polygala pair

The gray squirrel stands in the middle of the driveway, apparently spellbound by the spectacle of two tom turkeys gobbling and displaying for a small flock of hens. I stand fifty feet away, thinking, it’s not everyday you get to watch wildlife watching wildlife.

beech leaves

Last dream before waking: I wield a blowgun in the middle of a target-rich environment. I fire at a small figure. I thought it was small because it was far away, but it turns out to be right beside me. The dart thunks into it, a steel wedge into the top of a log. I pry the log open and there’s a person inside — someone’s missing child, I’m told. Except she’s made of luck and spunk wood and her face is a crudely carved piece of banana. Large beetles start to emerge from her body cavity. I brush them off, and she breaks in half. You killed her! I start to panic, wondering how she ever managed to live in the first place with such a perishable face.

I wake and shower and have an unusually productive day.

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    1. I got out on Saturday. It was frightening! Everyone seemed so friendly and wholesome. I snuck back home as soon as I could.


  1. I’ve always said you have the weirdest wildest dreams, and now even your photos are surreal! Are you photoshopping?


    1. Oh sure: in each of these, I used the “select” tool to get the relative color saturation levels. But fringed polygala really is just about that pink.


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