pick up sticks

where’s the black stick i can use to start lifting these off the top of the pile, one after another, while my younger brother cries because he’s no good at this game? does pick up sticks even still exist? i hope so. younger brothers need to be taught a lesson.

dried autumn prairie grass stems

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Leslie Ann Rice says:

    Yes-Yes-Yes they do and I am playing with my Grandson.

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  • Margie says:

    I love that game and was pretty good at it in the day

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circling

i have spent three years with still blog related ideas fluttering down around me. this target pitch has encouraged me to gather them up, and put them in some kind of order.

wreath of boxelder seeds in winter

mineapolis, minnesota

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different shapes, one direction

we all want the same thing, in the end. to be a little bit different. and to fit in.

striped beach rocks in a well behaved line

bretagne, france

  • margie says:

    have a beautiful sunday

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  • Awesome.

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  • This is amazing. Your work is very inspiring to me..

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  • LW says:

    i love those lines on rocks. in fact i just love beautiful rocks in general. love how you put this together.

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hard cooked eggs

it is too cold to safely walk the the dog, and besides i have been distracted with gathering materials for my pitch to target next week, so i have turned to my beloved collections for my daily nature inspiration. do any of you collect egg shaped beach rocks?  i love finding them. if you ever happen upon a makeshift sand-nest on a beach filled with baby beach stone dinosaur eggs, you’ll know i was there. my signature graffiti.

nest with beach rock eggs

rocks from lake superior, nest from saint paul, minnesota

  • Susan says:

    Thank you. For every post.

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  • Candice says:

    I collect heart shaped rocks found along the English Channel.

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  • margie says:

    of course i do that

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  • Sandy says:

    Is there a particular place around Lake Superior where you find these beautifully colored and speckled rocks?

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    • Hi Sandy,
      Unfortunately there is no one perfect beach. We frequent all the beaches within an hour or so of Grand Marais. This small collection of five speckled round/egg rocks represents probably 10 years worth of looking!
      There are a lot so speckled rocks, but very few perfectly round or egg shaped ones. But it is worth the hunt…it is so fun when you find one! Like blue or red sea glass :-)
      Mary Jo

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at rest

this coyote on the side of the road was completely intact and peaceful looking. the violence of his end could only be guessed by the awkwardness of his slightly twisted posture. i like this image of his rear feet, casually crossed, as if taking his leisure where all his striving finally came to rest.

coyote

saint anthony village, minneapolis, minnesota

  • Prairie girl says:

    This image is simply beautiful…and sad. But, like you said, there’s a sort of peacefulness along with it. Thanks for sharing a lovely favorite creature of mine.

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