i keep combing all of my beaches and sifting all of my quarries for a perfectly spherical stone, and i keep getting close but not quite finding the exact one, and i am torn between my disappointment in not finding perfection, and my relief at having an excuse to keep looking.
round beach rocks from lake superior
my husband and i teamed up on this assemblage today. i posted a time lapse video of the process on my instagram feed here. the point was to create an interesting assemblage specifically of dried stems and twigs, that gave the impression of a wandering river current, and that also created, as a sort of byproduct, some complicated, consistent, and interesting white space. i find the varied movements of this piece a little bit mesmerizing. i hope you do too.
bits and pieces of found nature
leaves, leaves, and more leaves
it is the time of year for brightly colored leaves, which is just about the time i start having second thoughts about all that color. the orange and yellow leaves are ljke the popular girls at school–all showy flirtation, but not really interested in sticking around. these leaves however are the real deal. they’ll be here in january. maybe even in april until the new buds burst and push them to the ground. they’re like your first girlfriend in college–the one who understood you. the one who laughed at your stupid jokes.
dried autumn leaves (unidentified)
i had a STILL blog image all ready to go tonight. it was getting dark and i had photographed a pretty beautiful golden colored fern, laid out more or less flat, but with some parts of the frond overlapping in a way that looked like kissing. i finished post-processing half a dozen images and then happened to go back into my bedroom where i had taken fhte photos, and suddenly, in the process of their dying, the ferns were full of life and personality, curling and cascading toward the ground so fast that i could almost watch the process unfold. it was clear a second photo shoot was called for, and this image is the delightfully unexpected result.
fall fern frond
i did not go for a walk today
i did not go for a walk today. instead i went to lunch with my husband. which means that the natural objects i found nearby (per the STILL blog operating manual), were a plate of a dozen oysters. Upon closer inspection (also part of the STILL blog operating manual), they revealed themselves to be both wildly more colorful than i expected and also confined within a single color palette. they displayed pearly interiors with shimmering nacreous spots. they existed on a spectrum from light sandy tan to dark indigo purple. in short they proved themselves worthy STILL blog subjects. and delicious.