puffball

this puffball swelled from from a mini marshmallow, to a golf ball, to a baseball, to a softball, and just as my husband and son decided it was ripe to be cut into cubes, sauteed in butter, and served with pasta, the interior had begun to turn yellow-brown, a sure sign that the meaty fungus had started the process that would end with it looking like a leathery brown volcano of spores.

giant puffball, calvatia gigantea

my back yard, saint paul, mn

 

 

 

  • margie says:

    puff balls are so much fun

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spangle galls

oak leaf with spangle galls

backyard, saint paul, minnesota

 

  • Tracy says:

    What’s a “spangle gall?

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  • margie says:

    looks so lovely

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resplendent

as i sit here to type this, wondering why in the world we had yet another bird casualty this year, it suddenly occurred to me…i had my windows professionally washed this spring! my first time ever. and we have had more dead birds this year than all the previous seven we have been in the house. well, i guess it means it will be at least another seven before i do that again.

yellow-shafted northern flicker

my deck, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    this one is such a beautiful bird

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a northern forest pinwheel

each fallen feather found on the trail strikes me as such a valuable treasure, that this collection, all in one place, feels like some kind of fort knox of feathers.

collected feathers of eastern north american birds (including at least the following: great horned owl, barred owl, wild turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse, blue jay, cardinal, yellow-shafted flicker, canada goose, herring gull)

mostly from my back yard, turtle lake, mn

 

  • Candice says:

    Stunning. Truly a treasure.

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  • Mimi says:

    Thank you for these beautiful, elegant reminders of how important it is to get outside and experience nature. I am curious, from which kind of bird is the striped feather at about 12 o’clock on the pinwheel? I recently found one just like it!

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    • Hi Mimi, that’s a wing feather of a wild turkey.

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  • Rachel says:

    Hey there, just so you know…it is illegal to collect bird feathers and you can be fined if US Fish and Wildlife Services were to find this.

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late bloomer

it’s a little late in the season to be seeing buds. we haven’t seen many lately, and will see much fewer from here. but for now, it’s refreshing to see a little youth among the brittling bones of the oak leaves that will start turning russet and brown in a matter of weeks.

wild sunflower bud

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i really love this one

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  • Diane says:

    This one would make a great puzzle for jigsawplanet.com
    You turn your photos into online puzzles. I used one of my photos for one yesterday.

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