frosted flakes

these last couple weeks of january are traditionally the coldest time of year in minnesota

today was no exception

the forecast for tomorrow morning is -17 C

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    needle frost is the best

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pine cone galaxy

i was so smitten with the large assemble i shot of all our finds in languedoc, that i was inspired to do more of the same.  thus the bones, and now pine cones.

i pick up new-to -me pine cones whenever i come across them. i keep them in a box in my storage room.  i always assumed i would use them some day for holiday decor–on a table or mantel.  but STILL blog is a much better use, don’t you agree?

my collection includes cones from :  australian pine, cedar, jack pine, balsam, cypress, douglas fir, austrian pine, scotch pine, norway spruce, white and black spruce, red pine, white pine, atlas cedar, parasol pine, longleaf pine, and sequoia redwood

minnesota, florida, georgia, california, and languedoc, france

  • margie says:

    fabulous collection and i love the arrangement

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a winter walk

winter’s beauty is subtle

i like it

 

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i adore the dogwoods in winter

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joseph’s collection

most of this collection was found by our observant nine year old son, joseph, who has embraced the STILL blog project with as much enthusiasm as his mother.

the pieces we can confidently identify include: intact bird skeleton, muskrat jaw, coyote jaw, heron leg bones, deer ribs, beaver skull, catfish skull, bass spine, turtle breastbone, northern pike head and spine, green frog skeleton, squirrel skull, baby raccoon skull, raccoon skull, northern pike jaw

 

  • janine says:

    great collection – it’s good to see someone so young appreciating nature’s designs.

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    • still says:

      yes, he’s a nature lover to his core. a future john muir or aldo leopold.

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  • How cool that your son is in on the project! Beautiful collection, as always.

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  • Sian says:

    Wonderful – a collection to rival our own ( I wish we had a frog skeleton, that’s beautiful : ) alot of ours found by our 8 year old too : )

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  • aja says:

    i love your work here – just came back from montauk and found a lot of fish bone fossils and am planning to build a light box and attempt to shoot it in a similar style (just got a fancy camera). any tips would be great! and cheers to you and you son and this awesome blog.

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    • still says:

      thank you aja!

      my set-up is quite simple: any white paper-usually tag board, natural light, canon rebel t1i, and photoshop cs6. that’s about it.
      i do not use a softbox nor a lightbox, although both have been suggested. i do spend a lot of time waiting for the sun to go behind a cloud so i can get softer lighting. i don’t have a macro lens. and i don’t currently have a good tripod, so i often end of using chairs or stacks of book as a make shift tripod. in photoshop i use primarily the crop function, and the curves function. playing with the curves tool lets me get my background nice and white without altering the lighting on the subject too much.

      i hope that helps. give me shout when you have some images to share. i’d love to see them.

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  • Aine says:

    we found a part of a baby turtle bone at the santa Barbara beach in California i see the bone above at the picture I am just wondering what part of the bone it is.

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  • Aine says:

    sorry i meant what part of the body it is.

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  • I don’t know how I will ever, EVER be finished viewing these posts. I found your blog today and am simply speechless. I have been collecting and photographing items I find while wandering my mountains and canyons, but you have just inspired me on a TOTALLY new level. And I want to especially thank you for your “technique” page. I have been trying to figure out how to get a stark crisp background for certain “findings”; now I know. You are a delight to my senses and I will look forward to seeing these images every day.
    much love and appreciation, Kerry

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    • Hi Kerry. Well you made my day in so many ways. I’m happy just to have an audience for these images, but to think someone else is taking inspiration from them is more than I ever expected. Good luck with your collecting and wandering and photographing.

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the beginning is in the end

one of my favorite things to come across in winter are the dried up wild cucumber vines

they are such a vivid reminder of my unsupervised childhood spent roaming empty fields

each of these dried pods has burst and spat out four new seeds for next year

saint paul, minnesota

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