lbm (little brown mushroom)
found in leafy duff in the woods in front of my house
my son found this little short tailed shrew in the tall grass beside the pond. shrews? who knew? we see a lot of field mice around here. and we have effectively handed sovereignty over our yard to the moles that dig networks of tunnels just under the grass. but shrews? they weren’t on my radar. apparently this little guy’s dusky beauty hides a voracious predatory appetite, as well as a little groove on the back side of each lower incisor that injects his poisonous saliva into his victims. and i just thought he was cute…
northern short tailed shrew found in my backyard
saint paul, minnesota
growing organic apples often involves adjusting expectations about what a beautiful apple looks like. these untended beauties from the corner of a friend’s back yard hide perfect apple-crisp tartness behind their only slightly blemished skin. beauty is much more than skin deep.
untended apple tree branch with apples
northeast minneapolis, minnesota