colorful companion

i love sumac. i love its feathery texture against the other roadside greens in the summer, i love that its leaves are the first to burst into joyous flame in the fall, and i love the burnt red seed head it leaves behind bright against the grays and whites of winter. honk if you love sumac!

sumac leaves in early october

saint paul, minnesota

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ashes to ashes

these ash leaves rose as sap last spring, and fell as leaves this autumn. so it goes.

ash leaves

saint anthony village, mn

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fearful symmetry

a collection of sun bleached bones found on the shores of the great salt lake in utah a couple of weeks ago.  i put them in a plastic bag and carried them home in my carry-on, grateful i didn’t have to explain anything to a customs officer, and musing on the absurdity of being able to carry animal bones across the country but no more than 2 fluid ounces of water.

i had originally thought they belonged to a former coyote, but now i am second guessing myself and thinking the delicate rib bones are too small for coyote.  maybe raccoon?  it’s all the same to me, they are both, since March of this year, “chicken predators” in my book.

great salt lake, utah

  • Kerry says:

    The lovely bones! I once knew someone who would reconstruct skeletons and suspend them for his ceiling.
    Beautiful photo!

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fiery bicycle tire

seasons are about abundance and scarcity. just when you think you never want to eat another strawberry, see another snowflake, mow another blade of grass, rake another leaf, suddenly there are no more strawberries, snowflakes, blades of grass, or turning leaves to be seen. here are a few flame tipped maple leaves to be acknowledged, before they disappear for another year beneath a blanket of fresh, unfamiliar snow.

green maple leaves tinged in orange

saint paul, minnesota

  • olya says:

    Love this! The colors are so vivid and still evoke that little sad feeling that comes with time passing. Very fortunate and promising caption.

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  • Diane says:

    I love this one too! I’m always taking pictures of leaves, flowers, etc., but I like how you arrange them.

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