red is festive. red is eye catching. red is the color of popsicles and cherries and watermelon. red is the color of tomatoes. red is a summer color. summer i tell you. pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…
bits of autumn at the end of summer
saint paul, minnesota
let’s talk briefly about how beautiful ginkgo leaves are, with their scalloped umbrella shape and their perfect crepe paper veined surfaces, and their triumphant golden fall color. and then let’s talk about planting something else for a while on the boulevards of our cities. thanks to dutch elm disease, and now the emerald ash borer, minneapolis and saint paul have lost a huge chunk of their urban forest canopy, and i think that’s true of many similar north american cities. it’s tempting to replace all of those elms and ash trees with an easy, hardy, pretty tree like ginkgo. but i just read that an urban oak can host 500 different species of caterpillars, and ginkgo biloba hosts only one. and where caterpillars go, so go native birds. and when there aren’t acorns and walnuts, the squirrels aren’t interested. and when there aren’t squirrels and native birds, the raptors go somewhere else. and soon enough our vibrant urban forest starts looking like a pretty, but sterile, urban desert. i offer this as the viewpoint of one single nature blogger, who will now pick up her soapbox, and go home.
somewhere among these succulent leaves, if you just put them together in the right order, there is a helicopter waiting to to engage its rotors and lift off. i haven’t gotten there yet. but i think i’m really close. little help?
one of my favorite words is calyx. it’s that little green saucer at the top of a flower stem that used to be the bud of the flower, and then opened up into a stiff-fingered little palm that cups and supports the flower as it blooms, and gives it support. is there a better synonym for motherhood than the word “calyx?”
wild roadside daisies
saint paul, minnesota
yes, what you see there on either side of this hummingbird’s head are tiny, tiny feathered eyelashes. i think it makes her look coquettish: “But really Rhett, I can’t go on accepting these gifts although you are AWFULLY kind.”
ruby-throated hummingbird beak
saint paul, minneosta