Capturing Nature’s Dance

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November Pond celebrates texture, movement and color

Progressive nature photographer Morgan McKenna attunes her eye into nature’s intimate moments. From the color shifts in an aspen grove, to the delicate folds of a flower, to movement patterns dancing on water, Morgan’s work brings the viewer into the moment that these gestures reveal themselves. She photographs nature’s display of light, pattern, and texture that brings one into a visceral feel of beauty. Her intricate views of botanicals, flowers, water, and landscapes help create peaceful, positive spaces. Using a variety of techniques to bring the gestures alive, these photographs give us time to BE with the beauty.

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Much like a Mary Oliver poem, the viewer is asked to slow down and experience a shift in the usual scurry to notice the sublime.  Gifting ourselves these moments adds space in which to navigate the chaos that our world is going thru. Finding the safety and trust that sits in nature, which allows nature to keep expressing beauty and goodness, helps us do the same.

Bringing the wonder of a child to her work, Morgan shares “I’m a native of Colorado and have been taking photos since I was little.   I’ve always loved focusing close in on pieces of a landscape, whether the tiny details of a plant or flower, reflections in a pond, or a window of light in a forest.  I shoot early in the morning or late afternoon to catch colors at their deepest.  Most often I go for the sharpest images I can, but occasionally, I move the camera slightly while taking the photo just to achieve an impressionistic effect. These “in capture” pieces are created in real time without digital enhancement.  Blue Forest is an example of this movement technique.”

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Blue Forest

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Morgan is offering a 15% discount for her work with mentioning you read this blog. And she is able to match colors specifically to decor. McKenna images are archival (protected from fading) and are available from small to large (48”x72”) on metal, glass, acrylic, water color paper, canvas, or fine art photo paper.  Each piece is custom framed to match any look, from traditional to ultra modern.  For sizes and prices, contact Morgan at And be sure to visit her website to see many more exquisite expressions.

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a poem by Mary Oliver

Every day

I see or I hear


that more or less

kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle

in the haystack

of light.

It is what I was born for –

to look, to listen,

to lose myself

inside this soft world –

to instruct myself

over and over

in joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant –

but of the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help

but grow wise

with such teachings

as these –

the untrimmable light

of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?


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Liquid Autumn


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Natural Selection: Live-edge Wood in Home Design

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(photo: 3d Flooring)

Re-posted from Boulder Daily Camera, “Natural Selection”, June 30th, 2017, page D16

Live-edge wood in home design

(BPT) – Live-edge hardwood, in which the sides of the slab are left unmilled to retain the natural profile of the tree trunk, is an increasingly popular decorative trend in today’s residential interiors. The technique is not only used for pieces of standalone furniture such as tables and benches but also for built-in elements like shelving, mantles, counter tops, bars and kitchen islands.

“Most mills cut off the rough tree edges, turning the raw timber into neat boards,” says Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center at “But the current demand for live-edge slabs has led to a small but vigorous subset of producers who specialize in the category.” These are often boutique businesses that source, dry and mill limited batches of timber for use in furniture of their own design and manufacture.

“Some larger sawmills sell live-edge slabs to the public,” Jovanovich continues. “You visit their showroom and pick your own one-of-a-kind piece of ash, cherry, red oak, walnut or whatever other hardwood species they have in stock. A cabinetmaker can then custom-make a piece of furniture or a built-in feature to your exact specifications.”

Sustainability-minded entrepreneurs are responsible for another niche in the live-edge hardwood market: small urban suppliers that source culled or fallen trees from the backyards of private homes, public parks, graveyards and other leafy locations in their city and its immediate environs. One such enterprise, RE-CO BKLYN in Brooklyn, New York, recently harvested four 12,000-pound logs from a 150-year-old storm-felled elm in nearby Prospect Park. The logs were taken to an upstate mill to be sawn into live-edge slabs and dried before being shipped back to Brooklyn, where they were either sold or used by RE-CO for tables, desks, bar counters, shelves, headboards and other beautiful custom-made pieces it produces.

“It was George Nakashima, the legendary Japanese-American mid-century furniture maker, who pioneered the use of live-edge slabs in refined residential settings,” says New York-based designer Glenn Gissler. “Previously, untrimmed wood planks, sometimes with the bark still intact, were used for rustic, log-cabin or ranch-house effects – elements that referenced the traditions, myths and aesthetics of the American Old West. With his gorgeous large-scale pieces, comprising multiple slabs of characterful woods like walnut and cherry connected with butterfly joints, Nakashima showed us how unfinished natural edges and richly figured knotted surfaces fit perfectly into even the most sophisticated urban interiors.”

Today, original Nakashima pieces are highly collectible and command high prices at auction. But his free-edge aesthetic is more influential than ever as homeowners discover the ability of live-edge furniture to work with almost any decorative style. Paired with blackened-steel legs, for example, a live-edge slab of burled walnut creates a dining table with loft-worthy industrial chic. Fixed to the bedroom wall, a free-form expanse of warm-toned cherry provides a romantic headboard. Or a hefty live-edge slab of oak, supported on an equally hefty oakslab base, makes for a monumental console with the presence of a piece of archaic sculpture. New Yorkbased designer Laura Bohn has even used the chainsawed crosssection of an elm trunk – complete with its bark – as a counter top on which to mount a stainless steel powder-room sink. “It introduces a decidedly rustic note into a thoroughly modern space,” she says. “And yet it looks perfectly natural, as i f it had just grown there of its own accord.” for more about residential design trends and other applications and products using American hardwoods.

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A single ash tree, sourced from a suburban yard by RE-CO BKLYN, supplied the live-edge counter and island tops in this kitchen. (Photo: Brandpoint)