red accents on a winter landscape

this is the time of year i really start to take notice of all the dogwood in my environment. it likes most soil, so we have a  lot of it.  the brilliant red against the brown and white backdrop of winter is a day brightener.  each thicket appears to have its own shade of red.  i assumed it was due to varying nutrients in the soil.  but wiki tells me it has more to do with relative amounts of sun and shade. whatever wiki, i love them.

red osier dogwood

rice creek regional trial, saint paul, minnesota

 

  • margie says:

    i feel the same way about dogwood and also about yellow willow branches in the winter.

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a winter bouquet

today the temperature got to 6 degrees C, almost spring like for minnesota in january

so i was inspired to make a bouquet while i walked the dog

rice creek regional trial, saint paul, minnesota

 

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natural flocking

another photo from yesterday’s dusting

norway spruce

saint paul, minnesota

 

  • janine says:

    like this

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sprinkle with powdered sugar

we woke up this morning to a fresh dusting of snow: all was bright and white.

balsam fir in my side yard

saint paul, minnesota

 

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precision engineering

ruffed grouse wing

the whole wing is beautiful, but the leading edge vanes of the primary feathers are arresting

superior national forest, near grand marais, minnesota

  • janine says:

    Beautiful. I have a feather collection, each one is a work of art.

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