more than one way to skin a cat

i haven’t done this very often, but these goatsbeard parasols are from the same plant i posted yesterday. behind the scenes, i quite often have between 2 and 5 variations on the photo i choose to post for the next morning’s still blog image. in almost every case, i pick one, or call my family over to help me narrow it down to one, and that ends up being the one and only version of the photo i post. but often it’s so hard to choose between the final two, that really they might as well be of equal value. part of me decided to post this follow-up to give myself, and maybe some of you, permission to love not just the impeccable first-place winners of your portfolio, but also the imaginative runners up, and maybe even some quirky and imperfect bronze medal winners. maybe it’s time to embrace the whole podium.

goatsbeard seeds

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

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  • Carol says:

    This one is brilliant

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  • Susan says:

    I’m very pleased that you decided to share this one. It’s quite lovely!

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imperfection again

there are any number of fluffily perfect goatsbeard globes around me this time of year. but in the same way that i prefer the beach battered feather to the crisply perfect feather, i prefer the rain bedraggled goatsbeard to the perky big-haired head turners.

goatsbeard

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

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the life cycle of the musk thistle

when in doubt, put it on a grid: still blog rule of thumb #763.

these thistle heads made for such a gorgeous instagram photo yesterday, all piled up and showy, that i thought i’d link to that as well, for your viewing pleasure: enjoy.

musk thistle flowers

Hwy 280 on ramp, saint paul, minnesota

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  • erica says:

    I love the humble provenance of these beauties. It’s all about context.

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grandma’s wallpaper

why this pattern? why crown vetch? why repeated and not alone? why so much negative space? i have analyzed these questions pitilessly, and come to a deeply reasoned conclusion: because pretty.

crown vetch

saint paul, minnesota

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  • Dede says:

    It’s perfect!

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  • I hope this means some wallpaper is on its way??

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  • Carol says:

    Wallpaper, gift wrap, duvet cover ……. All of the above and more

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°°°   •••

if there’s an answer, it has something to do with recognizing the little bit of you that is always a part of me. and the little bit of me that is always a part of you. this is true of everyone in the world. peace be with you all, without exception.

two red oak leaves

saint paul, minnesota

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