freezing point

our temperatures have been hovering right around the freezing point, which is perfect for icicle making.  the icicles hanging from the eaves of most houses right now are spectacular in both size and shape.  this one, about 2 feet long, came from the eave in front of my sliding glass door.

saint paul, minnesota

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a change in perspective

for weeks it seems all i could see were twigs and stems.  now suddenly, all i see are buds.  buds everywhere waiting for the first warm days.  here in the north country, they will be waiting for several weeks yet.

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • janine says:

    love this

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    • still says:

      Thank you!

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not so big house

i spotted this little dwelling today.  the nest is carefully and beautifully lined with cattail fluff–so inviting.  i think it belonged to a very artful little yellow warbler.

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    aren’t nests amazing

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  • Sylvie says:

    I love your blog’s aesthetic, your lovely home, and this post. My husband found one on the hood of a neighborhood car, under our pine tree. It dropped quite a bit (20+ feet) but was perfectly intact. So amazing, how much ‘art’ was spun into a lovely home.

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unfurling

some of you may remember the orange tree leaves i posted a couple weeks ag0–the curled up dried ones from the tree that didn’t get watered while we were in france.  well, i pruned the tree back to a stump.  a single stalk.  i expected to have to throw it away in spring.  well, to my pleasant surprise it is not only budding but thriving.  here is some of the new growth. i love the rumpled texture of these newly unfurled leaves.

i thought you all might need a break from snow covered branches and twigs.  february has to be the trickiest month for finding inspiration in minnesota.

indoor orange tree leaves

saint paul, minnesota

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ring of fire

feathers from the crest of a pileated woodpecker who was too beautiful to leave entirely on the side of the road

saint paul, minnesota

  • Sian says:

    A beautiful tribute : )

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    • still says:

      Thank you Sian! That is what I was striving for.

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