in the wings

in the wings

the oranges are gathering in the wings, peering around the curtains at the gathered crowd, waiting for their cue to burst onstage and be the stars of the next few months before the snow flies.

mountain ash and lilies

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unrelated but related

unrelated but related

so what does a beautiful blue spike of salvia have to do with an eames lounge chair? nothing at all except that we had the opportunity to see both of them this afternoon. in the midst of a re-envisioning of the interior of our house just now, we went to look at a used 1987 eames lounge chair at the home of a charming woman in west bloomington, mn, who also raises seven different kinds of native milkweed from seed each year, and who drew my attention to this gorgeous blue salvia in her front yard just as a bee landed on one of the petals. of course, we bought the chair.

blue salvia

bloomington, minnesota

  • Ginny says:

    Gorgeous annual salvia and great focus on the sweet little hoverfly. Your images are always splendid, but I’m still not sure if I’m enjoying your ‘dark phase’

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    • Hi Ginny, that makes you and me both! I am going to see through my year of commitment. But I am anxious to get back to white! I miss it more than I thought I would.

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the rules have changed

the rules have changed

my husband and son brought this plant home from a trout fishing expedition. hey, we have a plant for you to photograph, they said. so i brought out my 4×4 black tagboard and a camera, then watched them drag a six foot tall plant like a lacy bamboo tree out the hatchback of our car. well, i thought. the rules have changed. fortunately we just painted the exterior of our house black. so i had steve stand like a sentinel with his right arm extended horizontally, holding a plant as tall as himself, as i snapped a few dozen photos of this freak of nature.

wild angelica

 

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tiling

tiling

as a former aerospace engineer, i see this fish and i think about the space shuttle. that’s totally normal, right? i mean the fish’s scales shed water aerodynamically (sorry, i mean hydrodynamically) in the same way that the space shuttle’s tiles used to shed the 2300 degree F heat of re-entry. its all just good engineering. we as a species are very good engineers. but you know who is a better engineer? her name is evolution.

loup de mer (mediterranean sea bass)

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that kind of mood

that kind of mood

what i first saw when i picked these bee balm flowers were the tonsured heads of monks, with bald heads and rings of hair. that analogy is a stretch, i see now. the heads are too small, and the hair too long and colorful, unless this was a particularly punk rock order of monks. maybe i leaped to the image so quickly because i have been feeling an urge to go monastic myself lately. we are trying to put our thumbs in all the little holes in the dyke, and yet the news and the distractions and the streams of unhelpful data keep leaking in. maybe i need to shave my head, and declare myself the abbott of a new sect. everyone welcome. no phones. one daily walk required. creativity encouraged. silence until dinner. then we all talk until late. follow me, my children…

bee balm (monarda)

turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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