milk money to buy antiques and other collectibles. Some of his treasures can be found at the Memorial Art Gallery and Strong Museum of Play.

This particular “Mr. Rochester” is my great-grandfather, Charles Ranson Carruth. He enjoyed taking the milk money to buy antiques and other collectibles. Some of his treasures can be found at the Memorial Art Gallery and Strong Museum of Play. Now you know where I get my good looks from. Okay fine, Crazy Bob isn’t too shabby either.

Today’s Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) post is on “My Hometown.” I’m an upstate New York gal and while I spent my school years growing up outside of Syracuse, I’ve spent my entire adult life in Rochester.  I decided to focus on the latter for this post. Recently, a new local blog was started called Rochester Love Notes (@RocLoveNotes on Twitter). It’s a great concept and the basic requirement for a submission is roughly 600 words describing what you love about Rochester. Since I couldn’t bear the thought of hindering my creative juices with a word count and my letter results from a love affair with Rochester that has been rather unrequited, I’ll be giving you my rendition here. Fellow literature geeks should appreciate the references.

Dear Mr. Rochester,

I can’t say that I never thought we’d reach this point. Alas, I think the moment is upon us.

I remember when we first met. I was just a child, but when visiting my grandmother, I recall the sense of dangerous attraction I felt overlooking High Falls from the revolving top of the First Federal Building in the early 1980s.  We would not meet again until I was 16 and in search of colleges.  In 1994 I arrived and began to make a life with you. Yes, Mr. Rochester, we’ve actually been together for nearly twenty years.

In my mid-twenties, my father warned me about your arrogance and your beautiful but damned existence. “I don’t know who these Rochester people think they are,” he said, forgetting he had married my born-Rochesterian mother. True to his Syracuse roots, I labeled him as resentful of the place that I thought could offer me more both culturally and economically.

You seduced me with your sophisticated and educated charm, Mr. Rochester. I fell hard for your proximity to water, your museums, and rich history. The trappings of high-end retailers, fine dining, country clubs with beautifully maintained golf courses, fundraisers, and personalities bigger than their britches certainly have provided a lot of social entertainment. There have been nights we’ve happily celebrated successes together and nights where you’ve managed to make a drunken fool of me. You’ve even dressed up as a woman for me on several occasions, but that was all in good fun.

I think that sometimes you forget that I’ve also seen your darker side, that flawed side of you that causes people to turn off the news at night.  I worked with the last of your Holocaust survivors drawing pictures of German soldiers. I walked door to door in neighborhoods ridden with poverty, filing missing person reports on your children. I’ve found razor blades lodged in my windshield wipers in said neighborhoods where, at the time, home tutors were being raped.  I’ve experienced “good-old-boy,” top-heavy, glass-ceiling management. I’ve seen your elders fall short of funds in senior housing communities only to be sent somewhere where medicaid payment is accepted but laden with state deficiencies and questionable care. I’ve had five car accidents here. I’ve been stalked, stolen from, yelled at, harassed, snowed in, and ice-stormed with no power for five days. Truth be told, I wouldn’t change any of it because you have made me stronger. In fact, you have made me who I am.

Despite all of the ties that bind us together, lately I’ve noticed we seem to be drifting apart.  I suppose I can’t blame you entirely.  We’ve had our share of indiscretions.  There was that time in 2003 when I contemplated leaving you for Arizona. Then again in 2006 when the vapid narcissism of southern California called my name. Neither could offer me the commitment I wanted and so I stayed out of loyalty and sadly, fear of the unknown.  I started to feed the urge to leave you by traveling halfway around the world and back, but ultimately you couldn’t fulfill the financial resources it would take for me to continue that hobby. Over the past few years I traveled less and tried to make a life worth living here. I became more involved in volunteerism and community service at organizations that I believe make a difference in your well-being but ultimately, I’m just not sure it’s enough. I suppose I could do even more for you. I could sport a myriad of apparel or accessories proclaiming my love and adoration for you.  But you and I both know I’ve never been one for public displays of affection; and I’m certainly not into something previously enjoyed by one of your other women.

