david lynch

david lynch

this was part of a green potted palm in a bright, innocent corner of a stone-walled courtyard in sunny southern france. then this particular frond dried up and died, and i took its portrait, and somehow it took on all the surreal menace of one of those moments in a david lynch movie just before something horrible happens. looks like i need to get back to spring blossoms.

dried fan palm frond

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monopods

three multiheaded alien birds with one foot each and spindly toes, raising their wings a little bit in mild dispute about who smells sweetest. the answer: they all do.

lily of the valley

turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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everyone has a least favorite

one of my husband’s least favorite plants is spirea. i didn’t know that when i grabbed this cascading tumble of delicate white flowers from my mom’s side yard. then i worked with about a dozen different variations on this photo. submitted them to merciless photoshopping, hated all of them, worked with a different set of photos, didn’t love them, went back to one of my original photos that i didn’t like at first but which grew on me. and now, spirea is one of my least favorite plants too.

bridal wreath spirea

saint paul, minnesota

  • Limner says:

    My comment disappeared!!! It wasn’t offensive. It was honest. I will try again.

    Your photograph of the spirea is one of my favorites here.. You have an unusual composition that catches the eye, draws the viewer in, and it holds one’s attention just long enough to elicit admiration–coupled with wonder. And here I sit, writing a second opinion. I like.

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home

organized. minimalist. geometric. understated. utilitarian. natural. with a view. in a word: home.

wasp nest

turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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civic duty

i picked this prairie grass stem on my walk today, mostly because the zippered seed head caught my eye. however, part of the mission of  STILL blog is not just to display, but to identify, the flora and fauna that appear each day. so when i got home, i sat down at my iMac and got to work. i knew it was one of the many tall stem prairie grasses, but i didn’t know which one. i searched every reference i could think of…indian grass, bluestem grass, switchgrass, bottle grass, timothy grass. after many dead ends, i finally landed on foxtail barley grass. i am pretty sure that is what i have here. but i’m not entirely certain, because, as vast as the internet visual library is, it seems photographers have only wanted to photograph this plant (backlit) in its full feathery late summer glory. (google it. you’ll see.)  so, i feel as though i am performing a minor civic duty by posting to the internet a foxtail barley grass seed head before it opens. internet, you’re welcome.

foxtail barley prairie grass

rice creek, saint paul, minnesota

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