the older i get, the more i gravitate to the old and weathered shells on the beach. not so many years ago i passed over the broken shells wanting only perfection. now, i find the shell on the right, with it’s exposed insides and interesting textures, far more beautiful and inviting.
florida fighting conch shells
found on the beaches of north captiva island, on the gulf coast of florida
my yard, saint paul, minnesota
it’s likely he flew into the glass on the front door
our house, minnesota
i think my favorite walking trail in the twin cities is the five mile trail that runs along the east shore of vadnais lake. there is mature open hardwood forest on one side and sparkling lake on the other–making either sun or shade an option on any given day depending on the side of the trail you walk on. dogs are not allowed, which is one of the reasons 1) it is so abundant with wildlife, and 2) i don’t visit it often.
this single wild mint stem was found along the trail.
vadnais lake trail, saint paul, minnesota
yesterday i picked up these horsetail stems, which, today, I wouldn’t have seen at all, because today everything is blanketed in four inches of fresh snow. i think we are last in line for spring this year. i love the black and white joints. i think the pattern would make for fun tights.
horsetail is a living fossil. it used to dominate the understory of paleozoic forests, but now, among other locations, it grows politely along the swampy edge of rice creek.
rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota