photosynthesis

 when i photographed this i didn’t know quite how much the center of this ring would resemble the sun. but the symbolism works. green chlorophyll sucking light from the sun, and photosynthesizing madly. it’s how the world goes round. or something to that metaphorical effect. ok time for bed now.

day lily leaves

saint paul, minnesota

  • Lisa says:

    It’s beautiful!

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unexpected connections

i just realized that the leaves above look exactly like cannabis, the skull could be a death’s head, and the redbud blossoms are the color of roses, and so i have unwittingly photographed a tribute to the grateful dead, a band i did not follow or even particularly like. no wonder artists get misinterpreted sometimes. sheesh. and no, “sheesh”  is not short for hashish. it is merely an exclamation. sheesh, you guys!

raccoon skull, red bud buds, and japanese maple leaves

saint paul, minnesota

  • suzanne says:

    i’m so happy to have found you and your blog. you are a breath of fresh air and creativity. and funny!!

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all about me

today i had local tv station KSTP over for a visit and an interview on my deck. we talked about STILL blog, and my journey from being a mom with an itch to earn a place at the online creative table to having product lines at two national retailers. it was a total blast, but i’m not good at talking about myself this much. it totally tires me out. it reminds me of the line from a distant acquaintance of my husband’s who used to interrupt long monologues about herself by saying, “but enough about me, what do you think about me?”

buse variable feather

autignac, france

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a thoughtful gift

friends of mine kept this palm-sized giant water bug in their vehicle for several weeks, waiting until we would see each other again and they could give it to me. they loaded and unloaded the car several times, protecting the insect inside a duct tape roll so that it wouldn’t be damaged. aw guys. it’s soooo pretty.

giant water bug (lethocerus americanus)

minneapolis, minnesota

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may day

we’ve had a couple days of rain this week, and it seems as if overnight our world is once again green. shoots shot up, trees leafed out, and buds burst. this is typical for this time of year, and it’s one reason that may day is one of my favorite days of the year. the other reason? well, may 1 was my father’s birthday, or more precisely, the day on which tradition dictated that we celebrate his birthday. he was born on a farm with with dirt floors, in a small rural village in northern romania. his mom, my beloved grandma eva, didn’t recall the exact date of his birth, she simply remembered that it was spring sometime. so we chose may 1st as his birthday. it was appropriate, therefore, that today, in keeping with the family tradition of auspicious may 1 happenings, my daughter eva accepted her admission to stanford univeristy, exactly 81 years after the day on which my father may or may not have been born on a dirt floor in beba veche, romania. happy may day, my romanian father. my american dad. my papa.

daffodil shoot

saint paul, minnesota

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  • What a lovely and tender blog and photos. I love your story about your dad and your daughter. I was introduced to you by Erin Boyle’s blog. Lucky me!

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  • Carol says:

    This is really beautiful. Congratulaions to eva !!!

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