Autumn’s Fading Beauty

Backlit leaf and fern at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

The vagaries of fall color mystify me. On many streets and avenues in the Twin Cities, the fall colors are magnificent! Yet on a drive to through south-eastern Minnesota (Hastings, Red Wing, Frontenac State Park, Nerstrand Big Woods State Park) yesterday, the trees were past peak with most of the leaves on the ground. There were small pockets of color but nothing like what remains here in the Twin Cities. I had expected that the …

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The Joy Journey

Recently I started taking a watercolor painting class through community education.  I was so excited to take my first painting class. “Yay!” my inner kid was exclaiming. What joy I felt picking up the brush and playing with color at home before the class started. Then I went to the first class. Not only was it not the beginner class I expected, most of the students in the class had been taking the class with …

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Gifts of the ordinary

Colorful trees by a pond in the neighborhood

This morning I went for a walk in the neighborhood with my camera. Even though I’ve walked these paths countless times, each time I walk them I experience and see new beauty in ordinary things. “What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation. When we …

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North Shore Fall Photos

Zen Sunrise at Stoney Point

We just returned from a long weekend in Two Harbors, MN, photographing the fall color along the north shore of Lake Superior. I went to a workshop taught by John Gregor from Two Harbors, and my husband Jon came along to enjoy the north shore beauty, and to help me lug my photography gear on our photo hikes. It was such fun and so beautiful! Our days started before dawn and lasted until after sunset. …

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