Archives for the month of: March, 2014

field

I have this picture in my mind of what I’m hoping to see here. Soon. Last April, after seeing the wildflowers on one of little islands around here, I decided we could use some color on ours. I scattered a mix of Pacific Northwest wildflowers last fall and hoped for the best. I have to confess, now I am getting a little worried that there will be a no-show of color for me this year. So in trying to save my reputation as a competent gardener, or at least hoping for better odds, I grabbed a couple more packets of seed last week and threw those down. It’s not like there is a guarantee with this flower business but I do wish I had kept quiet about it until when, or if, something appears.

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I have been regularly checking to see if I can recognize a potential flower’s leaf in the grass. So far, I’m quite sure I will have dandelions again this year. And thistles. Even though the soil temperature seems warm enough, we haven’t really had warm and sunny days yet this spring. For now, I’m delegating all sprouting responsibility to the weather while I optimistically wait for my field of color.

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That would be green for me. Or more accurately, Bud Green. I really do love stumbling onto these gems of important information, like Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You It’s like a quick, upbeat astrological sychoanalysis and I feel validated about my long time love for all things green. So now that I live in a place where I am surrounded by it, will I feel stability and healing from all the green?

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rock and green
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tree:rock

Earlier this week, my Word of the Day was gritty and I don’t think I realized that word in all its meanings before. Sure, I get the part about grit and dirt but now I think I would be pretty pleased to be called gritty, that is the part about being “courageously persistent, plucky” and possibly even “having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism.”

I was thinking about that and wondering, can nature be gritty? I certainly have to take note and admire the persistence in a tough spot factor. Inspiring.

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I know I obsess over the details, at times. Ok, most of the time. I have to keep reminding myself to try looking at the bigger picture, the bigger perspective. All this walking around with my head down, zooming in on the small stuff is giving me a pain in the neck. But of course, I can’t really stop my tunnel vision because that’s when something catches my eye, looks out of place or has an unexpected shape and demands a closer look. From my near-sighted perspective, here are a few of my Things That Look Like Other Things They Are Not.

A worn shell on the beach.

A worn shell on the beach.


Easier to hear this little guy rather than see him.

Easier to hear this little guy rather than see him.


Love between stumps

Love between stumps


Mirror image

Mirror image


Almost picked this jelly up thinking it was glass.

Almost picked this jelly up thinking it was glass.


Kingfisher finial

Kingfisher finial


Low tide buddies

Low tide buddies


Painted leaf

Painted leaf