rickenella fibula?

found growing in damp oak leaves on the edge of a a northern deciduous woodland. little help?

tiny orange mushrooms

my back yard,saint paul, minnesota

 

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familiar expat

one of the benefits of STILL blog has been a growing awareness of my everyday environment.  there are certain subjects like cattails and milkweed that have always been been favorites.  but as a result of looking around me more carefully, a few new favorites have climbed quietly up near the top of my list, including cottonwood trees, willow, and, maybe least likely of all, mullein, a naturalized immigrant from Europe.

mullein rosette in late may

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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i don’t normally do hearts and flowers

i wanted to photograph lilacs today because they are everywhere.  everywhere. this lilac heart was a surprise. i had simply made a tight bouquet, and shot it from above, but when i downloaded it later, it not only had this loose heart shape, but even looked as if the flowering panicles had arranged themselves into chambers. a happy accident.

lilacs in late may

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    love it but very weird spam above :(

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robin’s egg blue

 

i am not a thrift store shopper.  i have no patience for rummaging through other peoples cast-offs looking for gems.  and yet, i was utterly thrilled to find this cast-off robin egg on my morning walk.  i guess it is all a matter of context.

robin egg

rice creek regional trail

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i adore finding natures treasures

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may bouquet

this weekend i got to spend two and a half days in new york city.  taxi tires hammering cobblestone streets, suvs honking the minute the light turns green, the smell of fish sauce, pizza crust, espresso, and masa harina, police sirens, boom boom cars, foreign languages, foreign accents, american accents, shouts, laughter, sales pitches, and sore feet. i am energized and exhausted both. this morning i was back on my familiar walk, on the rice creek regional trail, with my dog.  i heard an oriole, saw bluebirds, goldfinches, and ospreys, listened to the clickety clickety of Jack’s toenails, and smelled wet soil.  i love both these places.  but if i had to choose only one, forever, i would choose the latter.  and it is only in the last few years that i have come to understand this about myself. i turned 49 a week ago today.

a bouquet of may greenery

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    gorgeous tribute to the end of may

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  • Sarah says:

    That too is the life I would choose – some days I wish there were no iphones, police sirens and boom boom cars as so many people have forgotten the natural joys in life. I’ve been so happy to discover your beautiful blog and thank you for the daily reminders :)

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