this feels wrong

this feels wrong

We are having a mild winter. That is an understatement. We are experiencing an abnormally mild winter. It is Feb. 13, in Minnesota, and we had no snow and temps in the low 40s. Our neighbors are tapping their maple trees. And buds are swelling everywhere I look. Today, on my walk I noticed lilac, elderberry, maple, willow, aspen, and poplar all swelling. This is about one month early. I don’t know if those buds will survive a cold snap which I have to believe we will still have. It’s going to be a very strange spring here in the North. This is a poplar catkin. It looks like a pussy willow, but it is not. It is a closely related cousin. These fur-coated buds will eventually elongate into the dangling catkins you have seen me post before–usually in April.

(male) poplar catkins in mid-February

  • Old Lady Gardener says:

    Soft cuddly grey at its subtle loveliest.
    We’re a full month ahead of schedule here in Maryland, too, and it’s worrisome! But early this morning Ma Nature dumped about 3″ of heavy wet snow on all the clumps of snow crocuses and snowdrops scattered throughout the garden beds and lawn. Yes, buds are swelling on many trees and shrubby plants here, too. Time will tell how this all plays out, huh?

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  • Susan L. says:

    Here in midcoast Maine I saw a Wooly Bear Caterpillar in my driveway today. This is ridiculous.

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3 of 3

3 of 3

Here it is, my final stage of deconstruction. I inadvertently did another see/re-see mini series. Clearly I have that concept on the brain. Im curious, if you look at the last three posts, do you have a style you prefer? Do you lean more towards the realistic or the abstracted?

crushed winter botanicals sorted by color

 

 

 

 

  • Gwen Walters says:

    I’m always impressed with your postings. Of these three I’m most drawn to number two. Your photos that turn me on the most are when you photograph a single object. The simpler the better.

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  • Old Lady Gardener says:

    #1 and #3 are a tie for me.
    I didn’t know you painted!!

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  • Linnea korinek says:

    I end up learning from and being impressed by both sorts of photos — the structured and the free verse. Keep on with every angle!

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  • Susan L. says:

    I enjoy your posts so much. In this case I prefer #s 1 and 3. Forgive me, but #2 makes me feel like I should grab my broom.

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2 of 3

2 of 3

a painter’s palette: 2 of 3. Isn’t this is an inviting palette? It’s making want to get my paints out. An afternoon spent pushing rich and creamy pigments across a canvas, with no concern about the outcome, is one of life’s great joys.

assemblage of dried botanicals

  • Margaret Rogerson says:

    I prefer number 2, it’s more relaxed than the other two

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1 of 3

1 of 3

The painters needed me take down some drying botanicals which were in their way. So, I simply moved them from the wall to the floor, and photographed them as today’s STILL. After I made this image, I began to deconstruct them and made two more photos. The 3rd was my favorite, but you will have to wait.

assemblage of dried botanical subjects

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50 shades of green

50 shades of green

Today the entire interior of my home was draped in plastic sheeting. Remember the tree that fell on the house in July? We have been putting the house back together ever since. We needed new roof rafter, new skylights, new shingles, new siding, new insulation, new ceilings,  and patched and new walls. We are finally at the point of putting the trim back around doors and windows, and painting out about half of the house. Repairs have been going on for two months. But today was the first time I was unable to get to my computer and my camera until late in afternoon (luckily painters start early and finish early). So, with just a few minutes of daylight remaining I reached for the potted geranium in the kitchen window. I didn’t know I needed this palette of various greens after all the winters browns and grays lately.

potted geranium leaves

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