robin egg blue is a web-safe color. do you know what a web-safe color is? i didn’t. so i looked it up. a web-safe color is one of the 216 colors that will appear exactly the same on any computer monitor. the thing i like best about web-safe colors is that their opposites, non-web-safe colors need to be generated anyway, and they are generated by a process called “dithering.” which means they have little geometric patterns overlaid onto them in contrasting colors so that the eye perceives, for instance, a red background with blue “dithering” as purple. personally, i just like that the poor mama robin can simply lay her egg in robin egg blue,and get on with the miracle of birth, without any further dithering.
robin egg and nest
white campion flowers peek out from their little green bladders in the morning and blossom until late afternoon, when they retreat again. i do almost exactly the same thing. if white campion ever came to me for advice, i would recommend a skim latte around 3:00.
grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota
one of the most beautiful travel experiences i’ve ever had was sitting on a rooftop in fez, morocco over morning coffee when the muezzins began calling from the minarets that were visible in every direction across the ancient city. one of my least beautiful experiences happened later that same day, when an insistent herbalist in a pharmacy held me (figuratively) hostage, called me “Madame,” and rubbed me with argan oil, perfumes, musk, and rosewater, while extolling the extravagant virtues of each, and trying to find the key that would unlock my purse and start the money flowing in his direction. this image reminds me of both the high point and the low point of that day.
wild rose buds
grass lake trail, saint paul, minnesota
i picked this exquisite little flower at the end of a long, talk-filled walk with my husband, the first such walk we’d had together really since the end of tax season. it was a perfect little moment. a reconnection, a beautiful late spring day, and as a reward, the gift of a tiny, bright-magenta patch of smartweed in bloom just before we reached the car. i have since tried to find a single interesting thing to say about smartweed, in all the usual places both analog and digital, and have decided it is the tinkerbell of late spring mn trailside plants–tiny, painted, and an elusive secondary character.
vadnais lake trail, saint paul, minnesota
jack and the beanstalk is a fairy tale, sure, but with each summer i spend in northern woods, trying to clear enough vegetation to see our lake in the distance, i am more ready to believe that a beanstalk actually did grow up to the sky in a single night. in fact, from what i can tell, european buckthorn might have it beat.
unidentified pair of vines
vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota