mediterranean blue

it had been two years since we’d laid eyes on the mediterranean. but as we approached the spanish/french border on our way out of barcelona, there it suddenly was, off to our right, as if it would always be there to offer its mallard wing blue as a pleasing contrast to the green of the pyrenees looming over the coast.

mallard feathers

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

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if it grows together, it goes together

steve was recently asked to write a piece about wine pairing, and one of the rules of that minor art is “if it grows together, it goes together.” in other words, food and wine from the same region usually pair well with each other. i’ve decided that rule can be expanded to include color palettes. have you ever looked out on a summer prairie, or a late autumn woodland, or a winter wilderness lake, and thought, “those colors. ewww. they don’t go together at ALL?” i rest my case.

bits and pieces of russet and brown

saint paul, minnesota

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  • So true! Can’t wait to see what you find in France. I love that country…been five times and will never tire. I still have my chestnut burrs I found on a cycling trip from 15 years ago. Enjoy!

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my crumpled heart

making arrangements to keep a complicated life from collapsing on itself while you’re out of town has gotten to be more work each time we’ve tried it over the last six years. this time almost undid me. i thought we had already done much to reduce the complications of our late middle age. but we have not done enough, clearly. still the only thing that made me think twice about leaving was the face of jack the puggle in the window as we pulled away from the house. i almost stopped the cab and told the rest of the family i’d see them when they got back from france.

heart shaped (catalpa?) leaf

saint paul, minnesota

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  • Rebecca Michalski says:

    Thank you for sharing your writing and photography talent — I’m not a full-time follower; but, when I do tune in your observations, life path and photos speak to me. May your European experience be grand and your return travel safe.

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one flight at a time

we are relocating to France for five months, and i will be either en route or recovering from jet lag for a few days. your regular morning still blog programming should proceed without interruption, and i can only hope we’ll be able to say the same about delta airlines.

my growing egg collection

 

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  • papelhilo says:

    welcome to France (but you may know it as well as I do, at least this part of the south, as I live more in the north) I hope you will enjoy your autumn there !!

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  • Dede says:

    Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! What a remarkable adventure.

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  • Have FUN!!

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  • Lisa says:

    After this picture, you have to read “Scrambled Eggs Super” by Dr. Seuss. Have fun in France!

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  • Eliabeth says:

    This goes great with the nest condo!

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black and white and gray

when my husband and i met, i was a black and white person, and he was a gray person. i was an engineer, he was a language major. i knew there was a right answer, he suspected there were many answers. i could balance a checkbook, he could balance angels on the head of a pin. black and white. and gray. there were times when it looked like it might be a very strange and lumpen joining of two lives. but we blended into each other enough that it looks a little bit like this feather now. different and the same all wrapped up into one. almost as if it was meant to be.

mallard feather

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

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  • papelhilo says:

    your texts are always so full of emotions … I love this one (and btw we are just the same as a couple my hubby and I !)

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  • LKBachman says:

    I love this…. it is my husband and i too

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