when foraging becomes pillaging

the roadsides are loaded with these black-eyed susans. i sometimes assume that anything this prolific must be an import from somewhere else, but these sunny girls are native, and we love them.

roadside black-eyed-susans

saint paul, minnesota

  • Dolores says:

    Came across info on your blog from Martha’s Living Magazine. Black eyed Susan’s are one of my favorite summer flowers. They are mixed into all my gardens.

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tuna rolls

my daughter and i were cutting firewood yesterday and we came across this two-toned limb.  so i cut a few slices for STILL. while i hovered over my camera lining up my shot, my son walked by and casually said “yum, tuna rolls”.

slices of a tree limb

saint paul, minnesota

p.s. you can see the rest of our firewood handiwork on instagram here

  • Jenn says:

    Looks like Ailanthus – does the pith smell a bit like peanut butter?

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    • Interesting-I am not familiar with that tree. I just looked it up. It very well could be. I just took a sniff of the discs and couldn’t make out any distinguishing scents. I am intrigued though. I’ll see if I can find the source of my limb. Yay, I love learning new things :-) Thanks Jenn!

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  • margie says:

    i love the analogy. Perhaps you can dye with the dark centers.

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corona

a collection of lilies from the local highway median, where construction is scheduled to last until fall. yes, technically it was stealing, and the kids winced when i walked in the kitchen with bouquet of illicit flowers. but i saw them there, showy and bright and begging for an audience, among piles of gravel and sand, under the neglectful watch of a collection of excavators, backhoes, and bulldozers, and i couldn’t resist. i hope you don’t mind serving as their more deserving audience.

lilies in august

highway 96, saint paul, minnesota

 

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win-win

i picked this carpet of clover from my driveway and brought it to my studio (aka the kitchen counter). so my driveway got weeded and STILL blog got lucky. everybody wins.

clover

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    it is so beautiful

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  • I love your work. :)

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  • Dolores says:

    I searched and searched but could not find a four leafed clover for good luck bit I feel lucky to have found this blog!

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repetition

my husband brought me this blade of tallgrass for STILL blog. at first, i thought it was pretty plain and boring, but i photographed it anyway, and then sort of fell in love with its striking simplicity.

switchgrass

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    simply beautiful

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