deep roots

my husband and i fit in a walk today before the snow began to fall.  no joke.  4-8 inches forecast on april 22. it’s too much. but then there was this streamside mullein that somehow stayed a little bit green, if raggedly so, under several feet of snow over the last 6 months. we could all take a lesson.

mullein

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    love those furry leaves

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red matches

this red maple, visible out my back window, has been waiting for several weeks to burst into flame. the last snow of a very late winter is melting and may provide the final spark.

saint paul, minnesota

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mourning

this was the other half of the pair that flew into house this week.  a rough week for many of us in the united states.

fox sparrow

saint paul, minnesota

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disorienting

remember the pussy willow poplar buds i posted one week ago today and i declared that our delayed spring had to be right around the corner?  well, these are those very same buds photographed an hour ago.  i had set the branch out on my front stoop.  we got about six inches of heavy wet snow last night. everything was covered in white.   the bright april sun has been bouncing off an entirely white landscape all day. it’s completely disorienting.

on my front step, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    same happened here this morning

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  • margie says:

    love the maple buds and flowers

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fox sparrow

while the kids were sitting in front of the fire doing homework, and i was sitting at my computer editing yesterday’s milkweed photo, we heard two closely spaced thumps from what sounded like the next room.  the kids looked up startled and asked “what was that?”.  i assured them it nothing to worry about. sadly, an hour later my son found a pair of dead fox sparrows on our deck.  the odd thing about it, was that i think they hit the wall, and not a window.  i wonder if they were in a mating chase.

we were all pretty shook up about it.  my husband has been throwing seed out his office window for these guys for the past three weeks, and we had all got pretty attached to their entertaining two footed jump-kick scratching in the leaf litter.

found on our deck, saint paul, minnesota

p.s tonight i have an art opening from 7-10 pm at light grey art lab in minneapolis, minneosta.  please join me if you are in town.

  • Tracy Klinesteker says:

    May they rest in peace. Too bad so many homes are in the way now of their living.

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  • Hiya!

    I came across the blog with a Google search and wanted to ask if I could use this image as one of my book covers? Could you get in touch perhaps?

    Cheers

    Alexander

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