from the desk of a collector

the orange viceroy wing has sat, exposed and unprotected, on my collections table for months. i have no idea where i would have found it; a windshield or a sidewalk are likely candidates. the top two were precious gifts from an earnest nine year old boy who spends a lot of time exploring the back yard. the origin of the bottom wing is cloaked in mystery.

collection of found wings: katydid, cicada, viceroy, mourning cloak

all found in minnesota

  • margie says:

    i find wings so similar to leaves

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  • Tom says:

    Beautiful!

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  • Dede says:

    Your art is both amazing and makes a statement about nature, our lives, truth and beauty. Thank you so much for sharing this with me!

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    • You give me way more credit than I deserve but thank you very much!

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florets and stems

right brain. left brain in a single image–not unlike it’s maker, the artist-engineer.

common knapweed

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Manisha says:

    Your images are lovely, but the words are always a wonderful delight.

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hidden strength

this winter stem, so apparently frail and ghostly, was actually six feet tall, and appeared to be shedding the biting winter wind with panache. i fell in love with its wispy beauty hiding such inner strength–the katherine hepburn of trailside minnesota weeds.

unidentified weed with just a hint of some shredded seed pods that look like siliques, but i can’t be sure.

snail lake regional park, saint paul, mn

  • margie says:

    gorgeous

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  • LW says:

    she is strong.

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draining

looking at several more days of teens and twenties below zero. school keeps getting canceled. getting in the car for groceries is more of an adventure than it should be. our usual orderly winter routine has been swirling down the drain.

an arrangement of colorado blue spruce needles

lino lakes, minnesota

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a winter reprieve

what crazy weather we are experiencing.¬† three days off of school already due to extreme cold, and two more likely next week. only one other time in recorded history have we had temps this consistently low. but suddenly, today¬† we warmed up to 32F/0C for one glorious afternoon. warm enough to get outside for a long walk with the dog. warm enough to let the chickens outside most of the day. tomorrow, it’s back into the deep freeze.

a collection of winter leaves

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Traci says:

    Yes, my family in Minnesota is needing winter to be over. Stay safe and warm!

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