Red Stripe Sunset

There’s a barn nearby that I’ve affectionately called Red Stripe over the years after the Jamaican beer of the same name. It could be the dead of winter but driving by and catching sight of the metal roof’s single painted red line out of the corner of my eye brings me back to island time, calypso music and an icy Jamaican brew. The sunset was exceptionally fierce the other evening so I thought I’d try to capture the warmth and wrap it around me like a thick blanket. Is it me or does the sun sink at hyper speed during the cold months?


This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Lost in the Details. I decided to follow the advice of guest blogger, Christopher Martin and place the camera at a low angle. I used Camera+ and the Lone Star effect to give the scene the feel of the prairie in the picture below.  I loved everything about it but the freezing temps I had to endure wandering around in only a sweater. Jamaica here I come…

One of my favorite writers on WordPress, Valerie Davies, often closes her post with instructions for a favorite recipe. I like the homey transition from story to a personal moment, and thought I’d try it here. I’ve linked her name to a favorite post, “Books and Real People,” which I think you will enjoy.

Try adding 12 oz of Red Stripe beer to the number one googled beer bread recipe in the world.  No kidding.  But make sure you sift the flour, I heard this is key to a delicious and hearty bread. Gently mix 3 cups of sifted flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt (omit bp and salt if using self-rising flour) 1/4 cup of sugar, with a 12 oz can of Red Stripe or other beer. Pour into a greased loaf pan, drizzle 1/4 cup of melted butter over mixture and bake 1 hour in an oven heated to 375 degrees. Remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes. You can dress up this bread by adding your choice of cheese or herbs to the mix. Delish when eaten with hot soup.


73 thoughts on “Red Stripe Sunset

  1. Elisa, what a gorgeous post… wonderful old barn – what atmosphere, and what beautiful countryside…loved the fence and the snow, and the colours, made me want to turn it into a home!
    And thank you so much for your kind words about my blog… I shall be trying your recipe with our own brand of beer this end of the world!


  2. Beautiful photos, Elisa! Is that the real color of the barn, quite striking! Love the play of shadows on the second photo, and I can feel the warmth of the sun.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe, something to try this weekend 😉


    1. Thank you, and yes, that is the real color of the barn. I decided to experiment and try the sunset “scene” mode on my Nikon, I’d never used it before. When I saw the result I remember thinking, whoa, that’s a beautiful magic. I have to give most of the credit to the sun, though!


    1. Yes! When I use my Nikon pictures in my iphone apps, I have to send them to my email. Then I open my email on my iphone, save the images to my photos, and then upload them to the app. Kind of a pain, but it’s worth it sometimes! Camera+ is one of my favorites. 🙂


  3. I adore all of these pictures. So, so beautiful, and I definitely think you captured the warmth. The “Lost in the Details” photo is amazing. But that first picture, of the door from the inside, is my absolute favorite. So, so, so spectacular.


  4. Yah Mon! Deh first photo Mon makes me wanna sing like Marley, dance like a Rasta, and feel Irie! “Man No Sober” unless you be “Jammin” more with dat camera…the many weeks spent in Jamaica rebuilding resorts from Hurricane Gilbert damage never once showed me a Red Stripe barn…untill now 🙂 l like this post…Mon.


    1. Prince Marley? Not Scottish but Jamaican, mon!
      Loved that you were part of the rebuild of Jamaica after the storm. You must return and find that elusive barn with the wide red stripe. It’s there, I tell you!


  5. These are beautiful. I love old barns and when mixed with natural lighting, it is a perfect combo. I especially love the curved fence shot. I love the point of view and the way you sepia toned the image. Very nice/


  6. LOVE these photos, beautifully done and I can’t tell you are freezing your butt off! Also love the Jamaican thought process, beer bread and yes, the sun falls like a rock in the winter.


    1. Well, hi and how the heck are you? Thanks for the visit and for the kind words of encouragement. I’m enjoying my blog these days, after a time of panic that it was encroaching my personal life, but thankfully I pulled back and found a balance. It’s all good. I’m going to stop by soon for a blissful adventure. Cheers!


  7. Elisa, I’m behind here. I posted the second one on my FB page. Michael saw it and said, “I know Elisa”! He is into the iPhone thing in a big way and is hosting a workshop in SF by Sam Hirsch on April 23. Your barn image is as good as it gets. What composition and processing! I love this one! I’m sure Michael was impressed as am I! 🙂


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