same same, but different

a collection of shells i brought home from our favorite beach at sète.  all the same species, with variations in color and age. conch? murex? triton? little help?

sète, france

 

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reverse erosion

i picked up my camera to go look for today’s inspiration, and discovered it right in front of me.  my son joseph had made several atmospheric cairns on the dining room buffet to serve as mountainous landscape obstacles for several tiny ninja characters…

lake superior beach rocks

grand marais, minnesota

  • janine says:

    love this perspective with the stones –

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  • Sian says:

    That sounds familiar! : )

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  • margie says:

    i will have to gather some stones from there myself one day

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    • still says:

      margie,
      grand marais on lake superior is one of my favorite places on earth. if you ever want to road trip from toronto, i will meet you there and we can spend a weekend hiking the superior national forest and combing the northshore beaches of lake superior! grand marais is accessible from thunder bay if you wanted to make it a road trip. just planting seeds :-)
      mary jo

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eye of the needles

i love the color of blue spruce.  i have loved it ever since childhood.  we had one in our yard when i grew up.  the blue spruce is not native to minnesota.  it is a rocky mountain tree.  but it’s a popular horticultural plant,  so we have lots of them around.  the silver-sage colored needles are a welcome variation on the sometimes monotonous green palettes of both winter and summer.

saint paul, minnesota

 

 

 

  • margie says:

    so creative how you photographed those beautiful needles

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  • janine says:

    very nice, reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy’s work. Google him if you aren’t familiar with him, you will love his work.

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  • Tracy Klinesteker says:

    I love the color too. It’s a lot like the color of Restoration Hardware’s “Silver Sage” wall paint, of which I have all over my home. Something about the “softness” of the gray in the green.

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a winter palette

it finally warmed up enough to get out with the dog for a long walk.  we have had a lot of snow recently, so there is a clean white backdrop to everything.  this collections of twigs was easy to assemble.  it only took a few minutes.  managing the dog with an arm full of twigs, however, was less easy.

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    love the different colours of twigs

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paper architecture

a close-up of the scalloped siding of our neighbors’ summer house. think of all the dedicated and anonymous labor.  i don’t know whether the leaves grew through the nest, or the nest was painstakingly built around the stems of the leaves. but either thought fills me with wonder.

our driveway, saint paul, mn

  • margie says:

    it is just amazing either way , isn’t it

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