chlorophyll

chlorophyll

the reaction that cholorphyll undergoes in order to turn sunlight into vegetable matter and oxygen involves transfers of electrons. And by that microscopic means, essentially all of the oxygen in earth’s atmosphere is created. ah the green of summer. thank you. breathe in. breathe out. thank you.

umbrella plant leaves

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gumdrops

gumdrops

hey! get your eyes out of the candy jar!

ripening wild blackcap raspberries 

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animism

animism

tomorrow i am sitting in on a webinar by one of my favorite thinkers, Li Edelkoort. she will be talking about animism as part of the post-coronavirus future we need to start imagining. she predicts that the enforced slowdown we have all been obliged to live through this year will return us to a generally slower way of life, with more attention paid to fewer things, and a recentering of ourselves as part of nature, not just users of nature for our convenience, recreation, and economic expediency. it will be a time to rediscover reverence. i can only hope she is correct. i was inspired enough by the thought of it, that i channeled my energy to make an assemblage in honor of Li. an altar of sorts, in honor of what Li calls “the veneration of the river and the moon, as well as seedpods, animals, feathers, shells twigs and the humble pebble.”

assemblage of seedpods, feather, stones. bones, shells, sticks, fern, nest, and egg

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broken box

broken box

this is the time of year when the temporary temperate rain forest of minnesota is a green curtain with green growth bursting its edges everywhere. in a mere 60 days this is over.

leaf shapes and colors fo early july

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nested

nested

our family just got a minor, almost certainly unfounded, covid-19 scare. we are all ok, and our exposure was third or fourth hand at the closest. but it reaffirmed for us that there is no cause to get impatient about our confinement. we will continue nesting here at home, waiting for some people to stop being stupid, and for other people to come up with a vaccine.

musk thistle bloom

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