my son has a bug collection. his bug board dates from two summers ago, so some of the specimens are getting a little, well, brittle. this cicada wing spun to the floor like a maple seed when I tried to move the collection today.
cicada wing venation
saint paul, minnesota
okay, this is it, all my rocks in one place. i have been sorting, gathering, organizing–collecting my collections. most of these rocks come from the north shore of lake superior. but some of them, i recognize, came from various beaches in brittany and languedoc in france. right now it all sits in the middle of my living room floor where i set up for this photo. i will need to find a proper home for them. eventually.
atlantic ocean, mediterranean sea, and lake superior beach rocks
my eye has been wandering to all the seed clusters that will soon be covered up with green foliage. i like the grays and browns of winter, i think it is my favorite palette. but by march even i am ready for a break.
this came from a landscape planting beside my dentist’s office; i don’t know the name. it will be easier to identify in two months.
when you live in a very cold climate, winter survival often becomes the only defense mechanism you need. in complete contrast to our mediterranean environment in southwest france, very few plants here have thorns, and very few of our bugs are poisonous and, well, we simply have very few reptiles, poisonous or not. so although this looks like a crown of thorns, it is merely a ring of beautifully gnarled and stunted little twigs, from a land of very short growing seasons.
rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota
almost all of these shells come from one of two beaches: north captiva island in florida on the gulf of mexico, or the long beach between marseillan plage and sète on the mediterranean coast of france. happy places.