nature is the best designer

when i started STILL blog, i had in mind that i would gravitate toward subjects that made bold graphic statements. like this one. but over time i got distracted. with color, and texture, and pattern, and shape, and…hey! check that out over there!

locust leaves

saint paul, minnesota

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future fruit

we have had raspberries and blackberries in our yard(s) for over twenty years.  they are  my kids’ all time favorite summer foods.  how in the world did i never notice how gorgeous these blackberry blossoms are?  honestly. my son brought me a handful of blossoms this afternoon, and i am absolutely smitten.  flowers for the soul, nectar for the bees, and food for the kids.  a perfect trifecta.

blackberry blossoms

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    they look so pretty arranged here

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a friend from dixie

we discovered this beautiful migrant in our back yard the first spring after we bought our house. after looking barren all through may, it suddenly flamed into life in june, and it has been the last tree to blossom in our yard every year since. i suppose, as a native of the south, it needs a little more convincing than its northern neighbors that summer is really here to stay.

redbud buds

in my backyard, saint paul minnesota

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sedges, reeds, and rushes

before reaching water, our dock passes through about 50 meters of cattails and then 25 meters of these reed-like plants.  i have the hardest time identifying these wetland plants.  and it is no wonder–these bulrushes, called club-rush in europe, are actually not a form of rush at all, but rather a form of sedge.  now i understand the source of my confusion.

bulrush (aka common club-rush)

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i think sedges with their triangular stems are so cool

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  • Jenn says:

    Memory trick I learned in plant ID class – ‘Rushes are round and sedges have edges.’

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  • Monika says:

    I adore your pictures!
    I love to kayak through these–they make the best swooooooshing sound as one slowly paddles through.

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maple seed fractals

busy green helicopters have been whirlybirding down from our backyard sugar maple. i intended to sweep them off our deck this afternoon, and instead found myself making patterns.

sugar maple seeds

saint paul, minnesota

  • Peggy says:

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  • margie says:

    it looks perfect with firefox :)
    i like how some of these parts look like double helix (dna)

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  • chel says:

    love this!!!

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