The first time I saw star anise was on a photo by Lou Manna (a beverage shot, I believe). Then, I used it in a photo for Astor Chocolate. What a great little spice…great texture, great color, great shape. So, when I passed a spice store on my way home from a wedding in Connecticut, I picked some up. A fun shot to do…and smells good too.
On a different note, the contest for Jersey Shore restaurants is still open but, moving slowly. Any restaurant in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic or Cape May county can register to win a free photo shoot. See the application for details (http://www.photography-by-jerry.com/contest). Even if you’re not interested, spread the word!