Well, would ya look at that!

right now our bees are subsisting on 7 month old honey, some scant maple blossoms and a few pussy willows. the miracle formerly known as goddamn dandelion weeds has never looked so refreshingly delicious. may they paint our entire yard nectar yellow.

dandelion bud

stolen from beside my sons school, saint paul, minnesota

  • LW says:

    Ah, who would have thought even the dandelion would be a refreshing sight after this long, long, bitter winter. May her arms extend from one end of the driveway to the other!

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    • last year i learned just how important dandelions are as one of the most important early pollen sources for our bees. i have a whole new opinion of them now. in my mind, they are no longer weeds, but eagerly awaited spring flowers.

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unwinding toward spring

on thursday we got six inches of snow. the last two days gave us 70 degrees fahrenheit. we don’t know what to do with ourselves. but the ferns do.

emergent fiddlehead fern

saint paul, minnesota

 

  • Emmanuelle says:

    This picture is completely amazing, mesmerizing in fact – and the feeling you evoke is so true! No fiddleheads here yet, but I found five tiny maple sprouting seeds yesterday, in the shadow of an hydrangea :o)

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  • Manisha says:

    I know that fiddlehead ferns are edible but the not the fuzzy ones so I’ve never paid much attention to these. Thanks for this great photo, it gives me time to gaze upon its intricate beauty.

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emerging from the mud

ice-out is within sight and turtles will be emerging from their muddy hibernation soon. living as we do on a lake called turtle lake, i wish we saw more living turtles each year, and not merely the various shells they leave behind.

baby painted turtle shell, snapping turtle egg shells, adult painted turtle carapace

saint paul, minnesota

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pretty in pink

with winter acting like a nightmare tenant, ignoring his increasingly hostile eviction notices, i decided to go and buy a little spring today. i now have a beautiful cherry blossom mess on my kitchen counter, which is some consolation, but not complete consolation, for the wet snow quilting the forest duff outside my kitchen window.

cherry blossoms

saint paul, minnesota

 

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little monsters

with a blanket of snow re-covering anything with any color in our landscape, i turned to my desk full of spare parts, and spent the afternoon making an assemblage of assemblages. six pretty little frankensteins.

six trees assembled from mid-april bits

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • tinajo says:

    Yikes – snow?! Enough with snow, we all deserve spring! :-)

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