the beginning is in the end

one of my favorite things to come across in winter are the dried up wild cucumber vines

they are such a vivid reminder of my unsupervised childhood spent roaming empty fields

each of these dried pods has burst and spat out four new seeds for next year

saint paul, minnesota

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little fists

poplar leaves in winter

i love the gray and brown palette of winter, set off as it is  against the white snow

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • beautiful little fellows.

    xoxo
    agnes

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    • still says:

      thank you Agnes!
      your blog (iiiinspired) is…dare i say it…beautiful!
      nice to “meet” you,
      Mary Jo

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radial symmetry

on florida beaches, sand dollars are not that hard to find, especially after storms

but every time i find them i am more thrilled than had i found a crisp new dollar bill

 

these lovelies are from the gulf coast of florida and are called keyhole sand dollars

north captiva island, florida

p.s. the sand dollar is really a burrowing sea urchin

  • Your photos are wonderful , I love them all !
    ♥Catharina♥

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  • It feels like I’ve come across this blog before on but after browsing at some of the material I realized it’s
    new to me. In any case, I’m quite pleased I located it and I’ll be
    bookmarking it and checking back often.

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velcro

“after taking his dog for a walk one day in the early 1940s, george de mestral, a swiss inventor, became curious about the seeds of the burdock plant that had attached themselves to his clothes and to the dog’s fur. under a microscope, he looked closely at the hook-and-loop system that the seeds use to hitchhike on passing animals aiding seed dispersal, and he realised that the same approach could be used to join other things together. the result was velcro.“

i love this story because STILL blog is the result of may daily walks with my puggle Jack.

burdock

saint paul, minnesota

  • olga says:

    such a wonderful story, thank you
    once again feeling that
    nature is our best teacher ever.

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  • margie says:

    i love seeing these frosted with snow at this time of year

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  • beautiful! such a lovely sentiment too.

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transparency

i never tire of seeing the bold blue jays.  yes, they tend to  bully the other birds off the feeder.  but their bright blue plumage is such a treat in winter.

they don’t seem to easily give up their feathers either. for i find very few of them.  or perhaps it is because everyone else is picking them up and taking them home too.

saint paul, minnesota

 

 

 

  • i absolutely love this photo. it is gorgeous. i once heard that if you see a blue jay when pregnant it means you are having a boy. both times i was pregnant i saw blue jays the day i found out – had three boys! (two were twins).

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    • still says:

      What an incredible story. Three boys! Fun. I have never heard that. I am going to see if I can track down the origin of that story. Thanks for sharing.
      Mary Jo

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