creativity on demand
my assignment today was to create a STILL blog image from scratch while being filmed by a local public television station. at some point being creative on demand is about recognizing what you’re already good at and scaling back to those skills you know you have. spring foraging knowledge? check. finding colors that play well together? check. balancing a composition? check. awareness that circles are almost always interesting? check. from there it was like riding a bike . . . to the store. riding a bike to the store. it was not like riding a bike into the alps during the tour de france. but it was a very complete and satisfying ride to the store.
spring assemblage: jack-in-the-pulpit, ferns, apple blossoms, lilacs, day lilies leaves, violets, spruce tips, linden bracts, clovers, dandelions, wild geranium
happy birthday to me
today is my 54th birthday. i am spending the day on the “wrong” side of a camera–being filmed by our local public television stations, TPT, for a series they call MN Originals. i don’t have any explosive insights on my 54th birthday. my life feels a little bit like today’s photo, full of a lot of beautiful pieces, held in a messy kind of order that i enjoy looking at when i have the time to step back and take in this satisfying composition made up of imperfect pieces.
dried bits on my studio table
about the time that the hosta begin unwinding their spiral shoots is about the time that our house becomes less a solid thing with walls that mark inside and outside, than a sort of gazebo where air and wind and leaves and pollen and animals (including human animals) mingle and pass from (sort of) indoors to (sort of) outdoors and back again. as much as i love summer generally, i might love it most specifically for the way our dog moves from his front stoop blanket to his rear deck sheepskin, all day long, feeling privileged and secure and never feeling the urge to run away.
structure and minimalism
as someone interested in minimalism, i love to see young pagoda dogwoods sprouting in the woods around our house. they always mean that i will be seeing the simple structure of their shelved branches for years to come. they are one of the few trees to emphasize (like frank lloyd wright’s prairie style) their horizontal lines.
pagoda dogwood leaves (Cornus alternifolia)
knowing the source
i would feel a little bit guilty about posting this photo of these gorgeous variegated trout lilies, if i didn’t know that they had been harvested on private land, by one of the most knowledgeable and conscientious local foragers in my entire state. because, let’s face it, these things can grow colonies that last up to 300 years. and although they are edible, they are maybe more beautiful than they are edible. and the older i get the more i lean toward favoring beauty over utility.
trout lily (Erythronium americanum)