la saison est arrivée

la saison est arrivée

how do you capture the abundance of lilacs? answer: you don’t have to. everyone knows lilacs. or has a notion of purple fountains in their head. but few people knows the lilac floret. now you do. welcome to the crowd. we are few, but mighty.

lilac floret and bud

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my thoughts sometimes

my thoughts sometimes

there are days when ideas seem to come fully formed, and i just let them lead me in the right direction. then there are days when life drops a pile of feathers in front of me, and says, “make a duck.”

mallard duck feathers from one bird

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fernbrain

fernbrain

fernbrain is an overlooked symptom of coronavirus. to be precise, it is not the virus itself, but rather a syndrome facilitated by coronavirus quarantine. the symptoms include: long staring at fern patches, long staring at parts of your yard that do not contain ferns, impulsive fern dividing and replanting, hyperfocused fern watering, wandering in circles monitoring fern health, anxiety at the approaching end of fern transplant season, excessive photographing of ferns and fern parts, occasionally sitting bolt upright in the middle of the night shouting the word, “ferns!”, and, in its final stages, furtive stroking of, and in extreme cases, talking to, ferns you have come to think of as friends. wait, what was that? water? i’m coming honey! hang in there!

ostrich fern fronds in early spring

  • Mary Ann B says:

    Mary Jo, you not only have a talent for beautiful photography but also the gift of words, and putting them together in so many creative ways. This morning was perfect & totally made me laugh out loud. I’m still smiling as I type this. This is what I look forward to every morning. Thank you . . .

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may madness

may madness

channeling my inner karl blossfeldt while i indulge my fascination with ferns.

emergent lady fern fronds

p.s. i am 99% sure these are emergent lady ferns, but if there are any fern experts out there who could either confirm or deny, i would greatly appreciate it.

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fern-mad

fern-mad

i have spent the better part of the last two weeks moving ferns around in my yard. i am obsessed. ten days ago i tripped over a computer cord (we have three students in the house doing distance learning) and i either broke or seriously jammed my big toe. so, the bulk of my obsessive digging up and transplanting of heavy shovelfuls of dirt, has been performed with a strained toe. did i mention i was obsessed?

by the way, i am sure i have at least four types of ferns in my care, the four in this photo–maidenhair, lady, sensitive, and ostrich. and i have a keen eye on few strays that i think might be cinnamon ferns. i love my charges.

ferns: maidenhair, lady, sensitive, ostrich

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