circular firing squad

an image of the 2016 american presidential election as interpreted by mary jo hoffman on august 11 2016. let’s just light all those fuses, and get it over with.

prairie coneflower wreath (ratibida pinnata)

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  • Carol says:

    I am with you 100%

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  • Susan says:

    oh, how sad, and funny. The photograph is beautiful, in any case.

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as big as

i love the expressions we come up with to compare the sizes of things. as big as a breadbox, as big as life, as long as your arm, the size of your thumbnail, the head of a pin, a mack truck, the ocean, the sky, all of creation, a speck of dust. woody allen telling diane keaton she has a spider in her bathroom the size of a buick. and, of course, this dinnerplate dahlia.

dinnerplate dahlia

saint paul, minnesota

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busy little beetle

this is how i feel right now. we leave for france in 5 days. i am a little beetle who has just spent a week meticulously working through these vine leaves, and i just looked up, and there is an entire forest to go. gulp.

beetle eaten virginia creeper leaves

sucker lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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sweet peas. totally

i received this bouquet last night from a dinner guest who also happens to be a beloved friend. “thank you, martha,” i thought to myself, as she handed me the flowers, and i handed her a glass of champagne. “you have just saved me from having to forage for a still blog image tomorrow.” of course those were willow leaves, and of course, i mean of course, those were sweet pea flowers. i almost didn’t look them up, before i wrote this caption. because, i mean, of course. but then i googled sweet pea flowers. and then i googled purple sweet pea pods, and suddenly, as often happens in nature, i was lost without a compass. nothing looked quite like this plant or its flowers and pods. but somewhere several pages into a sweet pea google search, somebody had posted a cranberry colored seed pod, and called it hyacinth bean vine, and several minutes later i was feeling both relieved at having taken nothing for granted, and sheepish about the vastness of botany, and the puniness of my grasp on it.

bouquet of willow and hyacinth bean vine (??)

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  • marty rockett says:

    Our gardening ancestor Thomas Jefferson planted the purple hyacinth vine at Monticello. I sure hope I remember that correctly. Oh dear

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  • Wendy says:

    That is, indeed, hyacinth bean. I’ve been growing it for years here in Texas. I’ve read that people in Asia eat the beans but I’ve never tried them.

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saying our goodbyes

in one week we will be on an airplane somewhere over the atlantic. tonight, over an eight hour goodbye dinner full of conversation and friends, we came as close to regretting our departure as we probably ever will.

unidentified woodland mushrooms

saint paul, minnesota

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