The wholeness of water in the desert
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The wholeness of water in the desert

I was fortunate to come across this open water near Tavasci Marsh at sunset, just when the world was golden. It reminded me how beautiful our planet is, in all its changing moods. Water and light, combining to bring joy in the moment. A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells…

The beauty of being thrifty
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The beauty of being thrifty

It is always fun when Mother Nature shows you something you didn’t expect to see. Here, the moss patterns reveal the water currents, as clearly as if they’d been drawn with crayon. And, as I looked closer, I recognized a pattern that I’d seen it before: it resembled the curve in the bark of an…

Tic-tac-toe, free-spirit style
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Tic-tac-toe, free-spirit style

This is one determined, retired school bus, pulling that old pickup along behind. It’s almost as though the decorations of new paint on the bus counterbalance the┬álack of paint on the truck. I can see in my mind’s eye the fun it must have been to inscribe all of those circles. Now I wish I…

Alive and Well in the Desert
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Alive and Well in the Desert

I have a fascination with lichen, perhaps because it is so tenacious and tough. It thrives where there are few nutrients, and in the desert, where there is little moisture as well. For example, notice this desert lichen, a little crackly about the edges, but still hanging in there. It is hard to predict where…

Half and half
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Half and half

Wouldn’t it be nice if nature presented us seasons like the calendar does: On this day Fall begins. On this day, Winter arrives. But it doesn’t happen that way, of course. Some days she feels like warm weather and zephyr breezes. On others, she pouts behind fog and rain. And on some days she refuses…

Split color wheel with analogous hues
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Split color wheel with analogous hues

I was delighted to discover this tableau! Can you see the color wheel? Green, blue, lavender, and then a whirl of the wheel over to the yellow-gold side. Just perfect. My former art teachers would love it. I did, too. I can’t understand it when people say they don’t like a particular color. How on…

You can never have too much yarn
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You can never have too much yarn

I’m a crocheter rather than a knitter, but this exuberant bundle caught my eye when I visited a yarn shop in Jerome, Arizona. And then I realized if I bought it, I’d have to keep it that way forever, never made into a project. Because, can you imagining unraveling a piece of work if you…