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Midday Muse: Back-To-Nature Mantel

My fiancé and I go on a lot of backpacking and hiking trips, and always tend to pick up some small memento during our trip. The horseshoe in this photo was discovered on a trail after we came across two coyotes while backpacking in the eastern Sierras. The rocks were found on other backpacking trips, while the one in the extreme foreground were slipped into pockets immediately after we got engaged on the coast in the Redwoods.

Do you keep nature objects in special places in your home?

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marley11 marley11 9 years
definitely... --bunches of dried roses --random crimson leaves --piles of sea stones --various conches
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
We used to keep a few baskets of pine cones and hazelnuts lying around the house ... until an adventurous squirrel found them.
madbain madbain 9 years
Well, not always nature... but we have so many things we found while traveling. While following the old american transcontinental railroad path we picked up old railroad irons, spikes, fishties, (gigantic)pinecones, and plenty of snakeskin and sage. So much that my dad's house almost looks themed. We also have an inordinant ammount of beach combing finds from my mother and I.
aimsms7 aimsms7 9 years
A while back a family member put stones that I had collected at the beach into a glass vase with a tea light (also in a little glass holder) in the center. Within a day at my house, my cat bumped it and it fell over on the TV stand where it was sitting. After cleaning up the glass, I looked and the stones and thought, "that looks better than the vase!" I scattered the rocks across the TV stand and set the candle in the center. This has become probably the best art in the living room; and a great conversation piece!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Stones ans sand are my guilty pleasures. Recently my boyfriend brought home a baby coconut for me from a work trip to Miami :)
chancleta chancleta 9 years
wierd how i hate knick knacks and can donate just about anything but i keep stones and shells and bits of nature i even have a piece of quartz i found on our honeymoon
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i thought i was the only one a die hard minimalist i like to collect a stone or pebble from special nature outings then i note the date on the back to remind me which trip they came from i have a shell from when the beach when my husband and i took our engagement pictures and little things like that i keep them at my desk and they bring a bit of nature and peace and happy thoughts to my desk
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I do :) With some things at least. It's nice because someone might compliment it and you can say oh that's a sweet rock I found in Italy...
Esix Esix 9 years
I have an old dried out potato sitting in the basement.
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