corona

a collection of lilies from the local highway median, where construction is scheduled to last until fall. yes, technically it was stealing, and the kids winced when i walked in the kitchen with bouquet of illicit flowers. but i saw them there, showy and bright and begging for an audience, among piles of gravel and sand, under the neglectful watch of a collection of excavators, backhoes, and bulldozers, and i couldn’t resist. i hope you don’t mind serving as their more deserving audience.

lilies in august

highway 96, saint paul, minnesota

 

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win-win

i picked this carpet of clover from my driveway and brought it to my studio (aka the kitchen counter). so my driveway got weeded and STILL blog got lucky. everybody wins.

clover

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    it is so beautiful

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  • I love your work. :)

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  • Dolores says:

    I searched and searched but could not find a four leafed clover for good luck bit I feel lucky to have found this blog!

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repetition

my husband brought me this blade of tallgrass for STILL blog. at first, i thought it was pretty plain and boring, but i photographed it anyway, and then sort of fell in love with its striking simplicity.

switchgrass

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    simply beautiful

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may apples in august

i love the subtle shading of these may apples. according to wild food enthusiasts they are poisonous until they are not–sometime in the fall. think i’ll just enjoy them visually.

may apple fruits in august

saint paul, minnesota

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not enough calcium

all our girls are laying now. we have been getting one egg per hen, six eggs a day, for a week or more. occasionally we get only five. then yesterday, for the first time ever, we got seven!  this was the seventh egg.  inside was normal, but the shell was soft and pliable.  we had heard that we would get a lot of variation in the eggs at first. but this one surprised us.  even with crushed oyster shell supplements it appears they don’t have quite enough calcium to make two whole eggs shells a day.

failed egg of a newly-laying golden buff chicken

saint paul, minnesota

  • Diane says:

    Interesting! I had to read the details to see what in the world that was. One of the most fascinating things I’ve ever learned was when a student brought in a jar of eggs that were all from the same chicken. All different sizes. I had never really thought about the fact that a chicken must have more than one egg in there at the ready all the time. Glad I’m not a chicken!

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