leaf sprite

this branch called to me from the parking lot of my public library when the fucia-red leaves against the vibrant green caught my eye. then i let the branch dry neglected on my kitchen counter for a week.  as i rubbed my hands down the branch to release the leaves, they fell onto the paper into this arrangement. i did have to sweep back the bangs a bit. apparently she’d been waiting there all along. smiling a little secretively.

burning bush leaves in autumn

saint paul, minnesota

  • Ellen says:

    Wonderful.

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  • Caryn says:

    This is gorgeous.

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a matter of scale

this tuft of reindeer lichen was lifted from from a granite boulder near the middle of the gunflint trail, in minnesota moose country. i think about the number of individual forked branches that make up this very small pillow of lichen on one boulder. then i think about the number of lichen covered boulders on the trail we walked that day. then the number of trails we picked from on our map of the superior national forest. then how many superior national forests would fit into the circumpolar boreal wilderness. and something like the enormity of space is suddenly hinted at, in one tiny forked branch, on a pillow of lichen, on a boulder at the end of the trail, after an afternoon of grouse hunting.

green reindeer lichen

superior national forest, cook county, minnesota

  • therese says:

    Organic lace

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not blowing in the wind

this fall we have had relatively little wind. so fallen leaves are forming colorful circle-skirts around the trunk of every tree.  i’d love to rent a plane and see it from above. it must look like confetti.

maple leaves in fall colors

my yard, saint paul, minnesota

  • I love this photo. Excelent work

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  • Rebecca says:

    My daughter needed a picture of leaves for school. She was immediately drawn to this one! Thank you for sharing.

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standing dead

in our part of the world, woodpecker holes and bracket fungus are the two infallible signs that a tree has died, even in winter when no deciduous trees carry leaves. in 2007, the ham lake fire burned 40,000 acres along the gunflint trails, and the woodpeckers have been feasting ever since.

superior national forest, gunflint trail, minnesota

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delicate vortex

an arrangement just slightly more orderly than random. sounds like my house some days.

nest of a northern cardinal

found in a small evergreen in our backyard, saint paul, minnesota

  • Shanon Gass says:

    So beautiful and amazing. I’ve always hoped to find an abandoned bird nest, but have never had the luck. They seem so special and intricate. Such smart little birds. Happy Friday from a fellow Minnesotan!

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