Thanks to a Julia Child Independent Scholar grant that I won from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a few years ago I spent a month in France researching a topic close to my heart: the culinary impact of European colonialism on modern food habits. The Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris intimidated me, its … More Triumph


Split open a red cabbage, an onion, an apple, a tomato, an orange – in those doubles, you see Life’s twofoldness. The left hand, the right hand. Rank’s Doppelganger, Jung’s Shadow. Yin. Yang. Two parts make a whole. Photo 101 challenge, day 19 © 2014 C. Bertelsen


This morning I woke to see the first snowfall of the year. The pristine whiteness always soothes me, but in the thrill of seeing snow once again, I remember that winter will stay on and on, like an unwanted guest, creating an edginess hard to escape. Photo 101 challenge, day 18 © 2014 C. Bertelsen


  Through a glass darkly, dreaming of the day when I could eat at the venerated Tour d’Argent. “When I first knew the Tour D’Argent it was a plain place with a wooden floor covered with sawdust, but it was none the less a temple of gastronomy, for it was presided over by old Frédéric … More Glass


Say the word “treasure” and images of jewel-laden pirate chests might dart through your mind. But in this world, treasure takes many forms. As for me, I have much treasure, but my most precious treasures illuminate this post. For how does that verse go? “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Photo 101 challenge, day … More Treasure


Landscape photography, made popular by Ansel Adams, portrays the natural world and the vastness of the universe all at once. Almost all landscapes evoke, for me, a sense of the mystical undertones of existence. Photo 101 challenge, day 15. © 2014 C. Bertelsen


  Swarm: To move somewhere in large numbers. Yes, I know – haystacks don’t move. But these resembled a line of musketmen, emerging from the forest, ready to take on come what may. Photo 101 challenge, day 14. © 2014 C. Bertelsen


The passing moments of life, so many, only when we reflect do we see them for what they are. © 2014 C. Bertelsen