of all my collections, found eggs accumulate the most slowly, which makes each egg just a little bit precious. they can also be quite hard to identify–the above collection includes song birds, game birds, duck and turtle eggs.
i have been digging into my collections for inspiration because, let’s face it, this time of year in minnesota can be very…well…brown and twiggy. the snow is not quite gone, and what remains is dirty. everything the melting snow exposes is bedraggled and drab. spring arrives late here. On the other hand, when it arrives, it will arrive quickly. i can already see the buds starting to swell.
assorted eggs from minnesota and southwest france
seedpods are one of the STILL blog subjects i keep returning to. i wish i had taken better care of some of my specimens. now several of them have lost their seeds, and that is a little bit of lost magic.
seedpods are technically different from seed-heads, seed clusters, and seeds. seedpods are several-seeded vessels that split when ripe. they are milkweed pods. they are poppy pods. they are plane tree pods. they are water lotus pods. they are my current favorite.
assorted specimens from minnesota, california, and southwest france
the chicks are four weeks old already. they have reached their gawky adolescent stage, with all the goofy curiosity and heedless clumsiness of teenagers anywhere. oh, and did i mention they can fly? it’s like a bunch of 16 year olds with pilot’s licenses.
golden buff chick at four weeks
saint paul, minnesota
there is a perfect french word, mordorée, that describes the feathers of game birds–a rich caramel color combined with glints of gold. the french use it to describe woodcock feathers, but i think the pheasant wing above fits the description as well. my husband just informed me that pheasants are actually not native to north america. they were introduced from china in the 19th century. i guess that makes them naturalized citizens.
male ring-necked pheasant wing
found on highway 95 along the saint croix river
marine on saint croix, minnesota