wildflowers, weeds, and whatnot

sarah brennan

sarah brennan
December 31
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AUGUST 11, 2012 1:42PM

a bridge too far.

Hello Sports Fans! It’s time for my biennial bitch about the road signage in Pittsburgh. Or, as a high school classmate of mine observed, “what signage? where?†In short, Kev and I went on a road trip this past week, to visit family. We drove across the scenic Undulating Plateau that… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2012 11:40PM

speaking of naughty bits

Remember the Venetian slippers of the day lilies at the orgy?

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Their little feet and legs are covered in pollen these days.

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Nearby, the lone pistil.

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Glinting mischievously.

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A few feet away, a yellow lily.

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…and its pistil.

Time for spiders on the black-eyed… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2012 9:17PM

rest in peace, vivian

Even when you expect it.

Even when she wanted it – begged for it, for years.

Even when, well, to be honest? She wasn’t the warmest, most open-hearted person.

Even then.

It’s still sad.

My grandmother died last night. She was 97. A few weeks ago, she finally resolved to… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2012 8:09PM

on success, effort, art, and beauty

This thing called a “job†– what is that all about? It’s so damn time-consuming. It’s not just the hours per se – it’s the overall effect of the hours on my whole Way of Being. I just have Not Really Gone Out With The Camera in a whole week, and… Read full post »

Remember the mysterious disappearing Asiatic dayflower from the other day – in which a) we had two flowers and then b) suddenly we did not, and c) I concluded that the flower had been sequestered away into a little leaf pouch?

I take it all back.

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Here’s one… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2012 7:30PM

scenes from the day

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one end of a dragonfly damselfly
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comes with rocket-pack
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grass supernova
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“mine mine mine!â€

I went looking for the Asiatic dayflower of the other day. It was gone. Simply gone. Eventually I realized that that’s what the dragonfly had been sitting on. Where the/…

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JULY 22, 2012 9:09PM

one small miracle, please.

My 97 year old grandmother has decided that she’s done. She is refusing food and medication, and it won’t be long til she slips past the border of this life into whatever mysteries await her next. Yesterday I wrote her one last letter. An aide, or if I’m lucky, my cousin,… Read full post »

Hey, guess what? Broken noses kinda hurt! Who knew? The swelling’s gone way down. My appointment with the “what now†surgeon was rescheduled for next week because – get this – he hurt his leg so badly that another surgeon advised him to go home today, thereby missing my appointment. So… Read full post »

Today was finally The Day, The Day we’ve been waiting for: The Tough Mudder. A ten mile endurance course laced with over two dozen military-style obstacles: walls to clamber over, barbed wire to scurry under, tunnels of mud, running through fire, getting electric shocks…you know, just your typica… Read full post »


One of my earliest backpacking trips was in early May of 10th grade, a school-sponsored trip to the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. The highlight was a brutal slog up Mt. Colden, reputed to have staggering views. The only thing staggering about it was me. Ice coated the trails, which… Read full post »

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JULY 2, 2012 10:40AM

one last post before I head out

I am in that mad rush of last-minute packing for my hiking trip in the White Mountains. Must.Get.One.Last.Post.Up before I go.

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Nikon with 85mm. The precision focus is alarmingly fun.


Lumix point-and-shoot. Not as great control over where to focus, but I can get right up in this… Read full post »

I will be out of town next week – hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with an old friend – and I’m working like a crazed bunny to get everything I can wrapped up at work before I go. This afternoon, I staggered away from my desk, my head… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2012 5:27PM

don’t mind me, says the spider.

We’ll begin with a warm-up: it’s going to get very yellow-and-orange here, so let’s ease our way in with a buttercup.


Black-eyed susans frequently have little white spiders living on them. Not til yesterday did I finally see one on our big girl.



This afternoon… Read full post »

Here’s a sort of time-lapse sequence of a hawkweed flower closing up shop and going to seed. This is from a cluster of flowers near our front door – all pictures taken within a few seconds of one another, of separate flowers. But you can pretend you’re watching the same flower,… Read full post »

Today’s mostly about the pictures.

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This is our old stand-by – the flowers continue to emerge, from the outside in.

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dreamy, dreamy, dreamy…


The surface of a single queen anne’s lace.



wild rose.

ahhh, and now for tall anemone, aka thimbleweed.


fl… Read full post »

Just the other day I was posting about the gap-toothed innocence of a particular brown-eyed susan I’ve been photographing every day, and that post got a lot of comments and traffic and praise and whatnot, particularly in the community where I cross-post.

Well, our beauty hit adolesc… Read full post »

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JUNE 19, 2012 8:52PM

gap-toothed innocence, gratuitous purple, and an orgy

I’ve been pretty busy lately, and I haven’t gone as far afoot as I might like, but geez, there’s still plenty going on within sight of the house. There’s the brown-eyed susan update, for one:

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june 16

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Two days later. Someone’s been chomping on a petal. This shot reminds… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2012 8:52PM

things just keep unfolding


Just what you’ve been waiting for: four days in the lives of two brown-eyed susans (june 11 – june 14). We’ll start with Baby.

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now watch this – sun! the petals suddenly get a little glow to them.

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and now, for Big Sis:

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JUNE 10, 2012 7:41PM

doing, being, do be do be do be do

You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

C.S. Lewis

Sweetness and I were invited to dinner last night at some friends we hadn’t spent time with in a while. As Catherine and I hugged hello, she laughed and said she felt she was… Read full post »

The sun finally came out and I gave my soul an airing this afternoon.

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The first milkweed flowers!

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This will be fun to watch unfold.

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A sumac flower head. We’re over by the pole barn, incidentally. Kevin recently discovered something like 15 bird nests up in… Read full post »

A classic Vermont afternoon: full sun and rain, simultaneously. Actually, it’s the first decent batch of afternoon sun we’ve had in d-a-y-s, so even though I was more of a mind to put my feet up with a glass of wine, I headed out to see what there was to see.… Read full post »

I am curious about raspberries, and how the fruit develops. I’ve chronicled them before – here, and here – those were the purple-flowering kind. Today I was looking at the ordinary white-flowering kind – also known as the instruments of Satan, intent on taking over the universe, starting with… Read full post »


There will be a longer post, perhaps with words, and deeper thoughts, and reflections, on this great mystery of life, soon. But the hour of cuddling with the family – which consists of Best Beloved, and the two black cats, is upon us. So for now, it’s just going to be… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2012 8:45PM

doors, windows, flux

Some days, it’s particularly important to find beauty in the world.

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Fortunately, God invented irises some time ago, and this helps.

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Even when they’re fraying at the edges, they’re gorgeous.

I hauled myself out the door this afternoon in serious need of such beauty.

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Some… Read full post »


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Carex scopario, maybe. A type of sedge.

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hawkweed. best bang for your buck, ever.