in transition

i don’t think i mentioned that while we were in southern france last fall, my husband wrote a series of articles called “letters from france” for the taste section of our local paper, the minneapolis star tribune.  well, that series won a national food journalism award (yay stevie!), and we just got back yesterday from the awards ceremony in park city, utah.

the greens and golds in this photo mark the point when summer turned to fall here in the upper midwest. our return from the AFJ (Association of Food Journalists) awards will also mark our family’s transition from busy summer to the quieter fall season, full of late afternoon fires, red wine, homework, and something braising in the oven.

wild grass stems, possibly sedge

saint paul, minnesota

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on cats’ feet

this is a close up photo of the feet of the juvenile great horned owl we came across this summer.  i can’t get over how the feathers look like fur, and the feet look like kitten paws. those murderous incurved talons, on the other hand, do not remind me of kittens.

great horned owl feet and talons

near ely, minnesota

  • Kerry says:

    Stunning! I witnessed a mom great horned with two babies this year. What a treat. The photos look like some sort of hybrid, mythilogical thing.

    • that totally captures what those feet look like! thank you so much for putting it into words.

  • Tracy says:

    Was it dead?

    • yes, it was roadkill that reminded me why i always keep white paper in the back of my car. it was so magnificent it seemed a shame simply to leave it behind for a DOT worker to shovel into the back of a pickup. i hope i managed to convey some of the awe, bordering on a kind of love, i felt for that incredible fallen creature.


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final arrangements

one final bouquet made from the flowers i received for my dad’s funeral. bye, papa. i love you.

assorted wilting funeral flowers

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    so poignant


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i brought these feathers home from southern france. they are from a raptor they call buse variable, or common buzzard. the coloring looks a lot like the osprey that patrol the edges of our lakes all summer long, and the owls that patrol the woods at night. the buse variable has a couple of advantages over our local raptors. for one thing, it gets to circle above the endless, orderly beauty of vineyards for its whole life. for another, when it comes down out of the sky, it gets to eat French food.

feathers of the buse variable

autiganac, france

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too few turtles

this was probably a biking accident. i am always a basket case during the turtle migration periods each year when they seem to be in the process of crossing every road i’m on, and i have to watch them scramble in slow motion through traffic. oy.

baby painted turtle

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • I, probably like so many now, discovered your blog through Martha Stewart. How lovely to see such a kindred spirit in your endeavours to photograph the odd, beautiful, dying and decayed! I quite often do the same and a few years ago kept a nature journal in the fall of things I found everyday. I documented them similar to yours on white paper!
    Your blog is simply lovely and inspiring…while travelling through Ontario this past summer we came across many turtle crossing signs but luckily we didn’t have to witness any carnage.


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