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Claudia Ward
Bridgehampton, NY
Interests: Photography, travel, cooking, writing,
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Building a Vocabulary If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I truly enjoy words. Selecting the right word can add color to a description and clarity to a position, and in some cases both. Over the past four years, my vocabulary has expanded into topics and areas that I would never have considered part of life in the United States, let alone any vernacular. Sure, I'd heard some of these words from time to time, but infrequently, such that I had no true familiarity with how they would be used to describe or identify... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Open Window
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Pitted Cherries ©2020 Claudia Ward Cherries have always been just for eating on a summer day, especially at the beach, but things changed when I read a recent blog post from David Lebovitz about Cherry Jam. Simmering Cherries for Cherry Jam ©2020 Claudia Ward Lebovitz has been involved with food his entire life as a cook, a baker, a food blogger and cookbook author. In the beginning, he spent nearly thirteen years at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in California. He moved to Paris in 2004 and has written nine books, my favorites of which are The Perfect Scoop (all about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Open Window
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The New Normal "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" and the need to create a new normal during this pandemic has led to some inventive and entertaining solutions. Outdoor dining is now "de riguere", with sidewalks and parking lots being converted to "patio-dining". Backyards have become gardens where one can relax in the fresh air and enjoy a cool beverage. "To Go" is now the thing to do with pick-up services having fancy titles like the Butcher Shoppe and Curbside Kitchen despite the backdoor delivery. "Cocktails to go" are even permitted with one restaurant loudly advertising in every window the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Open Window
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Peony 2011 Claudia Ward When I first thought I'd like to seriously focus my energies on photography, I fell in love with the Flower Photography of Sue Bishop. To this day, I will say her images are some of the most beautiful I have seen of any subject, ever. I devoured her book Digital Flower Photography, envying the ethereal effects she's able to create. That was soon followed by her Photographing Flowers, and then Color Light & Composition. I encourage everyone to check out her image gallery on her website (click here). I spent hours, days and weeks practicing -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Open Window
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4th of July 2020 Style Growing up the 4th of July was my very favorite holiday. It was so original and festive on Cape Cod. The parade down Main Street started the day off, led by our own marching band dressed in red band uniforms with navy piping and out in the very front was the band leader dressed in white and a topcoat all trimmed with gold braid and carrying a marching baton. He was our own Music Man. The parade had a theme every year and businesses in town would create a float matching the theme. At the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Open Window
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Jellied Consommé Madrilène © 2019 Claudia Ward As the temperature rises, we all migrate toward anything iced or chilled - iced tea, ice cream (of course), chilled vichyssoise, and chilled jellied consommé madrilène. My father loved all of these: iced tea with fresh mint, ice cream - chocolate & vanilla especially, chilled vichyssoise with a sprinkling of chopped fresh chives, and jellied madrilène with a squeeze of lemon juice. I posted the recipe for the jellied madrilène last September but am so excited that it's that time of year again, I'm sharing it here once more. If you're interested in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Open Window
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I have tried over the last ten years to make this blog primarily subject oriented: photography, food, travel, and living, and the latter was loosely defined. It truly depended on what was passing through my mind: thoughts of relatives who have passed on, the differences in taste buds (savory vs sweet), perspectives (normal and unusual), .... just aspects of every day living. I tried to keep my personal thoughts on politics, economics, religion, social justice or injustice, and democracy out of this small blog, but it becomes harder and harder, if I want to write at all. I am ashamed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at Open Window
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Main Street - First Day of Summer Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Open Window
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Blooming Gladiator Allium © 2019 Claudia Ward The Gladiator Alliums planted in front of the Sag Harbor Historical Society fascinate me in their various stages of growth and development. Giant Allium Mid-Bloom © 2019 Claudia Ward These perennials begin with planting their large bulbs in the fall. Gladiator Allium in Mid-Bloom © 2019 Claudia Ward They bloom in the late Spring and early Summer and can be 3-4 feet tall and have blossoms that are 6-inches in diameter. Giant Allium in Full Bloom © 2019 Claudia Ward Easy to maintain, Gladiator Alliums thrive in direct sunlight and good drainage, and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Open Window
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With all the shortages we're experiencing, one has to be creative .... so when I couldn't find any frozen puff pastry at the supermarket recently, I decided to see how hard it would be to make my own. (I wanted to make Ham and Leek Empanadas, and puff pastry wraps around that yummy ham and leek mixture perfectly.) Well lo and behold, it's really easy, and I'd even say fun. Only four ingredients, the same that I use for pie pastry, and a slightly different treatment. Making Puff Pastry I used my Cuisinart to grate the frozen butter, (first time... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Open Window
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Any photographer will tell you that photography is all about the light. In fact, the word is derived from the Greek photos ("light") and graphe ("drawing"). Spotlight Refractions in the Fog © 2020 Claudia Ward One morning this past week, it was quite foggy which did little to nothing for my sunrise images. On the way home, I pass a golf club that happens to have a small pond just off the first tee. It's often quite still and becomes a rather enchanting reflection pool. I pulled in the driveway at the off chance that this might be the case... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Open Window
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May 2nd 5:48:32 a.m. May 2nd 5:48:44 a.m. I recently posted a photograph on Facebook and was blown away by the response there was too it. I had more likes and comments on it than any other image I've ever posted anywhere. (Photo is shown below.) I love the image as well but the response made me think. My husband is a photographer too and I always show him the photos I take in any shoot. I appreciate his experience and his eye, and have learned a tremendous amount from him, photographically-speaking, over the years. So I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Open Window
