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
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
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
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
this feather reminds me of a little dark-haired boy in a tie and an ill-fitting suit, whose mother has pomaded and combed his hair for sunday service, and whose hair is resolutely refusing to cooperate.
weather beaten feather (probably canada goose)