tar spots

invariably these little black fungus spots are called “unsightly.” i find them sort of adorable. like the prints our dog makes on the white floor unknowingly when he’s just come in from trying to dig something up out of the back yard.

tar spot fungus on silver maple leaves

island lake trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Traci says:

    This image isn’t showing up for me for some reason. I’ll have to check back. :]

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    • Hi Traci,
      Thanks for the heads up. Let me know if you continue to have problems so I can look into it!
      Mary Jo

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  • Charo says:

    Cuanta belleza en la composicion y en los contrastes. !!

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  • Carol Sommers says:

    I agree – adorable!

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tipped scale

we minnesotans talk about the weather because it is the most dramatic thing about our landscape. we don’t have oceans or gorges or mountains or the big sky of the western plains and southwestern deserts. we have lakes, which are pretty and placid but which are not, with the exception of lake superior, dramatic. we are, however, on the 45th parallel in the middle of our continent and we can have 130 degree temperature swings between high summer and low winter. all of which helps explain our weather obsession, and the reason  behind this photo, which stands as a marker of the day when a brief, gorgeous period of equilibrium between warm green summer and colorful fall tipped irreversibly in the direction of the latter. a chilly day blew down most of the remaining leaves today, and in 24 hours it went from color-on-color october to gray-on-brown november in my back yard.

a collection of late october finds: crabapples, nest, turkey feather, bracket fungus, pinecone, birdseye knot, dried leaves and weeds

shoreview, minnesota

  • Manisha says:

    That was a perfect description of the drama here in Minnesota. With such a lovely autumn, I’m ready to switch gears, at least that’s what I’m telling myself today.

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the very hungry caterpillar

between my husband and me, i believe we read the book “the very hungry caterpiller” to our two kids between 367,594 times and 367, 632 times. that is why i know the book begins with the words, “in the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf.” if you read my instagram today, you will understand that the egg was lying on a leaf, and had probably lain on the leaf since its mother had laid it, and left it lying there, laid bare for birds lying in wait to lay claim to both the lying egg and its laying mother.

beetle eaten leaves on an unidentified vine

grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  • LW says:

    i really dislike seeing my leaves like this…but it is nature!

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#bestfallever

i got back from the grocery store this afternoon, and for some reason, today was the day i reached a saturation point with gargantuan blemish-free grocery store fruit. let me start by acknowledging what a first-world problem this is. but we bought a bag of petite and delicious pears at a natural foods store about a week ago, and they served as perfect, pointedly sweet snacks and lunch box treats all week long. then today i found myself in our local traditional grocery store produce section, and i saw grapes the size of plums and pears the size of dinner bells and honeycrisp apples the size of grapefruits and grapefruits the size of melons, and melons the size of toyotas. i couldn’t do it. it all looked just a little bit frankensteinian and unappetizing. then on an afternoon walk, i passed a forgotten crabapple tree along an obscure side trail, and its correctly sized, perfectly imperfect fruit made my mouth water and my heart skip a beat.

crab apples in october

grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i feel the same way in the grocery store , even in the organic section.

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tremors

everything is in motion right now. eva took the ACT today, which is step one toward leaving home in a couple of years. all the leaves are falling. my husband just realized that his book is going to take another year-plus, instead of another 2 months. that means i will have to spend this winter not finding him agents, but actually deciding what what to do next with my life. it was going to be way easier to find steve an agent.

beech leaves in october

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Charmian McLellan says:

    The leaves look like Glimmer!

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  • Dianne says:

    All the best with your decision making!

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  • margie says:

    exciting that he is writing a book and also that you have a choice as what to do next with your life. I find the uncertainty to be a wonderful thing.

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