This has been the toughest Be Still 52 prompt yet: tallish, a bit of a sway, and a message. My biggest problem was the tallish! I've been thinking and looking around for two weeks and nothing inspired me. Today I was determined! I'm two weeks behind and I must find something.
Nature is what draws me. I'm not a flower, pretty vase, dainty teacup kind of person. So, to start this gathering I grabbed my garden clippers and tramped around the edge of the woods looking for something with a sway. I found a couple of things, blue berries and limbs from my wisteria bush. I also found these pine cone looking seed pods. Wikipedia tells me they are from an Alder bush which "is the common name of a genus of flowering plants (Alnus) belonging to the birch family Betulaceae. Alder bushes provide food for numerous butterflies and moths. That's nice to know! I'll make sure Mr. H doesn't cut them down!
Back to the photography. I first put them in a textured tall vase, but that just didn't seem to fit. I walked back to my craft room looking for some twine to wrap around the vase when I happened to look up and spotted this vintage thread spool on top of my bookshelf. Now, that was more like it! It's been sitting there all this time! I just needed to look up! I added some homespun fabric and took looks of pictures. Wound up with three that I like! Letting out a big sigh here! I'm glad this one is done!