throw your hands in the air

throw your hands in the air

so i gave my creative mornings talk this morning, which i wasn’t dreading in any way, but which was a source of anxiety. and then this afternoon, i had to go to the hand specialist to have a monstrous sliver removed from my palm (like 2-3 inches long and completely embedded). and that was a source of absolute dread. so now i’m just home from a beautiful dinner with my family and a good friend, and it’s all behind me, and i feel like this jack-in-the-pulpit, with my arms thrown wide in relief and joy. now i’m going to sleep for about 12 hours, and then i’m going to start soaking my hand in epsom salts. so it goes…

jack in the pulpit seed head

turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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cold fire

cold fire

these smoke bush leaves were probably around 60 degrees fahrenheit when i photographed them. but i love the illusion of light and flame they give, on this day so close to autumn’s first real chill. this morning i’ll be giving a creative mornings talk at the minneapolis institute of art. it will be a supportive crowd of fellow creatives, but i have to say, i could use a little courage from the flame at the center of this photo. may it light my way, and more helpfully, may it speed me through 100 slides in 25 minutes! see you all on the other side…

smoke bush leaves in full fall color

minneapolis, minnesota

  • ksb says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  • Dede Bliven says:

    Amazing! You are the light for so many of us. I wish I was within a five hundred miles to hear your talk-I’d be there!

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    • Thank you Dede! I’m giving you a big virtual hug right now, in thanks for your warm and constant love and support.

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  • Margaret McInerny says:

    Well, the flame within this smoke bush really did the trick cause, woman, you were on fire this morning. I just soaked it in. Thanks for a great start to my morning. I was able to say howdy to your mother on the way out. Also — I’ve always wanted a smoke bush in my small urban yard and this just sealed the deal.

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    • It was so great to see you yesterday, and to feel your addition to the beautiful energy in the room. Thank you for being there, and good luck recapturing your routine in Italy.

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  • Dorothea says:

    So beautiful indeed … Annoucing autumn in midsummer :). It’s fascinating to see how the next season is always hidden in the current and sometimes, just within a day or two, it becomes so obvious that it’s just around the corner …
    Your arrangement reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy’s work, he’s a Scottish land artist (you’ve probably heard of him). Here’s the trailer to a documentary about him, “Rivers and Tides”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3lveJmjY8
    Greetings from German summer,
    Dorothea

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  • Dorothea says:

    So beautiful indeed … annoucing autumn in midsummer. It’s fascinating to see how the next season is always hidden in the current and sometimes, just within a day or two, it becomes so obvious that it’s just around the corner …
    Your arrangement reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy’s work, he’s a Scottish land artist (you’ve probably heard of him). Here’s the trailer to a documentary about him, “Rivers and Tides”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3lveJmjY8
    Greetings from German summer,
    Dorothea

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  • Brigitte says:

    Love this photo…it is beautiful!

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portrait of a date in time

portrait of a date in time

i’m still fascinated by the idea that if you could take in enough sensory data in nature, including the temperature, the terrain, the angle of the sun, the relative development of the various flowers, trees, vines, mushrooms, nuts, berries, grasses, and leaves, you could predict the date to within, say a week. in that spirit, here is a portrait of august 23, 2017, in my backyard.

bits and pieces of nature gathered on august 23rd, 2017

turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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grounded

grounded

we’re just starting to see the first ragged formations of canada geese pass overhead in that heart swelling way they have of moving through the sky, announcing the changing of the seasons. i wish this beautiful fellow were joining in the migration.

canada goose feet

turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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old friends

old friends

i invited a gathering of old friends into my living room today. they didn’t say much. we mostly just sat there, and i thought about where i’d first met each of them: california, minnesota, florida and southern france. then they went back into the basement. it was a good reunion. full of orderly silence, and quiet meaning.

pinecone collection

united states and france

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