looking for the right adjective
this sumac leaf feels so expressive to me. but i am having a hard time finding the right word to define the somber mood. meloncholy. forlorn. surrender. concession. loneliness. help me out here…what do you feel when you look at this image? whatever the word, i find it hauntingly beautiful.
sumac leaves in autumn
in december, i will be doing two workshops at the minneapolis institute of arts in conjunction with their current botticelli exhibit. the botticelli exhibit is a big deal, with 12 of his works on loan from the uffizi gallery in florence, the largest exhibit of botticelli works in the u.s. history. in preparation for my workshops, i have been doing a deep dive into all things early-renaissance. so, when i just now googled “harlequin pattern” i was not at all surprised to learn it originated in renaissance italy.
autumn burning bush leaves
p.s. these are the same leaves i posted a few weeks ago that i called jujube leaves–because of their bright candy colors. i tucked them in a book for good keeping. and yesterday they fluttered out onto my lap. muted. moody. and even more delicious than jujubes.
stepping from one season to the next
gently falling snow all day today. over 2 inches. i looked ahead at the forecast, and i don’t think this will be the snow-that-lasts-til-spring. snow that lasts until spring is my personal official first day of winter (not december 1st, nor december 21st). i don’t think we are quite there yet, we are on the cusp. these autumn colored leaves were on the skirt of me garage, so instead of getting buried they got only a soft dusting of snow. providing for me the the perfect symbol of this seasonal transition.
snow covered autumn maple leaves
bits and baubles
going to have to clear the dining room table soon to make room for thanksgiving dinner. all this will swept up and put back outside. i do not mind these clean sweeps. after the holiday, i will start gathering again, bits and pieces from my walks. and it will all look very different.
late autumn nature bits
more alike than not
some nice near-symmetry in these tall grass seed heads.