i don’t normally do hearts and flowers

i wanted to photograph lilacs today because they are everywhere.  everywhere. this lilac heart was a surprise. i had simply made a tight bouquet, and shot it from above, but when i downloaded it later, it not only had this loose heart shape, but even looked as if the flowering panicles had arranged themselves into chambers. a happy accident.

lilacs in late may

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    love it but very weird spam above :(

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robin’s egg blue

 

i am not a thrift store shopper.  i have no patience for rummaging through other peoples cast-offs looking for gems.  and yet, i was utterly thrilled to find this cast-off robin egg on my morning walk.  i guess it is all a matter of context.

robin egg

rice creek regional trail

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i adore finding natures treasures

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may bouquet

this weekend i got to spend two and a half days in new york city.  taxi tires hammering cobblestone streets, suvs honking the minute the light turns green, the smell of fish sauce, pizza crust, espresso, and masa harina, police sirens, boom boom cars, foreign languages, foreign accents, american accents, shouts, laughter, sales pitches, and sore feet. i am energized and exhausted both. this morning i was back on my familiar walk, on the rice creek regional trail, with my dog.  i heard an oriole, saw bluebirds, goldfinches, and ospreys, listened to the clickety clickety of Jack’s toenails, and smelled wet soil.  i love both these places.  but if i had to choose only one, forever, i would choose the latter.  and it is only in the last few years that i have come to understand this about myself. i turned 49 a week ago today.

a bouquet of may greenery

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    gorgeous tribute to the end of may

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  • Sarah says:

    That too is the life I would choose – some days I wish there were no iphones, police sirens and boom boom cars as so many people have forgotten the natural joys in life. I’ve been so happy to discover your beautiful blog and thank you for the daily reminders :)

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midnight snack

we just got home from a guerilla family run to nyc.  we were welcomed home by the mini drama above playing out on our kitchen window. quite a different reception from the noisy hipster welcome we had received three nights earlier at the front desk of the ace hotel at 29th and broadway.  to capture the frog/moth standoff, i had my husband stand outside, under the flood light, holding a sheet of white paper, and i shot the photo through the window.  the moth was attracted to the light.  the frog was attracted to the moth.  to end any uncomfortable suspense, the moth got away.

tree frog and moth

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    my kind of drama but i am sure your trip to NYC was fun

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annual growth

i love white pine.  it one of the trees that defines our northern forests. if i am in a place that has lots of healthy, mature white pines, then things are probably okay.

new growth candles on a white pine branch

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    it is my very favourite evergreen

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  • lisa Jurist says:

    beautiful

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