something royal

this was just a handful of quackgrass until it was arranged in a circle. then suddenly it was something a polynesian king might wear.

quackgrass wreath

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • LW says:

    love this.

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weeping for joy

the urban willow in front of my son’s school is in full bloom with catkin spikes shouting spring. i saw it friday morning and made a note to myself to snip some willow for STILL blog. but here at home, the north facing lakeshore willow in my back yard has barely let the tips of its buds loose. those you see above, bursting shyly from their casings, will look like peeled green corn cobs in a week. the bees will be joyful.

april weeping willow branches and buds

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

 

  • margie says:

    this image is so creative

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  • Kendra says:

    my family and I gathered willow together, this past weekend. I love how they pop put, almost like popcorn!

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opposites attract

and sometimes two misfits find themselves in an embrace.

last year’s mullein stems

vadnais lake park, saint paul, minnesota

  • Traci says:

    such an awkward but elegant embrace! thanks for helping me to look at things in a different way, every time I come here.

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ruffled

a duck loses. someone else wins. and decides the wing wasn’t worth the effort. a ten year old boy daydreaming near the edge of a small lake spots the splash of prideful indigo. he carries the torn wing up the hill to his home and offers it, with accomplishment, to his mom. his mother finds the imperfect beauty arresting. and she quickly sets about photographing the wing. later that day she posts it on her blog for others to see…(and now, dear reader, you finish the rest of the story)

damaged but intact mallard wing

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • natalie says:

    :: thank you for your prose. inspired. it’s a joy to see and read what you share daily!

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it’s catkin season!

i fit a quick walk in this morning before the rain came. during that short walk i saw long dangling birch tassels, huge cone-like cottonwood flowers, furry poplar clusters, and most conspicuous of all, these glorious willow explosions. it’s officially catkin season. it may be the shortest season of the year, but it’s one of my favorites.

willow catkin

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • LW says:

    beautiful explosions – they have been patiently waiting to share their glory!

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    • we all get a gold star for patience this winter don’t we!

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