here in the north, angelica grows from the ground up to 3 meters tall in a single season. this flower head, is as big as two hands. i didn’t know about angelica until i started doing STILL. now it is one one of my favorite subjects. everything about it is striking: its seductive name, its enormous size, its sturdy bamboo-like stalk, the regular branching that creates distinctive negative spaces, and of course, these enormous double-compound umbel flowers. angelica . . . i think i love you.
winter angelica umbel
hungry for color
my husband’s writing coach used to email him, when she was waiting for new work, saying “hungry for pages.” after three days of gray skies and rain. i was hungry for color. so i made my own today. please do not ask me, as my husband’s coach asked him, “what the fuck are you trying to say?”
woven yucca leaves (Dracaena Marginata)
hug a tree
two days of rain in april is all it takes. like the starting gun of a race, all the trees burst simultaneously. they’ve got a lot to do between now and late october–converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, and sequestering that carbon in their fibers. in one year a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange. one large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people. i spend a lot of time thanking them. hug a tree today. figuratively. or literally.
spring buds and branch tips
oh, hey…so nice to see you again!
every year i forget about these little guys. which means that every year i am absolutely delighted when they emerge in early spring, before everything else, and add that first pop of color to our otherwise brown landscape.
siberian blue scilla
the cedar tree beside my home recently dropped a huge pile of its branch tips. it carpeted the late march snow in in such a beguiling way, that i lingered over it every time i went in or out of the house. when the snow melted, the carpet remained over the damp brown soil. i have tried to recreate the effect here. i have never really noticed my cedars doing this in other years. i don’t know what brought it on. but it feels similar to when the oak trees mast in the late fall, letting down their acorns all at once. in any case, this photo is seasonal, but i feel as if i could sprinkle a handful of red berries on it, and it would make for a terrific holiday wallpaper.
cedar evergreen tips