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it’s all about scale

how big was that bracket fungus? well it was bigger than a swallowtail butterfly, and smaller than a raccoon. bigger than a blue jay and smaller than whitetail fawn. bigger than an osprey and smaller than a bald eagle. bigger than a wasp nest and smaller than a muskrat den. there. have i bracketed that bracket fungus for you? cue groans.

bracket fungus

arden hills, minnesota

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  1. Cecelia White says:

    I want this one on my wall. Will you add more photos to your West Elm collection?

  2. Susan says:

    It would make a beautiful centerpiece!

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whiplash spring

our local weatherman has been calling this a whiplash spring–70 degrees one day, and 40 degrees the next. whatever the name, it has resulted in a strange spring of tortured bulbs and blossoms.  this tulip had a stem only five inches long, when it opened, and then it started to shed petals before it fully opened. harsh climates tend to grow strange specimens. i would say that the my lapadat family, and my husband’s hoffman family, are no exceptions.

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saint paul, minnesota

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  1. erica says:

    Gads! hope your petals don’t start falling off.

  2. margie says:

    never heard of a whiplash spring but I guess that is what we are experiencing as well. Hasn’t stopped the blackflies from feasting on our white northern flesh.

  3. Donna says:

    how much loveliness your blog holds!

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popcorn blossoms

these little kernels are sizzling and about to pop around here. how fun would it be if crabapples made popcorn sounds as their blossoms burst open? i imagine it would play out in almost exactly the same rhythm as a batch of orville redenbacher. onesie, twosie. and then the hailstorm.

on a completely different note, west elm’s design blog posted a lovely interview and feature on STILL blog yesterday. You can find it here.

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saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Lisa says:

    Fun interview! I like the popcorn, too. :)

  2. Carol says:

    I’ll be with you ………
    Very nice interview too.

  3. Carol says:

    ……in apple blossom time

  4. Brigitte Fisher says:

    Great interview!

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stop it. i mean it.

white throated sparrows are among our family’s favorite birds. their deee-DEEEE-dee-duh-dee dee-duh-dee dee-duh-dee song has two associations for us. The first is their spring migration when they filter through our woods, and wake us up on april and may mornings with cheerful exhortations to get up and make the most of the beautiful day ahead of us. The second association is the north woods, where in summer we encounter them at the end of that migration, and they serenade us in our fishing boats and canoes from the tops of towering white pines on the shores of cold, clear northern lakes. so imagine my horror, to find not one. but two, white throats this morning lying lifeless below two of my windows. i will miss them this summer. as will any number of northern hikers, campers, fishermen, and paddlers who should have heard them sing.

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saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Allison says:

    Oh, this breaks my heart. They are a favorite in my home as well. They reply back when you sing their call. Their spark of yellow is so vital to the feeling of Spring around here. I am glad you captured their essence so poignantly. Poor little guys…

  2. Carol says:

    Oh, poor sweet things, their song, along with that of the red wing blackbirds means spring more to me than the return of the robin. Your photo of them is stunning.

  3. margie says:

    what truly beautiful creatures they are

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dearly beloved…

we are gathered here today to celebrate the life of effie, heavy and strong, who singlehandedly chased off the cooper’s hawk of 2013, who survived the fox attack of 2014, and spent a brave night roosting outdoors during the great storm of 2015. who served admirably as the big sister to glimmer, prim, clove, rue, and katniss, who did not take no shit from no one, and who knew just how to puff her chest, and fiercely flare her neck feathers when it was time to demonstrate to the dog just where his place was in the general pecking order. may she rest in peace under the cedar tree by the wood pile, and may she be called on to use her bravery and strength to protect the innocent, if there exists anything like a predator or a bully in heaven. amen.

unfurling fiddlehead fern fronds

saint paul, minnesota

 

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  1. Dede says:

    R.I.P. Effie

  2. carol says:

    awww – so sorry.

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