food chain

cardinals, blue jays, flickers, and woodpeckers are biggish birds. big, that is, in comparison to sparrows, finches, warblers, and wrens. but every one of them shrieks and dives for cover when the shadow of an eagle rushes across the ground.

bald eagle tail feather, cardinal feather, blue jay feather, flicker feather, woodpecker feather

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

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  • Jacob says:

    Absolutely beautiful! What did you use to create this image? Was this a photoshop job? Beautiful job!

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    • Hi Jacob,
      Thank you! These are all found feathers of mine. I shot the image as one photo. I used photoshop just to get the the background up to a true white which sort of saturated the midtones a bit when I did. Otherwise, it’s a straight up untouched photograph–f8, iso 100, +1 exposure, 55 mm, Canon EOS Rebel T6s
      Mary Jo

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  • Jenny b says:

    Jaw dropping

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dropped change

my husband has an uncle who used to scour parking lots for loose change that fell out of people’s clothing. he wasn’t homeless or destitute. in fact he was an otherwise charming and conscientious attorney. i always thought the loose change thing was weird. then today, i found myself stooping over in the grocery store parking lot, peeling a squashed dragonfly off of the asphalt, in order to bring home the four little pieces of gold attached to its thorax. not weird at all, i decided. not weird at all.

dragonfly wings

shoreview, minnesota

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  • It looks Frank Lloyd Wright

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  • Susan says:

    Stained glass.

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  • Heather H says:

    I’ve followed and loved your art for years, and seldom (ever?) commented. Lately, in an effort to downsize my screentime, I only check in every couple of weeks. It is such a treat to come here, scroll through your images and find that your photos continue to inspire and amaze! I love this one so much.

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    • Dear Heather, you are so sweet! I am so totally flattered that STILL blog made the downsizing. You just made my day!

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wheels within wheels

tomorrow morning will be the first morning in over three weeks where i can sleep in. on the other hand, tomorrow morning is the saint paul farmer’s market. and it’s berry season. and i haven’t made a rustic fruit tart for over a week. and berry season doesn’t last forever. and i’ll be thinking about fruit tarts all winter long. and what is summer for anyway if it’s not for making fruit tarts in season? then again, there is this consideration: tomorrow morning will be the first morning in over three weeks were i can sleep in. although, on the other hand…

two sunflowers

saint paul, minnesota

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  • Dede says:

    i vote for the farmer’s market,then a nap…

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the perils of outliving your predator

The Kentucky coffeetree is believed to be an example of evolutionary anachronism. The tough, leathery seed pods are too difficult for many animals to chew through (in addition to being poisonous) and they are too heavy for either wind or water dispersal. It is thus believed that the tree would have been browsed upon by now-extinct mammoths and mastodons which ate the pods and nicked the seeds with their large teeth, aiding in germination. This behavior is seen among African Elephants eating Fabaceae relatives in Africa. Because of this, its prehistoric range may have been much larger than it has been in historical times. Today, in the wild, it only grows well in wetlands, and it is thought that only in such wet conditions can the seed pods rot away to allow germination in the absence of large herbivores.

kentucky coffeetree seed pods and leaves

minneapolis, minnesota

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  • Carol says:

    Thank you, I learned something new today. Never knew about this tree

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droopy. in a good way.

yesterday steve and i hosted a photo shoot at our house. it was an all day event, from about 10 am to about 10 pm, and like this branch of black cherry leaves we cut from our woods as a prop, we are feeling a little droopy today. but droopy in the way you feel after a hard workout, when you know you’ve earned a good night’s sleep. there is nothing quite like working with a good team, and yesterday was one of the most impressive creative teams we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching in action. the twin cities are so lucky to have the talents and vision of bodega ltd. among us. meanwhile look for an article this fall in mpls./st. paul magazine featuring some of the incredible photography and styling that happened yesterday. i can’t wait to see my own house through their eyes.

black cherry leaves

saint paul, minnesota

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