dark-hearted sunshine

a week ago i posted a bouquet of these black-eyed susans. then i left them to dry on my kitchen floor.  i’d like to say it was intentional, but it was just lazy.  anyway, the flower heads dried in these wild fantastic shapes.

dried black-eyed susan

saint paul, minnesota

  • Margie says:

    I adore those shapes

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  • Allyn May says:

    I love this! Such organic beauty could not have been planned!

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black and white and red all over

we have a small group of pileated woodpeckers around the house lately.  we’ve seen as many as six together at once. we have never seen this behavior  before, and we know that pileated woodpeckers don’t flock. after doing some internet digging, i think it may be a male-female pair and their brood of four fledglings. whether flock or family, it has been a wondrous few days of sights and sounds.

wing feather of a pileated woodpecker

found in our yard, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i only see the very large woodpeckers when i go for walks in a nearby forest early in morning

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confetti and ribbons

the linden trees that line many of the streets of minneapolis and saint paul are loaded with fruit right now. i am very fond of these tiny pea-sized fruits so delicately attached to their brightly colored ribbon bracts.

linden (tilia) tree fruits

community park, saint paul, minnesota

  • Margie says:

    So pretty

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efficient storage

this is our first sample of honey and nectar from our bees that we have gotten so far this year. the cells above that are sealed are full of honey, and the open cells are full of nectar.  the bees are waiting for the nectar to evaporate a bit more before they seal it off to provide winter food for the hive.

honeycomb with nectar and honey from our backyard hive

saint paul, minnesota

  • Eeva says:

    How lovely to see such things, think “oh, this can’t be real” and know that it is!

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  • Margie says:

    Such a fantastic image

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