palm springs, day 1

palm springs, day 1

hey guys, i am on my way to palm springs, california for five days! my first vacation in two years. i am so excited for a change of scenery. i was happy to cancel everything and nest in 2020. but let’s face it, 2021 was a grind. while we weren’t technically sheltering in place nor quarentining that much in 2021, i was still being extra cautious because i was the primary caretaker for my 85 year old mom. so, 2 years in a very (geographically) small and prescribed routine has left me feeling very sapped of energy and inspiration. so, i am off to beautiful palm springs to go fill my well a bit. i am traveling light  this time (i.e. no camera equipment), so i have queued up five california desert-y STILL photos from previous years so you can continue to get your STILL fix each morning while i am away.

palm fronds

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what’s your love language?

what’s your love language?

are you familiar with the 5 love languages? if not, do yourself a favor and google it, and take the short assessment to see what your love language is. in my opinion, it is one of the more informative of all the personality tests. my love language is acts of service. of the five love languages, gifts ranks the lowest for me. so when my son and his girlfriend went for a winter walk yesterday to go feed the trumpeter swans and then carried home for me this cattail and grape vine sculptural art, i declared it the best act of service ever. was it a gift or an act of service you ask? knowing how inconvenient it is to carry delicate specimens home from a long walk, i am declaring it an act of service. thank you joseph and josie, it’s perfect!

cattail wrapped by a wild grape 

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finding color in winter

finding color in winter

the transition from gray to wine red on these branch tips is so subtle. i love the quietude of winter.

wild apple branches in winter

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the heaviness of light snow

the heaviness of light snow

i woke up to a forecast that said “light snow all day.”  for many days now, i have woken up to the light obligations of caring for an aging mother. no one day has felt overwhelming, but they have accumulated, like light snow all day on a head of pampas grass.

snow-covered pampas-like grass 

 

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oh, my poor house plants

oh, my poor house plants

i gave my monstera plant the STILL treatment today. monstera is one of the most beguiling leaves i know. as a result, it has been photographed to death. so, in an attempt to take a new angle on this beloved leaf, i gave it a little trim.  i hope i gave you a  small surprise this morning–seeing familiar subjects with new eyes is on of my goals with STILL.

monstera leaves

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