Week 16: Magic All Around Us

106/365: Glowing Green

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One of the magical sights in spring is the supernatural glowing chartreuse of young leaves spotlighted by sunlight.

107/365: Under the Canopy

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Willows capture my heart 365 days a year. They are always up to something beautiful. Sculptural in winter, aglow in spring, and again in fall. But in summer – dancing and swaying in the breeze, forming romantic little spots for disappearing into a dream.

108/365: Saved by the Slinky

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I was all tucked in, reviewing the day and sinking into sleep when I realized that I hadn’t taken a photo all day. I was so tired as I forced myself out of my cozy bed, the sight of the kids’ new Slinky – fresh from the Easter basket – was as welcome as water in the desert.

109/365: Urban Wildlife

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The rabbits have become as ubiquitous as the squirrels, as nearly as unwelcome (at least during garden season). But this one was as adorable as any Beatrix Potter invented and he posed just as pretty as…a picture 🙂

110/365: Spring Rain

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One of the ordinary, everyday things that is positively enchanting every time: leaves and petals adorned with raindrops – globular and glistening like orbs of of looking glass.

111/365: lake country

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A project I’m considering – photos of all the city lakes without any landmarks. Portraits of the lake comprised of only water, wind and light. This is Lake Nokomis.

112/365: nothing but miracles

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I have always loved moss but in the last year I had the distinct pleasure of learning more about this diminutive botanical powerhouse from Robin Wall Kimmerer. I haven’t had a chance to read, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses yet, but I highly recommend listening to her interview with Krista Tippett.

Here’s a taste:

‘Mosses are not good competitors at all, and yet they are the oldest plants on the planet. They have persisted here for 350 million years. They ought to be doing something right here. And one of those somethings, I think, has to do with their ability to cooperate with one another, to share the limited resources that they have, to really give more than they take. Mosses build soil, they purify water, they are like the coral reefs of the forest, they make homes for this myriad of all these very cool little invertebrates who live in there. They are just engines of biodiversity. They do all of these things, and yet, they’re only a centimeter tall.’

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