Star anise, one of my favourite spices. I used them in a spicey strawberry sweet last weekend. Taken in natural light with a canon 450D and a canon 100mm macro lens. processed in cs4 and textures by flypapertextures
title from the Simply Red song
Star Anise
Chinese star anise is one of the most beautiful and fragrant spices in the world. The perfect 8-12 pointed stars are the fruit of the native Chinese evergreens, boasting a much stronger, sweeter and denser licorice flavor than the more common Spanish anise seeds. Make sure to cut back by ½ – 2/3 if you are substituting star anise for seed anise, as it is more potent.

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star anise, spices, stars, textures, still life

Almost retired,and a photography addict! I own a canon 7D and 5 canon lenses. I love playing in photoshop! I’m a fan of HDR if it isn’t too overdone.I also dabble in fractal art occasionally.

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Comments

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    brilliantly textured…well done sandra

  • Thanks very much

    – inkedsandra

  • patjila
    patjilaalmost 4 years ago

    My fave and instantly Sandra Star Anise, the lovely shape, the taste and the capture of it translates all so very good! Love to use it in orginal chinese meals! the famous five spices not out of one jar :))

  • Thank you…They smell wonderful and are so pretty. Nice to know you like them too.

    – inkedsandra

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Sandra, I wish I could find these here !

  • That’s a shame, they are lovely. thanks

    – inkedsandra

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work Sandra

  • Thanks Alex

    – inkedsandra

  • rosedew
    rosedewalmost 4 years ago

    Very, very lovely!

  • Thanks very much Rose

    – inkedsandra

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    These stars are stunning! Wonderful use of texture Sandra :-)

  • Thank you Carol

    – inkedsandra

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldalmost 4 years ago

    Your textures really enhance you already beautiful work. Thank for the tip on cooking with star anise!

  • Thanks..the spicey strawberries were lovely. I also used some cloves,cinamon,sugar and marsala!

    – inkedsandra

  • Bruce Jones
    Bruce Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome work Sandra…any taste samples of the strawberry sweet???
    Bruce

  • I’ll post you some!! meanwhile, this will have to do! LOL

    – inkedsandra

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonalmost 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks

    – inkedsandra

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful Work!!

  • Thanks Brian

    – inkedsandra

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