C.M.S. Red by Hedges

Young women in a bar. Paris, 1937-1938. © Gaston Paris / Roger-Viollet. Photo ParisEnImages

Young women in a bar. Paris, 1937-1938.
© Gaston Paris / Roger-Viollet. Photo ParisEnImages

I really enjoy drinking wines from the Pacific Northwest but many of them are above my budget except for very special occasions. I was pleased that CMS Red from the Hedges Family Estate is an exception – it’s very good and I found it for less than $15.

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Color: Deep inky purple
Aroma: cinnamon, spice, plum
Grapes: CMS stands for cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah
Taste: Fairly robust taste with some tannins. It has a medium finish and is what I consider “balanced” between acidic and tannic. I would drink this with a hamburger, macaroni and cheese, or a hearty pork dish. I ate it with a sharp Vermont cheddar, which was great. I’ll definitely buy this again, particularly when I have out of town guests.

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Dreaming of Paris

I was daydreaming about Paris yesterday and dug out some photos taken by photographer Todd Mecklem  on our last trip. The food, the artful way they display their wares, and the beautiful old buildings are part of what I love about the city.

Todd Mecklem. Cider and galettes

Todd Mecklem. Cider and galettes

lunch

Todd Mecklem. Croque monsieur and goat cheese salad for lunch

patisserie

Todd Mecklem. Patisserie

facade

Todd Mecklem. Details on old building

Bikes in Paris

Bikes in Paris

Lenoir market

Todd Mecklem. Richard Lenoir market

cobbler

Todd Mecklem. Cobbler’s shop (cordonnier)

Nicolas

Todd Mecklem. Our favorite local wine store Nicolas

Background Story

I’ve been experimenting with taking photographs of old objects with different kinds of backgrounds to see if they help highlight the objects or distract from it. My favorite is the gold and black purse with a black and white advertisement for Byrrh.

Art Deco mesh bag

I like this combination of a black and white advert from a 1930s magazine and the Art Deco purse.

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I used a random page from on old magazine for the background of the compact and powder puff.

Art Deco dress clip

The plain white background works fine.

Art Deco dress clip

I think this is pretty with the purple scarf background but if I were selling the piece, maybe I’d stick with the plain white background.

Rhinestone bracelet

It was sunny and just too bright outside; not sure if I like this background.

French steel cut shoe buckles

The black textured background just looks bad though I think a matte black background would show off the steel cut beads nicely.

Art deco blue glass sautoir

I like how the blue glass shows up but I might try it with grey for more contrast.

Visions of Hong Kong

It’s cold and rainy here in Portland today so I’m daydreaming of somewhere warm, like Hong Kong. The first day of spring feels very winter like.

Hong Kong is a great place to take photographs because there are so many visually interesting things to look at. My husband, Todd Mecklem, took these shots during our recent visit. Enjoy your virtual visit!

Sea glass. © Todd Mecklem

Sea glass. ©Todd Mecklem

Hong Kong harbor.  ©Todd Mecklem

Hong Kong harbor. © Todd Mecklem

Detail of rope on ferry.  © Todd Mecklem

Detail of rope on ferry. ©Todd Mecklem

Dried shrimp. ©Todd Mecklem

Dried shrimp. ©Todd Mecklem

Woman drying shrimp.  © Todd Mecklem

Woman drying shrimp. ©Todd Mecklem

Fish being cooked night market.  © Todd Mecklem

Fish being cooked in the night market. ©Todd Mecklem

Large grains of sand.  © Todd Mecklem

Large grains of sand. ©Todd Mecklem

Hong Kong skyline.  © Todd Mecklem

Hong Kong skyline. © Todd Mecklem

Europeana

Europeana is an amazing collection of images, videos and texts from various European libraries, museums and other entities. The websites’ tagline is “Explore Europe’s Cultural Collections” and it encompasses a wide range of materials organized by subject, date, country, and provider. When you click on a preview of an item, it links back to the entity that owns it; some are free access but some images must be purchased. I like that you can narrow your search to include only copyright free resources.

Some images that struck my fancy are below.

Josephine Baker met hoge hoed in herenkostuum (rokkostuum). 1933. National Library of the Netherlands.

Josephine Baker met hoge hoed in herenkostuum (rokkostuum). 1933. National Library of the Netherlands.

Catherine Deneuve. Les heures de gloire du Studio Harcourt ; Théâtre et cinéma, 1960.

Catherine Deneuve.  Les heures de gloire du Studio Harcourt ; Théâtre et cinéma, 1960.

Shooting for the film "Sunflower" (I Girasoli) in Moscow, 1969. TASS.  Collectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO)

Shooting for the film “Sunflower” (I Girasoli) in Moscow, 1969. TASS. Collectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO)

Balenciaga veste de panthère sur robe longue noire. Donation François Kollar Ministère de la culture (Médiathèque de l'architecture et du patrimoine) diffusion RMN

Balenciaga veste de panthère sur robe longue noire. Donation François Kollar Ministère de la culture (Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine) diffusion RMN

Portrait de Matha Novelly avec un collier de perles en sautoir. Donation Roger Corbeau, Ministère de la culture (Médiathèque de l'architecture et du patrimoine) Diffusion RMN

Portrait de Matha Novelly avec un collier de perles en sautoir. Donation Roger Corbeau, Ministère de la culture (Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine)

Photographer Mathew Brady

I can remember looking at a book of Mathew Brady’s photographs as a child and how disturbing they were. I was both terrified and mesmerized by his photographs of  the dead during the Civil War and his photographs of starving Andersonville prisoners have long stuck with me. Brady is the father of photojournalism, and his documentation of a terrible time in our country’s history moves me every time I see his work.

Portrait of Mathew Brady by L.C.Handy ca. 1865.

Portrait of Mathew Brady by L.C.Handy ca. 1865.

President Abraham Lincoln.   January 8, 1864

President Abraham Lincoln. January 8, 1864

Mrs. Vickers - [Mrs. Gen. M. Vickers(?) with long flowing hair, three-quarter length portrait, seated at table with open book]

Mrs. Vickers – [Mrs. Gen. M. Vickers(?) with long flowing hair, three-quarter length portrait, seated at table with open book]

[Unknown location. Embalming surgeon at work on soldier's body]

[Unknown location. Embalming surgeon at work on soldier’s body]

Dead Confederate soldier.

Dead Confederate soldier.

The Library of Congress has written a biographical note here, and there are many more photos attributed to him at the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Collection.