a small beach

okay, this is it, all my rocks in one place.  i have been sorting, gathering, organizing–collecting my collections.  most of these rocks come from the north shore of lake superior.  but some of them, i recognize, came from various beaches in brittany and languedoc in france.  right now it all sits in the middle of my living room floor where i set up for this photo.  i will need to find a proper home for them.  eventually.

atlantic ocean, mediterranean sea, and lake superior beach rocks

 

 

  • Edwina says:

    I am so glad you have decided to keep on with your blog. It certainly brings stillness and awe into my life.

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    • still says:

      Edwina-
      What a lovely comment: stillness and awe. I love it. Thank you!
      Mary Jo

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baby birds

my eye has been wandering to all the seed clusters that will soon be covered up with green foliage.  i like the grays and browns of winter, i think it is my favorite palette.  but by march even i am ready for a break.

this came from a landscape planting beside my dentist’s office; i don’t know the name. it will be easier to identify in two months.

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    aren’t those beautiful imagery

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    • still says:

      Thanks Margie! The number of overcast gray days we are having this winter are creating a nice soft light to work with. I am liking the effect as well.

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monk’s tonsure

when you live in a very cold climate, winter survival often becomes the only defense mechanism you need.  in complete contrast to our mediterranean environment in southwest france, very few  plants here have thorns, and very few of our bugs are poisonous and, well, we simply have very few reptiles, poisonous or not.  so although this looks like a crown of thorns, it is merely a ring of beautifully gnarled and stunted little twigs, from a land of very short growing seasons.

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i love all the ephemeral art you are creating these days

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from florida to france

for a land-locked girl in the center of a large continent, i sure have a lot of seashells.

almost all of these shells come from one of two beaches:  north captiva island in florida on the gulf of mexico, or the long beach between marseillan plage and sète on the mediterranean coast of france. happy places.

 

  • margie says:

    i feel the same way about the number of sea stones i have collected over the years )

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two generations

i found this azalea with last years leaves and this year’s buds striking; the curled green-black leaves a perfect contrast to the hopeful golden buds.

from beside the back door to my mom’s house, saint paul, minnesota

 

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