Prairie Days

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These hot sultry summer days are lush and dripping with life. Today at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum I could almost feel the plants growing and maturing, anxious to set seeds and reproduce while the warm weather is still here. “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.” ― Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems The woods are …

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Owning My Story

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I had a dream recently about a traumatic time in my adolescence. In the dream events from my past were replaying again (as they have countless times before in my dreams), but this time I did something new, something I didn’t do in real life—I used my voice to speak out to people who matter about what was happening. And in the dream, while there was no “happily ever after” fixing of the trauma, my …

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Favorite Photographers

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This morning as I was thinking about a new photography project I was asking myself… Where do ideas come from? And I realized that looking at the work of other photographers is a wonderful inspiration to me. It’s not the only place that ideas for my work come from, but it is a wonderful way to see what is possible and to learn how each photographer has his or her own style of work that …

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Green Trees of Summer

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For the blessings of the right amount of rain at the right times, I give thanks. For the blessings of trees I give thanks. “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ― Anonymous Greek Proverb Minnesota is a green place to live in the summertime when there’s plenty of rain. This year is one of the greenest I remember. At midsummer, with hot steamy days, …

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