getting attention through misbehaving

this is the kind of end-of-winter bouquet i can only assemble after a mild winter. normally, these slender stems would have been bent and broken under a several feet of snow.  but this year, we were spared that, and so these delicate structures are still standing tall facing the sun. i gathered this bouquet on one walk with my friend kristin. we walked, and talked for about and hour, and i occasionally stepped off the path to grab another stem. eventually she asked how i decide which stems to grab. “i go for the unruly ones,” I said. “the ones that look like they’re misbehaving.”

a winter bouquet of assorted wildflower and weed stems

grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Cathy H. says:

    Beautiful bouquet! I love your theology of gathering!

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studio lighting

first, let me say that I am sorry (kind of) for my april fools joke yesterday, but let me also say how touched i was by those of you who had minor panic attacks at the thought of STILL blog going away. i love thinking about all of us sitting at our desks in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea, looking at STILL blog together. i’ve talked a lot about community on this blog, and you are about the best community, digital or IRL, that i could imagine. as for today’s image, it was an apple blossom in a perfect organic garden, below a perfectly pruned carmel valley vineyard, in perfect california light, on a perfect warm spring morning, before a perfect drive down the pacific coast highway. my daughter has narrowed her college choices down to only california schools as of this afternoon, and i think that’s just about a perfect decision.

apple blossoms

carmel, california

  • Tracy Klinesteker says:

    Well, good luck to her and I wish her success wherever she decides to go to. I completed all my education in CA and regretted none of it. She will learn a lot and have fun too.

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moving on

hi everyone. well, i knew this day would come. i’ve just been so overwhelmed with the rest of my life that this daily obligation to arrange and take a photo has become too much for me to fit in. it was a great run while it lasted, and i’m sure something interesting will follow, but for now, i feel i have no choice but to say a sad and loving goodbye to STILL blog. thank you for a wonderful 4-plus years. by the way, you may want to check your calendars, and also read the next line.

april fools. see you tomorrow.

wisteria seed pods

shoreview, minnesota

  • Lisa says:

    You got me!

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    • Dede says:

      what a way to start April 1! now i am on my game. thank you so much for all you hard work and wise words-well most of the time!

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  • Barb says:

    OK, you made me fall off my chair ;)

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  • Sara says:

    Brief moment of panic. Was sipping first cup of coffee as I read and caffeine had not yet made its presence known. And to think I woke up thinking of the date and wondering just how many ways I would be punked today. First tally goes to you.

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  • Cecelia says:

    I’ve only known you for about a year and was feeling panic-y thinking of all the stillblog I would miss. happy it’s just a joke, you funny girl.

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  • Carol Ann says:

    I was starting a panic attack even though I knew the date – you little devil you !!!!!

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  • Tracy Klinesteker says:

    Almost gave me a panic attack! Don’t do that!
    Glad I kept reading though. Whew!

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  • Ellen says:

    You scared me.

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  • Brigitte Fisher says:

    Fooled Me! Glad it was April 1st.

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calder kelp

i have decided that alexander calder modeled his mobiles after haphazard arrangements of california giant kelp. prove me wrong.

dried giant kelp

pfeiffer beach, big sur, california

  • Lisa says:

    That DOES look like Calder!

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emigrants

monterey pines are native to a tiny strip of coastal california that just happens to be some of the most beautiful country in the world. they are also the most widely planted pine tree in the world, having found their way to chile, australia, and new zealand as plantation trees. apparently, they didn’t get the memo. nobody leaves the central coast of california. you don’t emigrate from there. you immigrate to there. come on, pinus radiata. snap out of it.

monterey pine (pinus radiata) pine cones

big sur, california

  • John Forsman says:

    Are you ‘still’ in the Monterey area? I have some friends you might like to meet there. They have a nice ranch in Carmel Valley, and their family dates back there to the prePebble Beach founding. Actually, their family built the Del Monte Lodge and the two golf courses there. -John Forsman

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    • Hi John,
      Aww shucks, we are back in Minneapolis. We were in Carmel for three nights, staying at the Carmel Valley Ranch. I would have enjoyed meeting your friends. Darn, missed opportunity! There may be more chances in the future though as our daughter is seriously considering going to college in northern California. Fingers crossed.
      –Mary Jo

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  • Ann says:

    So grateful that was a joke. Love the beauty you gather and offering each day.

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