rock, paper, scissors

i think this looks a lot like the sedimentary rock maps we studied in middle school

perhaps a map of the great lakes region after the glaciers of the ice age had passed over

actually, it is the exterior layers of a paper wasp nest

the layers are made from saliva mixed with wood pulp, aka paper

i love the color palette of these particular wasps

saint paul, minnesota

 

 

  • margie says:

    love your analogy

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cedar or cypress?

i was sure this was a cedar twig and cone

steve, my knowledgeable husband, was certain it was from a cypress

where is jean-luc when you need him?

autiganc, france

p.s. i spent thirty minutes on google trying to identify this…the closest i got was western red cedar, but i am not certain.  can anyone lend a hand?

  • margie says:

    i would vote for cyprus with open cones. If you still have the specimen the way to tell the difference between cyprus and cedar is to crush the folliage and if it smells like pineapple it is cedar.

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  • maura says:

    It looks a lot like the cedar I see growing near me, but I’m far from an expert. Beautiful image either way, I so enjoy this project!

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  • Larry says:

    I think it is a Red Cedar, Thuja plicata.

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elegant decay

a winter leaf

autignac, france

 

 

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meanwhile, back in minnesota

frost on my kitchen window

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i so enjoy frosty fractal patterns on the windows although it has not yet been cold enough here except for the windows of my car.

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  • janine says:

    Coincidence – Last night I posted a photo I took of a close up of ice crystals on facebook.

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a thorny regatta

i am reminded of a sailboat regatta waiting for the starting gun

perhaps a fitting metaphor for starting the new year

wild rose thorns

collected in the garrigue near autignac, france

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