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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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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