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Graduation Mortarboard 2020 marks the 50th year since my classmates and I graduated from High School. Where did the time go?! Sadly our reunion had to be cancelled because of COVID 19 and is now tentatively rescheduled for Spring 2021. In preparing for reunion, the organizers were very creative and thought it would be great fun and interesting if the class created a year book for this semicentennial event. They created a small questionnaire to help direct our thoughts which we could use or not, as we wished. I found the questions unexpectedly thought provoking. I responded to the questionnaire... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Open Window
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A Placid Morning Moment ©2020 Claudia Ward Placid: "... serenely free of ... disturbance". When I read the dictionary definition of the word placid, I knew it was a perfect description of what I so appreciated about this early morning moment. While our days are so crammed with almost nothing but disturbing disturbances, I yearn to have and to hold on to a moment or two "serenely free of disturbance" and I am determined to have them. We all should seek them out and cherish them when they happen. Small jewels in time that no one can take away from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Open Window
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Raindrops © 2020 Claudia Ward “Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual." Edward Weston I have enjoyed this quotation since I first read it years ago, probably because it seemed to give me license to do what I often do naturally, photograph something simple in a different light, manner, angle - the way it caught my eye and imagination. We've had a lot of rain recently and the raindrops made this fascinating design on our newly cleaned patio table. I love the shapes but I particularly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Open Window
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April Sunrise © Claudia Ward 2020 Ever since I was young, my favorite time of day was early morning. The peace and quiet is unequalled and there's anticipation in the air. Of what? We never know, but in my opinion that's one of the joys of life. At sunrise, while others are still lost in slumber or just beginning to climb out of the comfort and warmth of bed, you can find me in one of my favorite places, the beach. Watching the sun rise out of the ocean is never boring and trying to capture the magic of those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Open Window
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"It's Scary Out There" Peter and I saw this image on television yesterday and it struck both of us as a picture of how we feel these days ... and we expect many others feel the same. It's scary out there! For a population that's always in motion and busy interacting with one another for employment or entertainment, coming to an abrupt halt is painful, and if the halt is not startling enough, seeing no true end in sight is scary for some and downright terrifying for others. The good news, if one can call it that, is that this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at Open Window
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Celebrating the New Year © 2018 Peter Tooker Here's hoping for a peaceful year for us all. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Open Window
Please confirm if you have received this. My "links" broke and I think I've fixed them. Claudia Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Open Window
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Barbie Reading a Book © 2019 Claudia Ward Sitting in the sun on a chaise lounge yesterday afternoon, I suddenly noticed the distinct shadows my hands were making on the woven material I was sitting on. A Cranky Codger © 2019 Claudia Ward Being alone (and never bored), I began playing and thus these characters were born. The Patient Pup © 2019 Claudia Ward I hope you find them as entertaining as I did. A Happy Hippo © 2019 Claudia Ward If you don't, you may question my sanity. But really, tell the truth, what do you see? The Thinker... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Open Window
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I published this on Open Window last September. I don't think most of you saw it at that time, so I'm re-posting now. Early Morning on Kellis Pond © 2019 Claudia Ward It's been a remarkable week and even a couple of weeks. Perfect weather. Lumber Lane © 2019 Claudia Ward Cool "sleeping weather" at night and beautiful, dry, sunny days. Sagg Pond © 2019 Claudia Ward I've had to dust off the trusty, rusty, photography skills to memorialize these days. Foggy Sunrise © 2019 Claudia Ward I love the variety. Sagg Sunrise © 2019 Claudia Ward I hope you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Open Window
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Jellied Consommé Madrilène © 2019 Claudia Ward Growing up I recall my father enjoying a chilled bowl of Jellied Consommé Madrilène with a squeeze of lemon on hot summer days. In those days, and in our house, soup came from a can and this one was no exception, although this can was refrigerated before serving up its contents. Back then, I seem to recall the label reading "Cross & Blackwell". Recently, I transferred my paper recipe box to Pepperplate, my online recipe box. Amongst the cut out recipes I found one for Jellied Consommé Madrilène from an unidentified source. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at Open Window
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I can't help myself. The produce we get all summer at our local farm-stands is simply irresistible. Strawberries in the Spring, lettuces of all sorts, corn, peaches, and, of course, my beloved tomatoes! I not only love working with these incredible ingredients in the kitchen, but I adore photographing them as well. Strawberry Gazpacho with Garlic Croutons This Spring I filled our freezer with Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Sorbet, and Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (my favorite), and scooped them on top of a Strawberry Lime Crostata every chance I had. When I saw a recipe for Strawberry Gazpacho with Garlic Croutons... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at Open Window
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It will be a very long time before anyone forgets the name Dorian and it’s been said that the National Hurricane Center will most likely permanently retire the name Dorian from their 6-year rotating name list. This monster storm was named on August 24th and passed by us on the east end of Long Island two weeks later! Moving at a glacial rate, Dorian destroyed the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, threatened Florida, unleashed a barrage of tornados in the Carolinas, and flooded poor Ocracoke, after which it kindly accelerated brushing the East End with only 7-10 foot surf. Thinking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Open Window
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September 11, 2001 was a beautiful post-Labor day with clear blue skies, a feeling of normality and security, and the wonderful joy that a fast-approaching Autumn brings. September 11, 2019 is a beautiful post-Labor day, with serious questions about normality, strong feelings of insecurity and only a cautious optimism about the coming season and those beyond. As most who have ever read this blog know, I was downtown on 9/11. We'd just two months earlier moved downtown to an apartment, in a converted insurance company building, roughly 3-4 blocks east of the trade center, and I worked at One Wall... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Open Window