Tuesday, September 24, 2013

weekend fire

Someone once said to me that she dislikes sitting around a firepit, that it is exactly like the way people zone out in front of the television.  The difference to me is that the fire seems like a living thing.  The wood is near the end of its existence and is providing us warmth.  It is ever changing.  D gets annoyed with me when every weekend I take photos of the fire.  I can't get enough.  I'm always searching for the next better way to capture this amazing light.

It's cool how changing the ASO by one notch completely changes the photo.

Both capture the moment perfectly.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

she's feeling better!

We almost didn't go away for the weekend.  Little Lotus Bud got an infection that freaked us out.  She was feverish but the odd thing was that she had heat only on the one side (confirmed also by the doctor).  She had a swollen lymph node and the red skin started to reach across her face and her neck.  She ended up getting her very first round of antibiotics.  And since we've waited this long, I think the antibiotics were potent.  She was better in a day or two.

D insisted that we go away for the weekend and I'm so glad we did.  It felt wonderful to be out in the woods and see my daughter get more energy every day.  The woods were healing for me and my fears.


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Autumnal Equinox

Autumn is officially here and so begins my favorite season.

It was a good weekend.  D and I had a chance to renew our vows under the light of the full(ish) moon which was as bright as a spotlight.  It's been awhile since we've done this.  It felt good to get back to our ritual of affirming our relationship on this date where the day and night is in balance.

(265) - only 100 more days to go for this project!
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waning full moon

The Big D insisted that I pull out my camera and take a photo of the full moon.  Gawd!  Doesn't he know I am an artist?  I need to be inspired before I make art!

Seriously, though I get annoyed when he insists like this because I am easily frustrated when I can't capture the image that I want.  But he went into the trailer and pulled out my camera.  He even pulled out a 2x4 thinking that I could use that for a tripod.  Night shots are tricky though and I ended up sending him back for my remote and the tripod.  The remote wouldn't work, so there were a whole lot of shakey photos.

In the end, I was pleased that he insisted so much even though it was after midnight and I was tired.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

lily, actually

thinking about changing my blog photo

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

midwest lotus

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and his pheromones were very pungent.  All the times I've been at the zoo, never did i smell anything like this guy's BO.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

my girl is never cold

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Monday, September 16, 2013

fern spirals

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cozy inside the trailer

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arch tree

Our afternoon hike led us to this tree.  I kept thinking of Moab and Arches National Park - the colors and landscape were just right, even if they are both entirely different natural elements.

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woodland fungi

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last days of summer patio dining

The weather is going to turn soon so I'm glad for these opportunities to sit outside with a glass of wine.

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big showy flower

These sorts of big showy flowers are always a surprise to me here in Minnesota.  I'm glad to see that we have a long enough growing season for such beauty.

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urban fungi

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Iron Crafting at my creative best!

This past Labor Day weekend, we had old friends of ours out for a visit to our woodland retreat.  LT specifically asked about crafting before coming up for the weekend, so I searched my brain for a project.  Over the years I have done a number of stick and twig projects and thankfully, because of Iron Craft I have photographic record of the fun results which can be seen here and here.  I love the impermanence of these crafts (mostly) but the more I do it the better I get with the bindings.  They have been lasting longer.

So LT comes up to the woodland retreat and we all end up spending Sunday morning working on the crafts.  I affectionately called it "couples crafting weekend."  The guys were involved with the sawing and a little bit of drilling.  The gals gave directions and assembled the final bits into art.  I think she was satisfied and I walked away from that thinking my woodland crafting is going to get a whole lot better.

Labor Day wood disc mobile

Cut to last Friday...I remember that the recent Iron Craft challenge was to go shiny with glitter or metals or mirrors.  I had this ecstatic, bright-light moment when I also remembered the embroidery mirrors my mother had brought back from India for me after I completed this other IC project (which is an embroidery style found in Gujurat typically used with little mirrors rather than coins).

Oh goodness, I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had and how proud I was with what I was doing.

I have not been a frequenter Iron Crafter this year, but good lord, this one makes up for all of that I think!

I even found these little drills I bought years ago for Dave.  I wish I had remembered them over Labor Day weekend because we did lose some pieces due to splitting wood caused by the powered hand drill.

This little drill cut through the wood like butter!

The final results:

This was one of those crafts where I finally figured out what I was doing towards the end of the project.  Therefore this picture below shows the change of my design as my creativity evolved.

I loved it so much I decided I needed to do another one which I think is the best, although both have their own appeal.

Thanks again and again, Kat and Susi!  You push me in wonderful ways.  This sort of crafting is going to sustain me for many years to come (I have lots and lots of embroidery mirrors in different shapes and sizes).  I think I might do some Xmas ornaments, too!
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Monday, September 9, 2013


Specifically, a sharp-shinned hawk or so says my guidebook.  I know this because the description claims that it goes for little songbirds and this morning, this beauty was on the hunt for a little bird in the brush pile.  I know that he (she?) didn't get it because I saw it fly away with nothing in its talons.  I watched for about 5 minutes as it went round and round the brush pile on the hunt for a tasty (?) morsel.

I was a bit awed as it turned it's predator gaze upon me.  I have read descriptions in several books I love about that predator gaze coming from some hot steamy man.  I think I understand that description better.

I think it is a juvenile from the predominate color and I do think it's male because of that same color, but I could be wrong.

This was such a lovely experience.  I kept sitting there thinking that by the time I went into my house to get my camera, the hawk would be gone.  Finally I just had to do it trying not to slam the door in my haste.  The hawk stuck around and I felt I needed to follow up by looking up the animal totem.

Hawk:  Be observant of life right now for the messages that surround you.

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As much as I complain about the low light in my attempts at food photography, I find that I really enjoy taking photos at night, in the woods.

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woodland crafting has gone to a new level

More of this on Tuesday's Iron Craft reveal.


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Friday, September 6, 2013

hot, again

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this daughter of mine

Every time I'm at my limit, totally frustrated and ready for my own time out, I realize this child is my blood, genetically coded to have my intensity of emotion, drama and resistance.  So I try to find the glory in this creation.  Most times I get there with just a little sprig of flowers.

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Lowry Bridge - all lit up


One of my colleagues surprised me by arranging to meet on a friend's boat docked on the Mississippi.  It was a wonderful evening surrounded by urban ducks, the river, and later a barge pulling up on the back across from where we sat, drank wine, and discussed revolution.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

back to the city

and good friends

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my holiday craft project

A bit of fun with a miter saw and the hand drill.  After this experience my woodland craft projects have gone to whole different level.

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ahh, yes.

Is there anything better than a fresh pot of coffee while relaxing in the woods?


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....our top priority


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off to the woods

heading out for the holiday weekend

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