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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bumblebee

i found this little friend in the kitchen skylight, exhausted from trying to escape our house through a quarter inch of solid plexiglass. i took him outside to let him go, but first snapped a shot for STILL.  he was an uncooperative subject.

bumblebee

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    he was just misbeehaving

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  • Valerie says:

    She. Foraging bees are all female. Wonderful photo. I love your STILL.

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low maintenance friends

everyone needs friends who are always there when you need them, and who don’t ask for much. no drama, no neediness. a low maintenance presence thriving over there in the shade. everyone, in other words, needs a little hosta. i love my hostas, which, in addition to all of the above, almost never invite me to join facebook, or forward me links to cat videos.

variegated hosta

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    thanks for making me smile

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small flower big scent

i love how protective this leaf is of its delicate charge.

lily of the valley

saint paul, minnesota

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  • margie says:

    from my porch i have lilac bushes on the east side and a wild patch of lily of the valley on the left. My front lawn is mostly oregano. I think you might imagine how wonderful it smells there.

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  • Lizabeth says:

    Beautiful! Did you know that Lily of the Valley is very poisonous? All parts – found this out reading Amy Stewart’s Wicked Plants – who knew? Even the water that the flowers are put in! I could get into a front yard of oregano :)

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a leafy snack

under the mature maple tree that grows beside our deck there are a dozen of these hopeful sprouts.  every spring they shoot up.  none of them makes it.  i assume they lose the battle for sunlight and water with the parent tree. but it could as easily be that those tender leaves are perfect late afternoon deer snacks. the whitetail equivalent of the loose handful of chocolate covered almonds i snuck earlier today.

sugar maple sapling

saint paul, minnesota

 

 

  • margie says:

    such a beautiful little maple sapling

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  • Gabriel says:

    I hope you don’t mind me using this as my desktop background. It’s somewhat calming, something I can’t quite seem to come by these days.

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