hanging by a thread

today the wind blew all but the most tenacious clumps of wet snow from  branches, stems, and tendrils in our woods, and we watched harmless white snow bombs fall from the sky and explode sparkingly in the afternoon sunshine.

saint paul, minnesota

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happy valentine’s day!

i suppose a heart rock would be more appropriate for valentine’s day.  and, indeed, i have a lot of heart rocks to pick from.  but, these yellow weeping willow switches are what caught my heart today.  so i am sharing them with you.  happy valentine’s day!

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    that would be a very beautiful design for embroidery

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freeze thaw

the icicles on the eaves are beautiful right now: long, blue, corrugated cones. the weather has been just warm enough to melt the snow from the roof but just cold enough to freeze the hanging drips before they fall. the pair in this photo were medium sized at about two feet.

my roof, saint paul, minnesota

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stickery stack

 

 

 

 

this tower of chestnuts from southern france looks like a pile of hedgehogs to me.  which makes me smile.

autignac, france

  • roxanne says:

    these look like ostrich heads to me!

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cattails or cats’ tails?

cattails are one of the prominent features of my landscape right now.  the snow has bent and covered almost everything but these sturdy stalks.  and we have a lot of them!  but it was the striped coloration that most caught my attention today.  i don’t think i have ever seen it quite so striped before.  it looks to me like tiger or tabby…like real cats’ tails.

cattails from turtle lake shoreline, saint paul, minnesota

  • janine says:

    sharp observation, I’ve never seen them look that way either. I like the horizontal stacking design.

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