garlic mustard (alliaria petiolata)
vadnais lake trail, saint paul, minnesota
i made this assemblage of nine little planets from one curl of river birch bark. looks like there are a mercury and mars or two, some jupiters, and some icy neptunes. the bark peeled apart in so many layers i was able to cut all these from a single piece.
river birch bark
rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota
the shore birds and waterfowl are returning in abundance now. seven trumpeter swans on the beach this morning, one great blue heron, too many canada geese to count, and my husband thinks he heard a loon. a big day.
the lake still has ice on it, but the edges are all open water now. so the birds congregate at the edges and spend hours preening. the reeds all along the water’s edge are spotted with little downy feathers like these two. i don’t know who they came from or if they are even related. anyone?
turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota
at the bottom of the tupperware tote that holds most of my i’m-not-ready-to-get-rid-of-this-quite-yet specimens, float a dozen or two acorns. most of them have long ago fallen out of their respective cups. here are a few survivors.
acorns; probably one white oak (left) and two bur oaks (right)
saint paul, minnesota