useful decoration

these linden blossoms caught my attention as i pulled into to the bank today.  the yellow-green ribbons looked like party decorations. i learned that they are called bract, and they are there to launch the ripened seed-clusters just a little beyond the parent tree.

linden leaves and blossoms

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    gorgeous image

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on being patient

there is a college near us that has a very impressive allée lined with tulips.  i have been waiting for them to die back so i wouldn’t feel so sheepish making off with a handful.  in the end i think their late middle age might be more beautiful than even their full youthful bloom.  so, approaching 50 myself, i am glad i waited.

end of spring tulips

northwestern college, saint paul, minnesota

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growth ring

the spruces have all burst their buds around here. as they did last year. as they will do next year. they  wave their tender, waxy branch tips in the early summer breeze. if you grab a handful and pull, your palm smells like december.

white spruce

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i love watching the squirrels nibble on them. It must be such a spring delight for them.

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slice of fir

in our first home, we had fir floors that planted several nasty splinters in each of our feet over the years. the floor redeemed itself by greeting us each morning with its matte sheen and its deep honey and cherry colors.  i am still sort of mesmerized by it.

fir

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i would be too

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rickenella fibula?

found growing in damp oak leaves on the edge of a a northern deciduous woodland. little help?

tiny orange mushrooms

my back yard,saint paul, minnesota

 

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