P52 52/52 The End!

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I completed the Project without missing a week!

P52 52 of 52 The End!

I’d like to wish all my family, friends: real, and virtual a very Merry Christmas!

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8g| Hand-held|

More to come…

P52 23/52 Summer is…

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P52 23 of 52 Rustic Tarte a la Tomate

It’s not quite Summer here yet, but my local market had some good looking Heirloom tomatoes in so I bought several for salad, and a Tarte à la Tomate.
The Tarte was so warm and gooey that the cheese and tomatoes are sliding off the crust in this image. It may not look pretty, but it was tasty!

The recipe is from Kristin Ingham Espinasse an American ex-pat living in France with her wine maker husband and their two children. She writes the blog French Word a Day which is where I found her.
I can’t find the blog post that Kristin shared the recipe for the Tarte à la Tomate…it was years ago. I hope she doesn’t mind if I share it.

Tarte à la Tomate

1 store bought pie crust to fit your  desired pie pan
2 or 3 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 cup of shredded Emmental cheese (or Gruyère)
2 or 3 Large tomatoes, sliced
Olive Oil- enough to drizzle
Herbes de Provence- to taste
salt and pepper

Roll out the store-bought pie crust ( if rollable). Slather mustard* across its surface. Sprinkle cheese over the mustard and set the tomatoes across the top. Add salt, pepper, herbes de Provence, and a filet or swirl of olive oil to taste.
Cook the tomato pie in 425º oven for 20 minutes. Serves 4, salivates eight.

* variation: try tapenade (crushed olive spread) in place of the mustard.

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f2.8 micro lens| SB910 camera left, and SB600 camera right triggered via Commander Mode in camera


P52 20/52Ursa Major “Big Dipper” over Yosemite National Park

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P52 20 of 52 Ursa Major"Big Dipper" over Yosemite National ParkNikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f/2.8| Tripod

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, Basket Dome, Yosemite Valley, California, USA

P52 18/52 Lazuli Bunting-1st yr male

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P52 18 of 52 Lazuli Bunting-1st yr MaleThis is my 1st sighting of this bird! He’s a beauty. He was sitting on a snag singing his heart out until a House Wren flew over and chased him off the snag. Then the Wren started singing.

It was a delightful morning. The lizards came out to be serenaded by the Wren and this Lazuli Bunting.

Happy May Day everyone!

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm @f4| 1/2500s| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod

Santa Clara County, CA, USA