Friday, February 24, 2012

Strange what is found among the leavings of generations that came before.  My daughter's Aunt J gave her an interesting green bottle indented about a quarter of the way up from the bottom.  A wine bottle?
                                                                               seems M's ancestors were absinthe drinkers. Absinthe, distilled from wormwood (artemisia absinthium), anise, fennel, and a few other medicinal herbs, contained a high level of alcohol.   Popular in the 19th and early 20th century the elixir also known as la fee verte, the green fairy, was enjoyed by writers and artists such as Hemingway, Baudelaire, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as the Peugeots of Ohio.

I wonder if absinthe calmed in the same way a lovely glass of wine or a cocktail can. 

BTW...absinthe drinkers can once again enjoy the spirit. 

Have I told you lately?  I love pink flowers! 

May you find calm in the winter day whether it's in a drink, a food, or a pink Gerbera daisy!

I forgot to mention that I used a cool texture on the absinthe bottle photo. I found it on the Great Texture group in Flickr.  Now the bad part is that somehow I lost the name of the artist who provided  this freebie.  I think it was from Playing with Brushes.  There are loads of textures on Flickr, if you're searching for ways to add artistic touches to your photos. 

The bottom photo has a gaussian blur and I used soft light with 55% opacity.  I toyed with levels and hue/saturation until I got the look I wanted. 


  1. I occassionally hear absinthe mentioned in movies I see and have always wondered exactly what it was. Neat bottle!

  2. These are so gorgeous. I love your photography, so soft and lovely. Karen

  3. The photographs are excellent and I loved the 'bottle story'. Perhaps absinthe gave that warm and cosy glow that a glass of wine, before a cheery fire, waiting for the spring to break through, gives.

    A flowing post!

  4. What a beautiful image you have created! Haven't heard of absinthe since my Uni theses :)
    Absinthe is more alcoholic than wine. It's a spirit (45–74%), but it's normally diluted with water prior to being consumed. :) For years it has been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug, but I think this is a bit of an exaggeration. :/ Not enough studies about it. But I am rumbling, I do apologize! :)I have never tried it, but I sure love the green color, so cheerful. :)
    Enjoy the weekend!

  5. Beautiful photography! I love how a thing like simple pink flowers can perk up the winter months. xo

  6. Your photography is incredible and so is your writing. It did brighten a cold winter day. Thanks.


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