full spectrum bouquet

i think of minnesota as mostly green in the summer, and colorful in the fall.  but as we drove north to pick up our daughter at camp, all the roadsides for 200 miles were brilliantly strewn with wildflowers: red-orange and yellow hawkweed, white and yellow daisies, yellow birdsfoot trefoil, purple clover, blue flag irises, and great heads of pink and purple lupine. a feast for nectar-hungry pollinators, and for asphalt-weary eyes.

common summer wildflowers of northern minnesota

ely, minnesota

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uncensored

these are lake superior rocks i had among my baskets of cherished beach rocks. on monday i will be in northern minnesota picking up my daughter from her 10 day boundary waters canoe area (bwca) camping adventure. i am eager to hear all her stories. since i wasn’t going to be around to pick a fresh photo subject for monday, i had to put something together over the weekend from among the materials at hand. as is often the case, working fast, without time to censor, yielded a pleasant surprise. beach rocks sunny side up.

beach rocks

lake superior, minnesota

  • margie says:

    you should serve them for breakfast next april fools day

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  • janine says:

    Margie is funny – and I love this, being the stone freak that I am. Nice!

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which came first?

in our house, prim came first. then her egg. we are very proud.

golden buff pullet egg with bloom

saint paul, minnesota

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introducing Prim

so far you you’ve met effie and rue.  this is prim. prim has the most beautiful markings of all her sisters, like a lace shawl draped over her back. we were told to expect our first eggs some time in july.  so we have begun checking the nesting boxes every morning. the prediction that chickens would be less work than a dog, but more work than a cat has so far proved about accurate. we love our girls, and they seem to love their home and us. we are getting excited for œufs à la coque.

cinnamon comet (aka golden buff) chicken at four months

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    what a beautiful chicken

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the devil is in the details

i was so fond of my thistle bouquet i wanted to show one more image of it.  i usually don’t show two images of the same subject, but i love the wild grape vine twine binding the sheaf of thorny thistle stems (say that 5 times fast). it’s something about all that texture…

wild grape vine wrapped around a bouquet of musk thistle

saint paul, minnesota

 

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