Where are the intersections in your life?  With people, with pets, with nature, with your emotions?  I’m grateful for the intersections and interactions of this past Thanksgiving week.  I’ve been fortunate to spend it with my family – a group of interesting, adventurous, diverse, and fascinating people ranging in age from 15 to 83.  So many interests and activities, and yet we all found a way to be together for the holiday.  There were laughs and stories, food and love.  Sure there might have been stress in the interactions, and maybe the meal wasn’t the perfect Norman Rockwell interpretation, but it was an intersection of intent, of appreciation, and of thankfulness.  And to me that is huge.

Foxtail barley

Anytime I am in my car my eyes are scanning the scenery and landscape.  As I’ve been driving to work this past week I’ve been watching the foxtail barley grasses maturing.   Because these grasses grow  along the sides of the highways and roads and in the medians, there’s a small window of opportunity to photograph them.   Once they get tall enough they are mowed down so as not to impair the sight lines of the drivers.  This evening I was fortunate to beat the mowers and had a delightful (and eventful) time of photographing these soft and reflective grasses.  What you don’t see in this photo is the state highway just on the horizon behind the foxtail barley.  Evidently as someone was driving by they must have noticed me sitting on the ground and worried that something was amiss.  The next thing I knew I heard sirens and an EMT was pulling up by the side of the road wanting to know if I was okay.  After I assured them I was fine and explained that I was photographing they were on their way.  It is nice to know that there are caring people here in Minnesota.