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The Cover
October 15, 2008

Still Life With Pawpaws

JAMA. 2008;300(15):1734. doi:10.1001/jama.300.15.1734

The inviting weather on a recent September weekend left me with little choice but to while away the morning beside a shallow creek looking for the pawpaw fruit scattered throughout the forest canopy. Further diversions included the inspection of rocks in the creek bottom to identify interesting fossils. In these moments of focused contemplation of the natural world, all other reality seemed remote. A similar clarity and intensity of awareness of objects in nature typifies the luminous still life works by Edward Edmondson Jr (1830-1884).