galaxy helianthus

my fifteen year old just got her driver’s permit. today while coming home from soccer practice i asked her to pull over sharply, in a construction zone, and put on her hazards, so i could jump out of the car and grab a few stems. she couldn’t remember learning that move in driver’s ed.

these wild sunflowers are growing on six foot high plants, each with multiple flowers, in large colonies on many of our roadsides right now. a glorious celebration of high summer. i don’t know why a double armed galaxy shape suggested itself to me, but my husband saw it and started giggling about poor humanity, trapped, according to douglas adams, “far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy.”

wild sunflower

along snelling avenue, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i love the image and the analogy


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little rascals

i decided to work with cattails today because i thought the dark brown flowers against the green stems would be so appealing. little did i know that the crooked alfalfa cowlicks sticking up from the tops of their heads would steal the show.

cattails from my backyard

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • Dianne says:

    Catching up on your blog after a time away for my mum’s 90th. It’s a joy, as usual, to see the entries. But I realized today that the font is darker and I can read it so much better. Thank you!

    • I am glad you noticed the darker font :-)
      Congrats on your mother’s 90th, you are lucky to have her around so long.
      Mary Jo

  • Candice says:

    Stunning! However, cattails means summer is nearing its end. Still love them though.

  • Karen Baruth says:

    Came to visit because of MSL article. Congratulations and your blog and photography are stunning.

  • Fan-tastic!


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water lily

i checked the minnesota dnr website today to make sure i could legally pick a water lily.  my husband thought they might be a protected species. it turns out you can. but i still promised him this would be the one and and only one i would ever pick for STILL blog. given our local environment here in lake country, i felt STILL blog was missing something important without water lilies.

white water lily and lily pads

lake valentine, saint paul, minnesota

  • Perfectly beautiful, exquisite in fact. Do you get little froggies on those lily pads I wonder? And dragonflies hovering above?


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dark-hearted sunshine

a week ago i posted a bouquet of these black-eyed susans. then i left them to dry on my kitchen floor.  i’d like to say it was intentional, but it was just lazy.  anyway, the flower heads dried in these wild fantastic shapes.

dried black-eyed susan

saint paul, minnesota

  • Margie says:

    I adore those shapes

  • Allyn May says:

    I love this! Such organic beauty could not have been planned!


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