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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stalking

if the other three seasons are about color, then winter is about shape. a blanket of snow creates the perfect seamless-white background for these stalks and their whimsical shapes to stand out. so i went out hunting this weekend, with the weather temporarily above freezing, and here is my prey.

a collection of winter stems

rice creek regional trial, saint paul, minnesota

  • Melissa says:

    Yes!! …and the negative space between the bare tree trunks! 8*)

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russian olive…it’s minnesota so it’s not like it’s really an olive

we just finished editing a video from our time in france, where we were surrounded by real olives, and so this photo is sort of a killer.

winter branch of a russian olive tree (elaeagnus angustifolia).

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andromeda

carl linneaus himself named this plant because he thought it looked like andromeda. he was touring lapland at the time, and i was reading this and thinking perhaps he had gotten a little brain-freeze. but then i saw his journal sketch, et voilĂ , the resemblance is uncanny. you can see for yourself here.

bog rosemary (andromeda polifolia)

found in a peat bog in the chippewa nationa forest in north-central minnesota

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