an explosion of wool

i went to pinch off the tip of this cattail, so i could get a close up of the inside, and the whole head erupted on me.  cattail fluff everywhere. i mean everywhere. even the dog was sneezing. it was like bumping a pan of water that is just about to boil, and it bursts into a sputtering volcano. i shot this photo before i dared go any further, and while my vacuum cleaner still had a fighting chance at containment.

exploded cattail head in winter

from my yard, saint paul, minnesota

  • LW says:

    is it’s texture soft. does it break up so much it turns to dust? what about the ‘skin’ that contained it?

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  • lisa Jurist says:

    magical…

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a good year

  • Sarah Jane says:

    I found you via Martha, but live right in St. Paul. I’ve so enjoyed seeing your masterpieces from things right out our backdoor. Happy New Year!

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  • Janet says:

    Looking forward to where you go with STILL or just keep on keeping on with the same. Makes me have a smile to have found you.

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  • Ellen says:

    I will follow every day as long as you continue.

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  • LW says:

    I’ve thought about it too and most definitely you will not run out of nature. There will always be something new to see or some new way to share. Here’s to The Year Ahead 2014.

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  • Susan says:

    Life has been unsettled for a while. Viewing your photos is a way of meditating for me. I thank you for sharing them.
    May the New Year be peaceful for us all.

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    • Thank you all so much for the encouragement. I really enjoy doing STILL blog and I am so thriled that each of you come everyday to check in. It is a huge motivator, but mostly it makes me feel honored.
      Thank You All,
      Mary Jo

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  • Gail O says:

    I can no longer remember how I stumbled upon this beautiful blog which is Still but I am so grateful for this daily gift of beauty and inspiration. When I have tried to imitate your style I realize just how talented you are! Thanks you!

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    • Thank you Gail!
      By the way, I recently added a “techniques” page that you can check out if you’re interested.
      Thanks for visiting,
      Mary Jo

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dusty indigo fireworks

happy new year everyone! this timothy grass reminded me of fireworks, and seemed a properly still-blog-spirited send-off of 2013. which was a very good year for still blog, for me, for my family, and, i hope, for you.

timothy grass in winter

rice creek regional trial, saint paul, minnesota

 

 

  • Lynnae Burns says:

    Love your timothy fireworks….and yes, a perfect way to send off 2013. I am out the door now to find some new subject matter to start out the new year posts!

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random is just another kind of pattern

i started trimming all the little chicken feet on the right to make them into the pattern on the left, and then I looked and saw that they were both patterns already.

red osier dogwood

rice creek regional trial, saint paul, minnsota

  • Manisha says:

    I’ve been keeping an eye on the bright color of the dogwoods in my yard and trying to figure out how to take a photo, now you’ve gone and done a wonderful job! I recently discovered your site and took up your warm invitation to try a still. I’ve enjoyed it so much. You’ve given me inspiration to continue the 365 project into 2014. I’m in Minneapolis and so it feels especially good to see common sites of the region captured so beautifully in your photography!

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