March 2, 2015

The difference
that a week or two makes!

February 26, 2015

It's feeling so Spring-like
here in Washington,
but I know that the East Coast
is still buried under snow!

Whatever your weather,
do you need something
subtly ferocious
and utterly captivating
to read during these in-between days?

Then check out
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
(I, II, and III;
the final book in the quartet
will be coming out
in September).

And after you do,
please come back
and discuss them with me,
because I cannot get them out of my head.

February 23, 2015

Instrumental Mix IV!
See I, II, and III.
I love making these mixes,
and listen to them all the time.
I hope you enjoy this new one.

Mulberry, Mauve, & Gold - February 2015

+Lover's Desire - Anaïs Mitchell
+Silo Song (Instrumental) - Laura Veirs
+Jump Up Jon - Black Prairie
+Tokka - Agnes Obel
+Skylark Herald's Dawn - James Blackshaw
+Breton An Dro - Maggie Sansone
+Cincinnati Traveler - Hem
+Kensington Blues - Jack Rose
+Sexfaldur - Amiina
+Tuireadh nan Hiortach - Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
+Guitar 13 - Clogs
+Tip Toes - Essie Jain
+Alone In Kyoto - Air
+Sun Will Set - Zoë Keating
+Masollan - Balmorhea
+Bunkhouse Theme - Bob Dylan

February 18, 2015

As we move through
our first Winter in this house
it has felt like
our backyard has given us
a suprise
every week.

In the frenzy of the Fall,
I had no idea
that this spindly-looking tree
was actually
a steadfast Witch-hazel
until it began to unfurl
it's wirey red clusters
in early January.

I put my head back
and marvelled
and laughed out loud at the discovery.

The camellia buds out back are swelling,
and who knows what color they will be
when they finally burst forth?

February 16, 2015

I really fell in love with holly this Winter.

February 12, 2015

I love that this place
is now part of our neighborhood

February 11, 2015

Small scenes
of wintry tangles
at the slough.

February 9, 2015

On a day
that felt as warm as May
we took a walk through reeds
bleached shining white,
gleaming almost too brightly
in the sun
to look at straight on.

Waterways carved paths
based on directions and criteria
unknown to us.


First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

February 4, 2015

I have been exploring our new neighborhood
on foot,
which is my favorite way
to come to know
a place.

Roaming up the hill and down,
I have found new pathways,
new rambles.
One route in particular,
has already become
my "everyday" walk.
It is the perfect length and rhythm
for that time
in the afternoon
when I simply must
go outside.

I am almost overcome with excitement
to watch how this walk changes
with the seasons.
It is like getting to know
a new friend,
who has only had the chance,
so far,
to show you part of herself.

February 2, 2015

Wild & overgrown,
spare & elegant:
two new blooming letters
that I painted recently.

January 28, 2015

After living
in the same apartment
for 5 years
I am slowly getting used to
how the light falls,
and when,
in this house of ours.

As the seasons change,
and thus the light changes,
everything is new.

January 26, 2015

Wintry scenes
from a weekend across the mountains.

January 22, 2015

I could drink tea
and watch out the window
all day.

In the quiet,
with the house to myself,
I am content to sit here for hours.

January 20, 2015


A lot of things fell by the wayside
in 2014.

It was an intense year,
full of bounty,
but also
a good amount of struggle.

One of the things that was lost
in all the intensity
was my film photography practice.
I told myself
that I didn't have time for it
and in a lot of ways,
I didn't.
At the time,
that was ok.

at the beginning of a fresh year,
I am taking stock, as I always do:
of what worked for me last year
and what didn't,
things I want to continue,
and things I'd like to let go of.
One of the things that surfaced,
and which surprised me a little
with it's urgency,
was that I would
very much
like to get back
to regularly shooting film.

to start the year off,
I shot a roll.

I was amazed at how much joy it brought me.

Not because the resulting photographs
were particularly note-worthy,
but because I had forgotten
how it felt
to look at things
with an eye for a photograph,
to hold the camera to my face
and measure the light,
to work in some small partnership
with the world around me,

I know that not many people
are reading blogs anymore
these days,
but I realized that the habit
of taking photos
and displaying them here
is more for me
than anyone else.

For those few readers still out there,
Folkloric will continue to be the space
where I share
the pictures I take,
the art I make,
and the things that are inspiring me.

December 1, 2014

Happy December 1st!

To kick off one of my favorite months of the year,
I wanted to share this wintry wreath I painted.

with a dusting of snow
frozen on the ground,
we went out in the woods behind our house
and trimmed a few bright boughs
of gleaming holly,
pulled down a vine or two
of deep green ivy.
We brought them indoors,
to brighten our rooms
during this cold and festive month,
and to be a reminder
of the vibrant life
and wild beauty,
that can still be found
in the depths of Winter.

The Yule Wreath is now available in my shop
(which will be closing for the holidays on Friday, December 12).

November 5, 2014

I don't know about you,
but for me,
October was a doozy of a month.
I normally love October,
but this year
I'm just glad it's over.

into November,
we go.


I've recently become obsessed--
absolutely obsessed--
with the work of Anais Mitchell.
I cannot seem to listen to her music enough!

Young Man In America
Wedding Song (from 'Hadestown')