This is a still life that I kind of shot on the fly this past Sunday evening after we finished dinner. I noticed a few rays of the setting sun were peaking through the kitchen window at an oblique angle (the kitchen window faces due north) and illuminating a small area of the kitchen countertop with a warm reddish glow near where we keep a few miscellaneous kitchen items. Inspired, I grabbed the camera and snapped a few still lifes of the warmly lit items. The decoration on the wall is a grape vine stencil that my wife had painted over the marbled paint when she redecorated the kitchen a few years ago (the stencil matches the pattern on our china and kitchenware, in case you didn't notice). I found it interesting that her grandfather, who was born in Italy, grew his own grapes and made his own wine, so I wonder if that influenced her choice of kitchen motif. Almost all of the rooms in our home have a decorative stencil that she painted on the walls to give it her personalized touch. After the grapevine stencil, my favorite are the butterflies that are painted randomly on the walls and ceiling of our daughter's bedroom.