fierceness

the sweeter or juicier the fruit, it seems, the thornier the branch. this bristly, spiky gooseberry cane is ready to defend the tender berries it will grow next year. i still have a mostly guileless, sensitive boy on my hands, despite his recent eleventh birthday. he still worms over onto my shoulder while he reads himself to sleep. He still reaches for my hand when we walk, and he likes to wander dreamily around the back yard. he still kisses us goodnight with unselfconscious, pooch-lipped pecks. there are times when i feel like a gooseberry branch, needing to be a little bit extra fierce to protect my tender fruit from the forces of the world that would pluck him before his time.

american gooseberry cane with peeling bark

grass lake trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    such sweetness and love

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  • Bryant says:

    Great blog you have here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours
    these days. I seriously appreciate individuals like you!
    Take care!!

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heartwood

the years were hard on this oak limb, and it survived in the shape of a heart, with a little hole in the middle that the world couldn’t see.

oak limb cross section

saint paul, minnesota

  • I love heart shapes in nature.

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  • Traci says:

    a new favorite!

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  • Celia says:

    Beautiful!

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  • LW says:

    and that tiny spec of bark to the left…true love indeed.

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negative space

yes i see the satisfyingly mounded texture of the curled and gripping oak leaves. but i can’t help also seeing the negative spaces between the leaves, and for some reason, i mostly see mouths. they are grinning, gaping, smiling, moaning, smirking, singing, and gasping in horror. they have very crooked teeth, when they have teeth at all.

curled november oak leaves

grass lake trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • betsy caldwell says:

    “Great minds think alike.” I clicked on StillBlog, as I do every morning, and thought, “Hmmm, negative space is nice in this one.”

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when busy energy gets channeled

i was faced late this afternoon with a choice between a simple photo of a single branch of interestingly textured oak leaves, or an ambitious photo involving patterns and shapes and several pints worth of dried sumac leaves crumbled and ground in a mortar and pestle. i had about 45 minutes to do one or the other. we have been particularly busy lately and sometimes when you have a lot on your plate it is actually easier to take on an ambitious project. for whatever reason, my husband said he liked the sumac leaf idea, i looked at the clock, and thought, “bring it on.”

crumbled leaf matter

saint paul, minnesota

  • Charo says:

    Bonita y confortable alfombra de hojas.

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  • Carol Sommers says:

    Totally Terrific !!!

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  • Dede says:

    Thank you for reminding me that in a busy life taking time for an ambitious project is possible!

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shredded time

i read a book recently about how our time gets shredded into confetti, and that we all actually have much more time than we think, but it’s divided up into tiny, sometimes useless increments. i have been feeling this way, lately. despite having decent time management skills, and despite having a list of things i would really like to do, i find myself dodging distractions and demands on my time almost daily: light social invitations, oil changes, software updates, driver’s license expiration dates, vet appointments, pop-up ads, mailing list reminders, and prescriptions at walgreen’s. sometimes i feel like this feather. i just want to stand on a beach for a while and preen.

beach feather

either grand marais, minnesota or sète, france

  • tinajo says:

    This is a beautiful pic :-)

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  • Claudia says:

    Some days I don’t know what I like more, the picture or the details..

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  • Andrew Lewis says:

    We have a query concerning the piece, where am i able to make contact with the creator?

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  • margie says:

    i hear you girl

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  • LW says:

    i’ll stand with you and promise not to talk while we watch the tide together…onward, my friend.

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