little bat wings
each time i look at this composition, the first thing that jumps to mind are spindly little bat arms stretching out their wings of skin. i can safely say i have never associated star fruit with bat wings before in my life, and may never do so again.
this jicama root surprised me with the delicate gradations of its coloration. i have associated jicama with bland, white, and slightly crunchy rectangles to be dipped into something creamy and eaten along with raw carrots, broccoli, and green beans at summer parties. i did not know it could impersonate phases of the moon rendered in rice paper.
jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus)
p.s. today is my husband, steve, and my 31st wedding anniversary.
i love these lacy lotus root slices and this particular pattern, but i just realized i could have tried to make a lace collar in honor of justice bader ginsburg and now the current pattern feels like a fatal lack of vision. rest in power, rbg.
lotus root (lotus rhizome)
what if the best legacy is to disappear? not to leave behind a big imprint on the world, but, like these leaves, to be colorful and necessary for a time, and then to become part of the earth again, with no one to remember us, but having done no lasting damage?
crushed fall leaves
ghosts of zucchinis past
these are the ghosts of all of the zucchinis that have grown in insanely abundant midwestern gardens late in the year after everyone has already gotten sick of zucchini. on earth, they were neglected and abused, allowed to wilt and shrivel. but in the afterlife, they are pale and plump and beautiful.