yesterday, today, and tomorrow

yesterday, today, and tomorrow

This daffodil bud photo I made today won’t win any awards, but in contrast to yesterdays photo it does help me illustrate my enthusiasm for these transition months (April and November). Such visible evidence of where we were and where we are heading are everywhere right now. Soon the foliage will be too dense to pick out such things. And soon enough we will be between two different seasons, talking to us in their own idioms about the future and the past.

daffodil bud

  • Old Lady Gardener says:

    This bud is so eloquent in its simplicity! It is subtle in a way that dissipates when it opens.
    So excited! Magers &Quinn has shipped your book and I can hardly wait for it to arrive!!

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on nostalgia

on nostalgia

I always get a little nostalgic for the season that has just passed, no matter how tired I was of it at the time.  I picked up this end-of-winter stem on my walk today. Spent. Tired. Wind blown. Done. It’s evocative of how I was feeling just a couple of weeks ago. But here we are, on the brink of greening. Living with the seasons–noticing them tip-toe in, fully express, and then quietly die back–if one of my great pleasures in life. In my book, I talk about the 72 microseasons of the North. I love every one of them. Like children, I don’t really have a favorite and can’t imagine life without any one of them.

over-wintered garden stem

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spring clean up

spring clean up

I know I have told you how busy I am with my book launch. And yet, I can not resist doing a day of my usual spring clean up. It’s 70 degrees and sunny, the birds are singing, and the emails can wait. I am sure a lot of you think of spring clean-up as necessary drudgery. But I love it. I think a lot of northerners love it. After four months of being mostly cooped up inside, spending a warm afternoon outside, pulling back the leaf litter to reveal a million tiny shoots of new-growth green is intoxicating. Everything is charged. Electrified. I can’t let it slip by.

lichen covered branches

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passing through

passing through

Our migrating birds start to return in March, peaking about now. Many pass through on there way further north, but several stay. Unfortunately, this junco ended his journey here.

Are you familiar with the Merlin app? I am a huge fan. Here’s what Merlin said was in my yard just this week: junco, red-winged black bird, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, canada goose, mallard, black-capped chickadee, robin, blue jay, cardinal, house finch, song sparrow, red-bellied woodpecker, goldfinch, grackle, nuthatch, crow, swamp sparrow, pine siskin, sandhill crane, wood duck, tufted titmouse, white-throated sparrow, red-shouldered hawk, pileated woodpecker, eastern bluebird, turkey, loon, bald eagle, barred owl, and great horned owl.

junco

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hiding in plain sight

hiding in plain sight

I made this simple woven mat a month or two ago. Ever since it has been sitting on my desk. I liked it too much to toss it, but I had no real use for it either. So there it sat. Then today, out of nowhere, this composition popped into my mind. And I was smitten anew. Damn, I love STILL. Truth be told, I am so busy with speaking gigs right now, that I am having trouble fitting my daily STILL image into my schedule. On a perfect day, I like to get myself in a calm, zen-like, place when I am doing STILL. But lately, I have too many deadlines to be zen-like. The fact that I am making images at all, and not breaking the chain, is the most I can expect. Transcendence is out of reach. And yet, in all the haste, I was able to make this simple and pleasing image today. The power of dailiness still blows my mind.

woven grasses and dried hydrangea florets

  • Old Lady Gardener says:

    It’s clear that STILL is a meditation for you, which you desperately need at this time in your life. It’s hard being famous:)) This composition is simply a delight, as are you!

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