In case anyone is wondering…

…if I’m still blogging…

and in case anyone is still reading Closely Observed, I am now blogging at Greens & Berries.

The Greens is about gardening, the Berries is about food and nutrition, and the Preserves is a lot like Closely Observed — stories, poems, photos, art, quotations, and other discoveries that bring me joy, insight and deeper connections to others and the natural world.

Please say hello if you come on over.



What is it?

Who are the 350 messengers?

Read more in Bill McKibben’s compelling Orion article, When Words Fail.

It convinced me to get involved — TONIGHT. (I usually like to sleep on things — especially a commitment to yet another organization.)

Glowing at sunset

'Vanilla Berry' illuminated by the setting sun

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A botanical eclipse of the sun.

Enjoying the blossoms with eye and nose (this variety has a delicate scent) makes up for past years’ gardening failures and disappointments, and the never-ending challenge of adapting my dreams to a small balcony space.

Just one or two fresh blossoms each day — enough for me. Bonus: sunshine.

Two before breakfast

Actually, I think I shot about 22. I was supposed to be on the road to Mom’s place to work in her garden. Too many distractions. That paradoxically help me focus on the now. For which I am very grateful.
Nature. Spring. Gardens. Digital photography. My days could consist of nothing else. And I would be very happy.
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Confession: There’s always a bit of hesitation before I click on “publish” because I know my photos are very amateur, taken with a point-and-shoot or “rinky-tink-tink” camera. But they are doing their job: opening my eyes to sensory experiences, subtle details and seasonal rhythms I’ve missed, even though I always thought I was a “nature-lover.” Please don’t be like I was up until a year ago — scared to use my digital camera — or even a few months ago — scared to move it from the “auto” setting. You’ve nothing to lose and worlds of wonder to discover, both inner and outer.

…Very distant neighbours’ front-yard gardens, 5 blocks south and 3 blocks west of my own home and garden. Gardens thoughtfully designed and carefully tended by neighbours I’ve never met and probably never will — but would like to live next door to.  Whoever you are, thank you for planting these particular flowers on the public-viewing side of the fence. They turned my inner frown (I’m ashamed to admit I spent most of today in _that_ kind of mood) upside down.

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