we should do this well

we should do this well

one of our dearest friends sells ice in minnesota. there is the old joke about selling ice to eskimos. basically that’s what he does. except that his ice is beautiful and clear, and has begun to redefine what it means to put ice in your glass when you order a cocktail in minneapolis and saint paul. selling beautiful ice to minnesotans is a way of saying that you care about where you are from and what can be done best in this particular place on earth. it’s something we minnesotans should do well. it’s just ice. but it’s more than ice.

minnesota ice

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dna

dna

my extended family is getting genetically tested this winter, and we plan to compare the results this easter. i’m guessing i will be a lot of romanian and a lot of scandinavian with maybe a little eastern european or a little austro-german. but there’s a legitimate chance i could be a little bit gypsy. and then i think, what if i ended up being jewish enough to go move to israel? how great would that be? or what if i had royal blood? or relatives on the algarve coast of portugal? then again, what if i were a little bit white cedar? or ostrich fern? or hepatica leaf? or water lily? i could be really ok with a little water lily in my blood.

pressed leaves leaf

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spinning jennys

spinning jennys

i can’t decide if what i really want is to replay last autumn, or fast forward to this spring. but i do know that i currently am not interested in pausing in the middle of the minnesota winter.

maple samara seeds

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this should be a heart

this should be a heart

yes, it’s valentine’s day. yes, this should be a heart. no, i don’t really love valentine’s day. no, this is not a heart. this is, in fact a glyph that i created the day before my creative mornings talk last year, because i was so nervous about the talk that i had to find an outlet for my anxious energy. the video of my talk is online as of today. i won’t be watching it. i don’t have . . . yes you guessed it. I don’t have the heart.

random selections of summer backyard greens, turtle lake, shoreview, minnesota

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hyperbolas are never a waste of time

hyperbolas are never a waste of time

i can’t stop looking at the gentle hyperbolas created at the base of these leaflets where they meet the stem, specially that top leaf. i found these two in my plant press. it took me hours of googling to identify them. i din’t know this pair was part of  a compound leaf. so i had started my search with  “simple toothed ovate leaves” and “simple toothed elliptical leaves”.  i found elm, apple, birch and rose leaves. all very very similar to my pair here..but no hyperbolas. i was just about to give up when i finally found a tiny infographic of  leaf types that happened to include ash. ash! would i consider those hours a waste of time? no way. i will forever know an ash leaf when i see it. it’s the only one with hyperbolas. and not a single field guide mentions that in their description of ash. weird.

pressed twig with two black ash leaflets

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