center stripes

the most recent “final snow of the year” rolled in from the north on thursday night. the next morning, when i looked northward toward the lake, all my tree trunks looked like tree trunks. when i looked southward, all the north facing tree trunks looked like divided highways with painted white median stripes down their centers.

snow painted tree trunk

saint paul, minnesota

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ash wednesday

i suppose this was an appropriate find on a wednesday during easter week. ash twigs are among my favorite winter branches; so nubby and textured. they look far from ashen, though. look at those terminal buds, swollen and ready to burst!

winter ash twigs

lake vadnais, saint paul, minnesota

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ghost of winter past

i pulled this anemic winter leaf from a vine this afternoon on my daily walk. i’m pretty sure it was a wild cucumber vine. the (lack of) color caught my attention. the leaf looked like i felt after this winter, a little damaged but still intact. as i was photographing the leaf two hours later, i thought to myself, “this will be my homage, my send off, to a long difficult winter. from here on out, i will focus only on spring and promise and renewal”. then i got in the car to pick up my son from school, and the weather report said ‘70% chance of snow over the next two days.” i laughed. but anemically.

end of winter leaf

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i love those end of winter leaves

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  • tara soucy says:

    The joke is on us, here in Maine, as well. I woke up to snow this morning that has obscured all the Spring clean-up from days before. Oh well…..

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  • Chel says:

    Love this photo. And too, exactly how I felt a few weeks ago as well. Spent. Longest winter ever.

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deadhead

i was just square enough in college never to attend a grateful dead concert, which was an almost superhuman feat in madison wisconsin in the 1980s. today i cut some dried flowers from their stalks in our prairie, which is the closest i’ve been to a deadhead in quite a few years.

winter garden pruning, seedpods

saint paul, minnesota

  • amazing. fascinating. unique. beautiful blog!!! visiting for the first time. hopped over from amy@four corners blog. will be back : )

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    • Hello Cathy, and welcome to STILL blog;
      I am so glad you like it! Looking forward to “seeing” more of you :-)
      Mary Jo

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  • Kendra says:

    This really made me laugh for some reason! Thank you!

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bird down

elegant black and tans.

feathers of a virginia rail

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    what soft little lovelies

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