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
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.
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
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
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