1 of 72 seasons

1 of 72 seasons

there are supposedly 72 japanese microseasons, which i have written about before. i love the idea and believe it is a very STILL blog compatible way of looking at the evolution of the year. i am declaring this the season of khaki colored oak leaves, to be followed shortly by the season of the oyster mushroom, to be followed by the season of the putting to bed of the winter beehive. i can keep going if you want…

pressed young red oak leaves

 

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pleasantly surprised

pleasantly surprised

i was truly phoning this one in. this was a “what do i have around the house” collage, and i played with the elements a little bit dispiritedly  for a while, and then suddenly i was looking into my viewfinder at this arrangement, looking like a tropical still life, and like something painted, and at the same time like something out of a slightly faded,  illustrated 1930s edition of islands in the stream, and i wanted to be on a veranda somewhere, sweating in 90 percent humidity, with a rum drink at my wrist, and maybe some bonito ceviche with garlic and lime and onion and coconut milk, while my kids went snorkeling in the surf, and my husband puffed on a cigar and made scintillating conversation.

pressed leaves: anthurium bloom, money tree leaf, and variegated rubber tree leaf

  • Carol says:

    This gorgeous photo makes me think of beautiful 1940’s dresses my mother wore. They were made of some sort of crepe like material. Thank you for the memories

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  • Carol Sommers says:

    This beautiful photo takes me back to the 1940’s dresses my mother wore. I loved them so, they were made of some kind of drapey crepe fabric. Thanks for this memory

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    • Thank you Carol,
      Your comment inspires me to make a pattern with this image, and get it printed on crepe. What a great idea! Thank you.
      Fondly, Mary Jo

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  • Charlotte says:

    This reminds be of a host of different plants dancing together in the Fall sunshine. Thank you for a very interesting Esperance and that you have the same last name of my maiden name Hoffman.

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    • Thank you Charlotte née Hoffman, Welcome to STILL! xoxo Mary Jo

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building inventory

building inventory

i try pretty hard to avoid using clichés here on STILL blog. i don’t do hearts filled with pink and red flowers, or smiley faces with daisy eyes, or rainbows of flower petals. but today, working toward building an inventory of holiday images for a project i hope to share with you sometime in the next year, i told myself it was okay to make a variation on a clichéd image as long as the variation itself was something a little bit new. ok, let me have it…

eucalyptus seeds, juniper, bush rose stem, cedar, crabapples, red pine needles, twig

  • k bergman says:

    Love it!

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  • susan vonderhaar says:

    Brilliant. Love it.

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  • Suzanne says:

    I love it. As always, simple and immediately heartwarming.

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interwoven

interwoven

i found some comfort in this image today. i thought about all of all the variations on the human creature that could possibly have been, and how much alike we ended up. as if these leaves could have been the whole spectrum and instead chose their wildest variations to be simply a lighter or darker shade of yellow or gold. it reminded me that we are more alike than different. and encouraged me to think that we will fit ourselves back together someday, maybe even sooner than later, when this particular human cycle has had its turn on the wheel.

collection of yellow autumn leaves

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vocab test

vocab test

question: are the sharp, needlelike growths sprouting from the joints of this twig: 1) thorns, 2) spines, 3) prickles, or 4) trichomes? (FWIW i haven’t been able to figure it out, and i’m really anxious to hear from you…)

(unidentified) stem with thorns

  • Ginny says:

    Ok, I fell for it and went right down the rabbit hole! Interesting journey, for sure. I, like you, have no idea, but I think that in order to determine the answer you ought to first determine what the plant is. And is this really a vocab question, or a science question? Anyhow, I learned something new, thanks MJ!

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