that’s interesting

a graduate student in france recently approached me to participate in her dissertation research. she ended up asking a number of remarkably insightful questions, including a question about how i choose which subject to photograph each day. i answered that the day’s subject must be either beautiful or interesting. today, i need not explain, i give you interesting.

water lily rhizome

vadnais lake, saint paul, mn

p.s.  this particular rhizome was the size of my arm, and each of those brown patches about the size of a human eye. and the clusters of smaller dark circles are where the new growth sprouts. there were dozens of these rhizomes floating on the shore this spring. i am not sure what brought them up from the bottom of the lake.

  • LaceLady says:

    I think this is one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen! thank you ever so much for the wonder and beauty you’ve given with this post!

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molted

it was the ruff of white down that caught my attention. our hens are molting, so i am guessing the geese might be too. i’ve decided that if each of the hairs on my body had a little ruff of white down around it, i would be better equipped for minnesota winters.

canada goose feather

sucker lake trail, saint paul, minnesota

 

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textured wallpaper

this tree spent its whole life feeding from the soil. now everything is trying to turn it back into soil.

poplar trunk with woodpecker hole

sucker lake, saint paul, minnesota

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minimalism in practice

one of the best pieces of photography advice i’ve received over the years was to “keep your verticals vertical.” here is a very vertical vertical with thanks to mark andrew at studio 306, who along with his wife and partner, leda zych, makes some of the most beautiful and quietly moving photography i’ve ever seen. see for yourself: http://studio306.com

a single trailside blade

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    good advice

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a picturesque invasion

i love the crusty seacoast texture of this colony of freshwater mussels, left on the shore by a fisherman who must have thought he’d hooked the big one for a few thrilling seconds. i can’t help falling for the barnacled pelt they have wrapped around this branch, although i’m afraid they might be zebra mussels which means this is more of an infestation than a colonization.

(zebra?) mussel encrusted branch

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

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