from flowers as from the landscape

from flowers as from the landscape . . .

. . . the color has begun to fade. rich summer greens are fading to  colors, which will retreat to brown after they have come to rest on the ground. what is left will be the gray brown stems and trunks of plants and trees, the gray-white of snow, and the pale blue of winter skies.  a new winter palette, that this hydrangea seems to see coming already.

october hydrangea (hortensia)

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october 14

october 14

the earliest snowfall on record for minneapolis minnesota is august 30. which means that an october 14 snowfall is actually totally normal. it’s totally, totally normal. just totally normal. totally, totally  normal. totally . . .  just normal. totally.

snow covered pin cherries leaves

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looking closely

looking closely

sometimes i get feedback from people and its clear they think that i’m doing something very skilled or out of the ordinary in the process of gathering STILL blog images. but really, it’s just a question of looking closely. i’m not saying that’s easy. it’s like meditating. it’s not complicated. it just takes attention and practice. my husband particularly liked this image. he watched this flower turn from an orange flame to this wilted rag. he said he would have left it there. he never would have looked more closely to see those rusty orange and lemon yellow highlights on the wilted petals. it was a kind of compliment, which i accepted gladly. looking closely is not a broadly marketable skill just now. i’ll take all the compensation i am offered.

dried blanket flower bloom (rudbeckia)

  • Marian says:

    Well, wow—great commentary on this flower. I forwarded your page to a friend commenting to her that it felt like I was opening up an art book, when I flipped through the latest BH&G. Stunning work and I love how amenable your family was to your curiosity—regarding home decor.

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    • Hello Marian,
      I cannot tell you how much this comment made me smile–likening the BH&G feature to opening an art book. Thank you.Thank you.
      And thank you too for the nice words about my family, I think they are pretty cool too.
      xo, Mary Jo

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living with a writer means taboo words

living with a writer means taboo words

there are a lot of words to describe the simple beauty of this coneflower stem. unfortunately i am married to a writer. and so, almost every descriptive word i turn to first is on the steve hoffman list of banned adjectives. it’s stunning. nope. can’t say stunning. it’s amazing. nope. can’t say amazing. it’s lovely. nope. can’t say lovely. it is engaged in a graceful dance… nope. can’t say dance. there is an awesome power… nope. can’t say awesome unless you are talking about a god or gods or the majesty of nature. it gives me all the feels… nope. can’t ever, ever say all the feels, and in fact, that does it. you’ll be hearing from my attorney in the morning, and i want custody.

cone flower in october

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freefall

freefall

it appears we may go straight from the green leaves of summer to bare winter stems without a transition this year. i’m seeing a lot more fallen green on the ground than yellows and oranges on the trees so far. and this morning, in my back yard, it snowed. it was a very unsubtle hint. you can do better than this, mother nature.

maidenhair fern frond (dried)

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