flowers

A fresh take

A fresh take

It takes me some time to accept that summer is truly over. I tend to be slow with transitions of all kinds; this is a writer’s curse, because our work takes us, always, into the past. How clearly can I remember the feel of a poppy’s fat petals against my skin? The way they rustled…

Pleasant surprise

Pleasant surprise

#iceland has #flowers! The botanical garden in Akureyri was a real surprise to me. Lush, diverse, warm! and buzzing with life … Including this little midge. Fun to be on the road again and combining the big picture with the details. I love this view through the lens of @eric_guth . We’re sailing around Iceland…

Giving thanks

Giving thanks

It’s been six months since I boarded the first of many airplanes to explore the first of many communities for #meetthenorth. I’d recently been sponsored by Lindblad-Expeditions-National Geographic and joined their community of curious, engaged travelers. I was given a mission: travel the north, listen to its stories, and share. The work has just begun,…

(Post 3 of 3) It’s time for us to head to the part of Iceland which is “the most Arctic,” according to Embla. It’s off the ring road and along gravel roads. The plants we recognize from other parts of the north (crowberry!) are everywhere. Sheep, fish and an Arctic vision lie ahead in the…

(Post 3 of 4) Anna Lena Ekeblad has been living in Longyearbyen for 20 years, and she received us in her home today. She buys fresh flowers every week. While we visited over coffee and cinnamon buns, her kids (Erik and Mia) and their friends ran in and out, and the doorbell rang three times….