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tropical minnesota

between april and june the views out our windows change from tundra to rainforest so hard and fast, it is almost disturbing. nature is supposed to evolve leisurely from one season to the next, not rush at you like the shadow of a jet plane streaking across the ground.

lady ferns

saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Jenny says:

    each year I totally forget how lush it gets and I’m amazed. It’s new and wonderful aLl over again.

  2. Dede says:

    I love your simile!

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a different kind of daisy

i normally think of daisies as the joyful expression of high summer, blooming in june, looking like the sun, innocently round and white. but i’m reading the great gatsby right now, and daisy buchanan is bugging the crap out of me, and i’m starting to sour on the whole innocent summery prettiness of daisies.

saint paul, minnesota

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  1. margie says:

    lili has declared her current favourite flower is daisy

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finding a way

i’ve learned a lot about large format printing lately for a project i’m working on. this image is actually made up of photographs of each individual flower that were later stitched together. people say a daily practice leads to creativity. or meditation. or unleashing your right brain. or routine. or exercise. i’ll tell you. that may all be true, but you know what else unleashes creativity? a deadline and a payday.

crown vetch

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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raining

we have had a number of recent rains. a lightning storm that cancelled an evening soccer practice. a nighttime rain that watered our newly planted herbs as we slept. and, everywhere that northern catalpas grow, a rain of white blossoms whose intricate beauty seems as if it should be impossible on such a massive scale. but each one of those carpets of fallen blossoms looks like the four flowers above. i swear.

northern catalpa tree blossoms

tanglewood drive, shoreview, minnesota

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  1. margie says:

    lili and i were admiring these in the park on saturday but they were still attached to the tree

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making do

i long ago recognized that a little adversity in childhood often leads to great success in adulthood. there is a recent stanford univeristy study that has referred to this characteristic of success as “grit”. well, this branch has grit.  it has clearly suffered some adversity. and it kept on going. and of all the branches, on all my walks, this is the one that caught my attention.

twisted oak limb

grass lake, minnesota

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  1. Sandy says:

    People who don’t read the “details” are missing something!

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reaching for what is close at hand

i wanted this to be about borders, or transitions, or negative space, or corridors, or striving, or something a little bit fancy and artistic, but after watching a recent documentary about local native son f. scott fitsgerald, all i can see in this photo is his somewhat sad, very fashionable and crisp, 1920s center part. i’m not proud of this. he wrote the great american novel, for crying out loud, and here i am remembering the man for the way he combed his hair.

twigs arranged

saint paul, minnesota

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  1. margie says:

    it is always fascinating how the mind works

  2. Dede says:

    Agree with Margie, I’m right there with you on this one!

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calligraphy

is this the calligraphy quill? or is this the line it drew?

canada goose feather–edge veiw

saint paul, minnesota

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not raining, pouring

the first delivery of our csa farm share arrived last week. my hubby just took a hog butchering class and the results are in the freezer. the chickens are laying. the bees are making honey. and it’s strawberry season. it has been less than three months since april 1, when there was still a little bit of snow on the ground in the shadows and on north facing slopes.

mid-june strawberries

saint paul, minnesota

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ears of velvet

our puggle, jack, has exactly nothing to do with the mullein plant except that they both have velvet ears. on the other hand, jack is, ultimately, the reason that still blog has endured for almost four years. if he didn’t ask me for a walk, every day, in the doggy language of cocked head and liquid eyes and hind-leg rearing, i probably would have procrastinated a little more often when it came to my daily gathering, and my tardiness might very well have led to absences, that might have led to some school skipping, and from there, who knows? if jack didn’t have adorable floppy velvet ears, i might have spoiled him less, and still blog might be that project i tried once, that just never got off the ground.

common mullein in mid-june

pike island, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Carol Sommers says:

    Thanks Jack !!!!!

  2. Kerry says:

    I so miss my dog walks since our Griffin is gone. I feel like I miss all of those milestones of the seasons. I still try to get out on my bike every day but it’s not the same. Maybe one day we’ll be ready for another dog.

  3. Ellen says:

    Thanks to Jack.

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a feather of feathers

it’s quite amazing what you learn about feathers when you try to put one together. for one thing, they look as if they are shaped like christmas trees, but they are not shaped like that.  they are much longer and slimmer than that. my first effort, with each ascending layer of feathers laid out wider than the one before, was on its way to looking like a wedge, not a feather, before i started over, and actually paid attention to real life feather construction, rather than the imagined feather in my head i was trying to imitate.

found feathers: turkey, owl, eagle, egret, hawk, crow, goose, chicken, pintade, flicker, mallard, woodpecker, cardinal, blue jay

mostly found in minnesota, with a few from southwest france

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  1. margie says:

    love this but watch out i might sneeze xx

  2. Carol Sommers says:

    This is SO great.

  3. Dede says:

    Wow! What colors

  4. mary says:

    Terrific! One of your best.

  5. Susan says:

    Exquisite!

  6. Kim says:

    This is my hands down fave of all time :D

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