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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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pinches

how much do these goats beard buds look like fingers pinching little hidden gifts that they are about to release. i guess that’s exactly what they are doing.

goatsbeard

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

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sensitivity

i don’t like the image of the tortured artist. it’s never made sense to me. i’ve always felt that art was usually best created from the perspective of sanity and a certain stability. on the other hand, i do feel that artists and creatives are well served by an enhanced, almost painful sensitivity. look at how much more vulnerable these rose petals are where the outer petal has been torn away. the veins look more prominent. the surface more velvety and vulnerable. more easily torn or damaged. that is how i feel sometimes. the world can be too noisy, too abrasive, too coercive. i feel i need to be the lower half of these petals in order to be myself, but i also need to create and defend a place that doesn’t require me to grow calluses in order to defend myself from the intrusiveness of my surroundings.

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  • Lisa says:

    Yes. Exactly.

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four-leaf clover, three-blade maple seed

i’ve decided this unusual, triple-bladed maple seed samara means good luck. i haven’t decided what form my good luck will take yet. maybe it’s just the symbol of all the good luck i’ve already had over the last year, and i should just shut up and be grateful. on the other hand, our 11-year-old car really does need to be replaced…

unusual maple seed with three samaras

saint paul, minnesota

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  • Mikko says:

    Nice photo. I found one of these today. I wonder how rare are these maple samara with three seeds. Googling found me only this page.

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collect, sort, photograph, repeat

a photo every day can sometimes amount to drudgery. it may look a little bit glamorous, but so does raising a child, when you don’t have to account for all those diaper changes. it’s easy to say that the discipline of the process is its own reward, but sometimes the discipline is just discipline, like running 5 miles again today, or doing another 25 pushups. today was one of those days. i looked at my husband at about 3:00 pm, and asked whether he had any ideas for still blog. he sort of drifted away and never answered. and i didn’t have any ideas either. so while i’m not claiming that this is one of my most inspired posts ever, i would say that the ratio of end quality to original inspiration is as high as can reasonably be expected, 4 years and 5 months into this project, which is to say, 1,623 images after my first post, on january 1, 2012.

rose petals, bleeding heart, red bud, forget-me-nots, creeping charlie, lilac, juniper berries, iris, wild indigo

saint paul, minnesota

  • Dede says:

    Amazing! A study in purple.

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  • Kate Minor says:

    I love it. I can relate to your feeling-you expressed that really well in your writing. Despite that, you created yet another lovely image.

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