I’ve questioned your fidelity because you’ve been reckless with me, Mr. Rochester. You’ve left me jobless three times now, and broken-hearted more times than I care to recall.  Thankfully, I’m resilient enough to wind up on both feet and better off each time, but I’m forced to wonder when my luck will run out. We’re both aware of my intelligence and talents; and I’m certainly more Cathertine Linton vs. plain Jane Eyre in the looks department.  And yet, sometimes you look right through me as if I don’t exist. At 37 years old I’m without a husband, children, or a career that fulfills me.  I’ve given you the best damn years of my life, Rochester. Why must you continue to deny me of the very basic needs that could keep me here forever?

I implore you to give me a reason to stay, Rochester. Now please forgive me as I throw your own words back in your face while I question the fate of our future together and know that this is not about hating you or falling out of love. It’s simply knowing when it’s time to let go: “Since happiness is irrevocably denied me, I have a right to get pleasure out of life: and I will get it, cost what it may.”

(Quote from Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)

A Day in the Life of the Unenjoyed

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Exactly. What what?

Exactly. What what?

No that’s not a typo. ‘Unenjoyment’ is a word my friend and I coined several years ago. Today those who Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) will be capturing moments in their everyday lives. Boy, you people are totally in for a treat*.

7:21 AM – Look at all the notifications on your phone. Note than none are from potential employers and take stock in how crazy people can be this early in the morning. Now shut that phone off and go back to sleep. This is not the kind of ‘vibrate’ your body needs right now.

8:17 AM – Get up. Make some coffee. Contemplate making breakfast but don’t eat just yet. You can’t afford a monthly gym membership and you’ll be hungrier in a few hours. Take a shower to get your mind off food. Wash and blow out your hair. Peruse your grey strands and acknowledge the fact that you really need to dye your roots. Decide to wait another week. No one’s looking at you anyway and you have cute winter hats.

10:03 AM – Drive here for a Brazilian bikini wax. Don’t be a terrible mother. Just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean your vagina has to suffer.

Mark & M.E.: Rochester's best - she's fast and she's thorough.

Mark & M.E.: Rochester’s best – she’s fast and she’s thorough.

11:05 AM – Look at the job sites. Marvel at the fact that searching the words ‘marketing director’ and ‘director of public relations’ results in occupations such as ‘receptionist’ and ‘apprentice’ at the Chipotle Mexican Grill.  Think about how you gave up time with your dying mother to pursue your master’s degree. Get good and discouraged.

11:38 AM – Go on social media and stalk people. Marvel at the fact that two ugly people made such a cute baby and that two pretty people made such an ugly baby. Feel better about yourself and count your genetic blessings.

11:59 AM – Go back on the job sites and find that one random job that mildly piques your interest and apply for it while that fleeting moment of feeling better about yourself lasts.

1:09 PM – Congrats! You can eat now. Recall that time when one of your gay male friends told you that you look like Mary Louise Parker. Imagine this is what you look like this while you bake in your kitchen. Every. Damn. Time.

Mary Louise Parker making a pie.  www.popsugar.com & originally in Esquire August 2009

Mary Louise Parker making a pie. http://www.popsugar.com & originally in Esquire August 2009

2:12 PM – Check your phone. Remind yourself you’re not talking to certain people right now because they suck. Now put your phone down. Now pick it back up again and relegate yourself into Facebook purgatory. Look at the event invites with silent contempt that people just don’t understand that you can’t afford to go out several nights a week right now. Hit ‘decline.’

Notifications

2:38 PM – Begin to touch your face and feel for zits or stray hairs, but try to avoid your tweezers. Your thinning eyebrows are a direct correlation to your present mental state and you do not need to go on Latisse. Girl, that shit is expensive!

2:47 PM – Take a look at your checkbook and credit card receipts. Now quick – look away before you cry! It’s a frickin’ disaster and crying makes you look like a bubble-eye goldfish.

Girrrrrl, don't you cry! Bubble-eye goldfish image from Wikipedia Commons.

Girrrrrl, don’t you cry!
Bubble-eye goldfish image from Wikipedia Commons.

