may apples in august

i love the subtle shading of these may apples. according to wild food enthusiasts they are poisonous until they are not–sometime in the fall. think i’ll just enjoy them visually.

may apple fruits in august

saint paul, minnesota

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not enough calcium

all our girls are laying now. we have been getting one egg per hen, six eggs a day, for a week or more. occasionally we get only five. then yesterday, for the first time ever, we got seven!  this was the seventh egg.  inside was normal, but the shell was soft and pliable.  we had heard that we would get a lot of variation in the eggs at first. but this one surprised us.  even with crushed oyster shell supplements it appears they don’t have quite enough calcium to make two whole eggs shells a day.

failed egg of a newly-laying golden buff chicken

saint paul, minnesota

  • Diane says:

    Interesting! I had to read the details to see what in the world that was. One of the most fascinating things I’ve ever learned was when a student brought in a jar of eggs that were all from the same chicken. All different sizes. I had never really thought about the fact that a chicken must have more than one egg in there at the ready all the time. Glad I’m not a chicken!

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zebra, woodpecker, or tattoo?

twice in the last week i have had people email me to request specific feather photos to be used for tattoos: one owl feather and this one above.  i originally posted this feather in a grouping with others from the same woodpecker (never confirmed, but red-bellied if i had to guess).  it was the second post i ever made on STILL blog: january 2, 2012. the request I received asked for “that woodpecker feather that looked more like zig-zags than polka dots.”  i knew exactly the feather he was looking for. good luck with your tattoo aivaras!

woodpecker feather found along the shore of vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    that would make an amazing tattoo.

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slow motion explosion

these native prairie grasses were standing in a good friend’s yard like a static green firework show. i love the two elegant antennae that extend from each seed, and I love the dramatic symmetry of each sparse head.

bottlebrush grass

saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    grasses always amaze me

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  • chel says:

    they are more striking on your blog then my garden. nice shot!!

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’tis the season

my kids are bringing me a handful of these from the backyard every day now. which means they are picking two handfuls, and i’m getting what’s left.

wild black-cap and red raspberries

saint paul, minnesota

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