three of a kind

i hope you will forgive the biological incorrectness of this photo for the chance it gives to show these three beautiful eggs together.

robin, cardinal, and turtle dove eggs

st paul, mn and jean-luc and nicole’s syrah vineyard, languedoc

  • Diane says:

    I’ll forgive, but wouldn’t that be a shock to the mother robin? Ha, ha

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internal structure

these unremarkable bulrushes turned suddenly compelling when sliced lenthwise. can’t you imagine how the lake water wicks up the spongy fibers of those interiors?

great bulrush stems split lengthwise

turtle lake, mn

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one child’s handful

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.

minnows

turtle lake, mn

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pressed into action

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

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under our noses

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

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