funeral flowers

fading but not forgotten.

orchid blossoms from a plant i received six months ago when my father passed away.

 

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something deep

there is something deep to be said about youth and beauty here, but all i know is that my brain has dropped a few needles over the years.

spruce branches

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Sara says:

    This made me laugh this morning. I can relate!

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  • Juergen says:

    some of the needles may be gone but the twigs are still there.

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a winter color wheel

who say’s a northern winter isn’t colorful?

inside out: red cedar berries, dead spruce needles, blue spruce needles, raspberry cane pieces, unidentified brown winter seed heads

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i really find the snowy whiteness really brings out the nature’s winter colours , shapes and contours

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  • LW says:

    i’m hoping spring lands right in the middle of that beautiful bullseye very soon.

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nested

i assembled this little grouping of avian treasures from among my collections. none of these things go together, except i think that is a cardinal egg, and i know that’s a cardinal nest because of the strip of birch bark the mama always starts assembling with. finding little tiny treasures like these while i am out walking are so thrilling to me. little, unexpected rewards for paying attention.

a avian collection:  cardinal nest, blue jay feather, cardinal egg, woodpecker pin feather, gull bone

all from my backyard, except the gull bone which is from grand marais harbor beach

  • LW says:

    They are indeed!

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  • Joanne says:

    what a beautiful collection – and such a stunning blue feather!

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    • Thank You Joanne! The blue feather is a North American Blue Jay. One of my favorites.
      Mary Jo

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twig font

speaking my language.

alphabet made with bits of raspberry canes

raspberry from my back yard, saint paul, minnesota

 

 

  • margie says:

    lili would love this xx

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  • julie says:

    This is aewsome! Any chance of a print or poster?
    ps I live in nyc and my daughter goes to Macalester, so your blog is another way I feel connected to her out there :)

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  • LW says:

    Perfect!

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  • Roz Stendahl says:

    As lovely and fun as you described it Mary Jo! Thank you again for talking to the Journal Collective last night and sharing your lovely artwork and insights!
    Roz

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    • Hi Roz,
      It was so much fun! Thank you for inviting me. That group is such a wonderful thing you have created. Kudos to you!
      I was honored to have been invited to speak,
      Mary Jo

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