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if yesterday was about turkey feather x’s, today is about y-shaped twigs. which, i can report, do not fit themselves easily end to end into attractive and complex weblike circle patterns. they elbow each other. they fidget. they do not sit still. they do not take direction. they talk back. they pass notes and giggle. this is as close to order as was reached today, in mrs. hoffman’s room 859.

y-shaped twigs

saint paul, minnesota

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checkered flags

we finally crossed some finish lines this weekend. piano contest is behind us as of 10:45 sunday morning. all colleges and universities have been applied to as of 8:15 saturday night. at 8:00 this morning, steve begins his first full, seven-appointment day of tax season. i intend to wake up, mentally wave three checkered flags at my people, pour a particularly strong cup of english breakfast tea with milk and sugar, and begin figuring out what i want to do with the next two months behind the creative wheel, with a lane all to myself. sunday drive? indy 500? rush hour traffic jam? it doesn’t really matter. i have it to myself. and it’s going to be delicious.

wild turkey wing feathers

saint paul, minnesota

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an unseasonal thaw

everything was dripping today. the eaves, the spruce trees, and, i realized in a panic, my son’s nose. let’s go everybody! we’re getting our flu shots!

spruce

saint paul, minnesota

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circle of life

i didn’t notice until just now how nicely the feathers of predators and prey are playing together in this wreath. Owls lying down with pheasants. hawks with turkeys. and then i noticed those little drops of blood in the middle.

vine wreath and found feathers: owl, turkey, pheasant, hawk

saint paul, minneosta

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  1. Gin says:

    How beautiful this is! and I love where your mind wandered upon viewing it.

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mountain ash is not related to ash trees at all but to roses. and like rose hips that glow in the underbrush all winter long, mountain ash berries usually hang on almost until spring, brightening the north woods with their clusters, which become increasingly alcoholic, and occasionally send songbirds on an unintended bender. or, who knows, maybe an intentional bender. wouldn’t you want a little nip after spending a minnesota winter outdoors?

mountain ash limb ( s. aucuparia)

minneapolis, minnesota

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