A few days in the country. Driving on the roads where I grew up in Wisconsin. It always restores my soul.
Of all the beautiful flowers and plants I saw on my Valentines Day visit to the big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, MN it was this charming green plant in a sturdy blue flower pot that appealed to me the most. The rich color and simplicity spoke to my soul. I took it home and put it on my desk. And the fact that it is just a tiny bit lopsided appealed to me even more. We are beautiful in our imperfections.
When it comes to holidays, I prefer quiet, sweet traditions. I had the day off on February 14 and woke too early. Without giving it much thought, I went to the wonderful big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. I love winter, but this Minnesota winter has lately been too white and too dreary with some cold weather. A visit to somewhere relaxing with flowers,
plants and a cute little French cafe was just what I needed. Because it was Valentines Day, I was delighted to see they opened early at 8:00 am. I spent a lovely morning watching the exotic, colorful fish swim back and forth swishing their feather tails. I quietly observed the staff getting ready for their big day (“we need more roses!”). You could see that they took care to wear a bit of red and they were all so helpful and gave their best service for all the folks coming to buy their flowers. I brought my Olympus PL7 and after months of not really taking any photos, it was wonderful to take photos of the rich colors. I just might do this every Valentines Day. Early in the morning.
I love this gentle scene of these deer. I spot them once in awhile in a special place and there is always one looking at me intently. Not afraid. Just looking and taking me in as I take her in.
My favorite sort of photo. A quiet, little bird on a gray day. The colorful birds are magnificent and a thrill to see – but the little sparrows (in this case a Junco) always touch my heart and calm me.
A boy at a lake on a golden, summer evening.
I work at a University and this is one of my favorite, cozy windows on campus. I love campuses with ivy and brick and old windows.