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hidden depths

this was a perfectly ordinary grayish-tan duck wing feather sitting on my desk until i got up to pour myself a cup of tea, and from an angle about halfway between sitting and standing, in the light from the glass patio door, it suddenly turned into a multifaceted steel gray, caramel brown, ivory white, iridescent greenish-black gemstone of a wingfeather. by the time i was standing up straight, it was a perfectly ordinary grayish-tan duck wing feather again. it was sort of like seeing your nerdy, greasy haired high school classmate get up on stage for the talent show, and stare through his bangs at the keyboard while he plays a note-perfect rendition of scarlatti’s sonata in d major, before slumping back into his folding chair in the audience. after i got my tea and returned to my desk, i made this feather play scarlatti one more time for all of you.

mallard wing feather

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Breathtakingly stunning – like a sudden rainbow in the sprinklers

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between the coffee shop and home

today i wondered how much color i could find growing along the one-mile stretch between the coffee shop and home. the answer was very nearly ROY.G.BIV (i don’t really see any blue in there). what i love about this photo is that if you asked anyone what the colors were along that stretch of private road, county road, city road, and private driveway, the answer would have been “green.” all it took was a little time and a little attention to call forth this much color from a familiar and overwhelmingly green mid-summer landscape.

late july flowers: a mix of wild flowers, weeds, and garden flowers

shoreview, minnesota

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jacks

don’t these eucalyptus seed pod patterns look like jacks? remember playing jacks when you were a kid? all we need is a rubber ball and a kitchen table. i’m not competitive at all. truly. but i’ll kick your ass at jacks. not in a competitive way. just in a completely humiliating-to-you way that has nothing to do with my being competitive. at all.

eucalyptus seed pods

big sur, california

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  1. Susan says:

    Wow. These are fascinating! I loved the way they surprised me when I scrolled up to see what you had for us today.

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  3. Ellen says:

    A driveway and a rubber ball.

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heat dome

today the sun felt like a heat lamp. it felt like putting your face over the burner of an oven. it felt like sitting too close to a campfire. it felt like too much time in a hot shower. it felt like being locked in a car on an asphalt parking lot. it felt like these feathers, turned toward the heat, with no means of locomotion.

mallard duck feathers

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

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a well appointed home

i don’t know, honey. should we get the mini starfish or the mini sand dollar? you’re right. ok, now does this sea glass work in this room, or do we need to go with a shade greener? and that eucalyptus seed pod. too much? too graphic? too exotic? should it be an acorn instead? something a little more local and authentic? i know, but it’s just so GOR-geous. i just think i want it. how much? what? oh dear…

bird nest with travel treasures

minnesota, france, and florida

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  1. Cathy H. says:

    This is wonderful!! Love your “home”, your collection, and your words!

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