empty cups

i think these look sculptural; like some of the nature inspired ceramics i have been seeing on pinterest.

bur oak acorn cups (also fittingly called mossycup oak)

saint paul, minnesota

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a collection of collections

yesterday i gathered all my various rock collections into one place.  i have a whole lot more rocks than i realized.  you can expect to see a few rock assemblages in the coming weeks.

most of the rocks in this composition come from the north shore of lake superior, the beaches in and around grand marais, minnesota.   but a few of the light colored ones in the top right are from the mediterranean beaches near sète, france.

grand marais, minnesota and sète, france

  • Sian says:

    Beautiful ; ) – the speckled ones in the top right collection looked like eggs at first glance!

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    • still says:

      I think so too. The speckled round and egg shaped rocks are among my favorite to find. I have only seven of them, after three decades of beach combing!

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  • janine says:

    Love this – and it looks like my studio space. I make jewelry with stones like these (small ones) collected from Lake Michigan.

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left behind

i am having fun revisiting my various collections.

this is only part of my feather collection.  whenever i am out walking, i pick up feathers and put them in a special box.  the majority of these come from my yard or my local walking trails.  there are a few however from various vacations, and at least one from the flamingo exhibit at como zoo

saint paul, minnesota

the feathers i can confidently identify include:  egret, canada goose, bald eagle, wild turkey, barred owl, pheasant, crow, gull, ruffed grouse, pigeon, blue jay, yellow shafted flicker, flamingo, mallard, cardinal, woodpecker, junco, cedar wax wing

  • janine says:

    beautiful – I have a similar collection, but no flamingo feathers!

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  • Mario says:

    Wonderfull collection!

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    • still says:

      Thank You!

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  • Matt says:

    The third feather in (going largest to smallest) is a Great Horned Owl, as is the one mirroring it (it’s a small contour feather of similar texture). Very nice collection!

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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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