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annual visits

if you look closely, you will see little shreds of fluff still clinging to this fern stalk. that’s the down that covers the fiddlehead when it first emerges. these ferns grow just outside my husband’s office window, and every year in may, hummingbirds come to visit the ferns to pluck this fluff from the fern stems and carry it back to line their nests. i think if he saw it every day for an entire year, steve would still come running up the stairs each time to announce that the hummingbirds were back outside his window, making their beds.

fern

saint paul, minnesota

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high contrast

this was a little forgotten corner of a photo shoot, as part of a new project i will be working on for the next few weeks, or possibly longer if all goes well. this time it’s a collaboration, and a rich one, if the early results are any indication. my instinct to shoot in flat light with no shadows was rewardingly challenged by my collaborator, and the friendly creative clash threw off some beautiful debris.

mini-pineapple flower

florist bought

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happy birthday to me!

i am in marfa, texas, today for my 52nd birthday with two girlfriends i have known since my undergraduate days at uw madison. here’s to long life and to lifelong friends. ill take as much of both as the universe decides to grant me.

peony buds

saint paul, minnesota

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  1. hh, you’re a child of may, too ;-), like me… have a good time with your girlfriends, and a long life. mayflowering sunday greetings to you – ghislana

  2. Tracy Klinesteker says:

    Happy birthday. May you have many more creative days ahead filled with love and family.

  3. Carol says:

    Happy anew Year to you and thank you for all the beauty you share

  4. Dede says:

    Enjoy this special day for an amazing, talented, artist, philosopher….

  5. Gin says:

    HBTY! Thanks for the beauty you share with us daily. On a side note, these look like dahlia buds to me…

  6. Carol says:

    After wishing you a happy birthday (new year) it struck me that you could be my middle child. My son is 55 and my daughter 48 – you would fit nicely in there. I would be as proud of you as I am of them.
    Have fun, Marfa is such a great and interesting place.

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protectiveness

i had to choose between this photo today and another possibly more artful lily of the valley photo that included the entire plant from roots to the top of the leaves. that one held my interest, but this one engaged my emotions. i like how the leaf appears to be shielding and protecting the delicate white flowers. if i tell you that we just lost another chicken today, and that we brought her into our house to die comfortably on a towel over the heating vent in the floor, you might better understand why i was vulnerable to the the protectiveness of this leaf, and the short-lived beauty of those little bell-shaped flowers.

lily of the valley

saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Carol says:

    Very beautiful….and beautifully said. So sorry.

  2. Susan says:

    I am sorry about your sweet chick. You’ve no idea how much I needed to see this photo today. The moment I looked at it I felt a weight lifted. Thanks.

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out of my element

i don’t own a tv. i couldn’t tell you what’s on a single channel right now, or at any point during an average day. i suppose in the morning there are probably some morning programs, and in the evening there is the evening news, and in prime time there is quite possibly something called prime time television. don’t press me any further than that. i got nothing. given all that, i have no idea what i was doing this afternoon at 3:00 pm, but apparently, i was on tv. a local station, KSTP, came out to film an interview about me, and about still blog, and about target and west elm, and they aired the episode today. when steve called me over to take a look at the clip, i felt a certain amount of dread. if hell exists and i end up there some day, i imagine it will be an eternity of watching myself on film. but i have to say, they did an absolutely brilliant job of capturing our family, or life here on turtle lake, and the spirit of this quirky, elusive project called still blog. and they did it somehow in four minutes of video. i might even have to admit . . . no, i can’t . . . ok, yes . . . i might even have to admit that i’m . . . a little . . . yes . . . proud of it.

you can take a look here.

remnants from a photo shoot

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  1. Lisa says:

    That was cool!

  2. Sheryl C says:

    You have every reason to be proud – I’ve enjoyed your blog for about a year now and am thrilled that your creative efforts are putting some change in your pocket! Really well done video.

  3. Gin says:

    Indeed, you are allowed to be even more than a little bit proud, so puff up a little, gal! I don’t own a TV either. We’re missing mostly nothing.

  4. Dede says:

    amazing! what a wonderful tribute to an inspiring artist. i love the art, but also the sense of humor and the philosophical musings.

  5. So enjoyed the clip! I don’t watch TV either so I totally relate! Like others…I’ve followed you for a couple of years now and you are ongoing inspiration in my little world! Thank you! Wonderful too to see your family!

  6. Brigitte Fisher says:

    Loved the clip! I look forward to your blog everyday so It’s great seeing you live!

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