a new old favorite

 

arrowhead plants have always been a favorite, but i didn’t know that this water’s edge find brought to me by my son was my old friend arrowhead in a new disguise. but google told me so this evening and if it’s on the internet it must be true.

broadleaf arrohead, sagittaria latifolia

turtle lake, minnesota

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ankle ticklers

my kids made the sweetest gesture the other day with out even realizing it. they spent a morning floating around the shallows of turtle lake, on eva’s paddleboard, to gather a sample of each kind of lake weed they could find. what I found at lunchtime was a bucket by my desk, filled to overflowing with weeds, and a note: “for STILL Blog, Mom”.  here are the results.

common minnesota lake weeds (wild celery, curly-leaf pondweed, cabbage leaf pondweed and others)

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    your children are so sweet

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  • Marty says:

    Just discovered your wonderful, inspirational blog via MSL. I appreciate your creativity and wish we were neighbors. Thank you for doing this blog.

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accidents happen

here’s the little secret behind this photo.  i was photographing this little line up of puffball mushrooms (or possibly false puffballs) that i found in my backyard today, when my camera slipped from its tripod and slammed into the mushrooms. the exploded puffballs were far more interesting than the shot i had been taking. the camera was fine.  so, once again, a happy accident.

pear-shaped puffball mushrooms

saint paul, minnesota

  • Margie says:

    I love happy accidents

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autumn in august

the ten acres of woods that lies between our home and the main road is still a dense wall of almost impenetrable green.  until yesterday. when i found this one blood-red vein climbing up the trunk of an enormous elm. fall, fall stay away. come back some other day.

virginia creeper vine

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    lili stopped to pause at the garden gate yesterday to admire the red leaves of the ivy. We are getting summer like weather here this week with the start of fall colours. A beautiful combination.

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  • wendy says:

    i love your work and also hearing about a different perspective. where we live, in Texas, the thought of the first cold front of fall is the only thing that keeps me from going crazy during the heat of summer. :)

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a study in secondary colors

went to check on the bees this morning, and noticed that everything in bloom, with the exception of one brash tiger lily, was some variation of purple.

a collection of purple wildflowers and one orange tiger lily

from my yard, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    purple flowers are so lovely and dominant at this time of year along with the yellows. I had my sept issue of MSL delivered to my office today and although i thought it would be hard to love you and your family anymore than i already do without actually meeting you, I do :)

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