great bulrush stems split lengthwise
turtle lake, mn
our kids and their friends spend these long hot days down at the lake, finding anything they can think to do, as long as it takes place in the cool shallow water. minnow catching, inevitably, suggests itself. these were released quickly onto white paper, then gathered up and put back in their jar. i can’t vouch for their fate after that, but still blog, to my knowledge, did not harm them.
turtle lake, mn
a morning spent decluttering my basement turned up two old plant presses that my husband and i had used to save some beloved leaves and flowers a decade or more ago. and suddenly a banal morning turned sublime.
pressed minnesota flora
who knew that cattail pollen was edible? i have just happened unexpectedly upon a half-dozen wild-food websites, all breathlessly praising the culinary benefits of cattail pollen, including a recipe for cattail pollen pancakes. i tend to associate pollen with my itchy eyes, but apparently we also have a ready source of wild protein right under (and probably in) our noses.
male cattail flower and pollen
turtle lake, minnesota
our bees are thriving. our beekeeper, becky, from the university of minnesota stopped by this morning to check on the colony. we are very proud parents of 25,000 bees give or take. i suspect one of the reasons our bees are doing so well is the abundance of wildflowers (aka weeds) that they have to sip from. in point of fact, this photo is one shovel of “grass” from our backyard: dandelions, creeping charlie, clover. it’s all bee food. now i can stop pretending to care about my lawn and can openly embrace not caring: it’s for the bees.
one spade of backyard
saint paul, minnesota