3:10 PM – Contemplate opening a bottle of wine and then just do it. Who cares, right? You were ready, willing, and able to work today and ain’t nobody callin’. Make a mental note of any cheap wines you enjoy. The fact that you aren’t working means your liver should compensate by working much harder. Recall you have plans with a friend. Stop drinking wine.

3:36 PM – Your also ‘unenjoyed’ neighbors are now getting loud next door. Start a music medley with Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction. Oh yeah, they think they’re getting alternative but throw them off and move into Queen Latifah mode. Maybe insert Beyonce’s Single Ladies and dance around. This is the most movement you’ll be getting all day. Then pick a current annoying pop tune of your choice. Play it really loud. I recommend that new and awful Timber song by Pitbull and Ke$ha, if you can tolerate it. That’s what earplugs are for. Now end this compilation with It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones and then go quiet. You know, keep those bitches next door on their toes!

4:01 PM – Put on makeup. Notice your eyelids look more like crepe paper than those of a bubble-eye goldfish. Resolve to apply even more eye cream and drink more water. Pour another glass of wine instead. Eat something else. It will only save you money later on your outing. Observe the sheer volume of kale in your refrigerator and then choose cheese.

5:28 PM – Glance around. Take stock in the state of the pigsty better known as your apartment. Come to the conclusion that like your hair, no one else is looking at it.  Turn off the light and go out for the evening. Today was rough, you totally deserve it, and tomorrow is another day.

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara Image: www.fansshare.com

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara
Image: http://www.fansshare.com

*Please note: This post is both derisive and satirical in nature.

En Plein Air

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One of my very favorite 'lights' ever - the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. You can get one here: http://www.redriderleglamps.com

One of my very favorite ‘lights’ ever – the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. You can get one here: http://www.redriderleglamps.com

Light is today’s topic for Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) in recognition of Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival of lights.  I’m only slightly familiar with this festival through a few of my friends who hail from India. I wish I had an assortment of the beautiful Diwali paper lanterns to show you, but thankfully we can interpret the content of these post topics as we see fit.

When I think about ‘light’ the first thing that comes to mind is ‘en plein air,’ which refers to a style of painting typically used by the Impressionists and literally means ‘in open air.’  Most of the Impressionists worked in oil and created landscapes, schlepping their wet canvases around the French countryside.  During the course of my studies I only did artwork outdoors once and it was in a graduate-level drawing class.  We used chalk pastels, which actually lend themselves quite nicely to the plein air style.  Like watercolor, pastel requires you to use the white of your paper for the highlights and then you build on the darker and more colorful parts to create the shadows. Degas is probably the best known pastel Impressionist, although most of his pastels were figurative versus landscape. Here are a few I created in grad school:

This would be the East Avenue entrance to the Nazareth College campus in 1999.

This would be the East Avenue entrance to the Nazareth College campus in 1999.

"Into the Woods," which was basically wandering behind the Nazareth College Arts Center in search of interesting trees.

“Into the Woods,” which was basically wandering behind the Nazareth College Arts Center in search of interesting trees.

Light also makes me think about its importance in photography and in the same thread, I’ve never seen more beautiful light than in the French Mediterranean. It’s no wonder so many artists flocked there to create their masterpieces.  The arid climate and reflection of light off the water just makes everything sun-drenched and gorgeous. Here are a few shots I took while vacationing last summer in the south of France:

Gardens at the palace in Monaco - this looks like a painting

Gardens at the palace in Monaco – this looks like a painting

A shot of the narrow alleys in Old Town Nice.

A shot of the narrow alleys in Old Town Nice.

A 'Nice' shot of a tree.

A ‘Nice’ shot of a tree.

Le Château Fountain (it wasn't running, but it was still pretty)

Le Château Fountain (it wasn’t running, but it was still pretty)

More buildings in Old Town Nice

More buildings in Old Town Nice

And a 'Nice' sunset and rooftop view from the hotel

And a ‘Nice’ sunset and rooftop view from the hotel

So this has been my take on the topic of ‘light’ and I’m looking forward to other BEDN bloggers’ interpretations. Speaking of travel and Diwali, I really do hope to get to India someday and see the Golden Temple aglow.  For those who celebrate, Happy Diwali!