dispatch from up north

Since I have a lot of catching up to do, I decided to break with form and put all my daily photos from our week at the lake into a single post (mainly to spare my email subscribers a total barrage of Terra).

We had a great time, as always. Memories were made, wildlife witnessed, great food consumed. Cold beer, boat rides, fishing, a grand parade. It was pretty much everything you could want from a week at the cabin (except, maybe, another week).

blog070315_rocco@the-lake180/365: rocco, nearly 10 months (happy dog)

blog070415_s&z_boat181/365: goofballs (sawyer & zola on the boat)

blog070515_bubbles-july-fourth-parade182/365: bubbles, side lake 4th of july parade

070615_wild-daisies183/365: wild daisies @ the sand pit

blog070715_luna-wolf-center184/365: luna, international wolf center, ely, mn

blog070715_bobber-pickerel-lake185/365: bobber, pickerel lake

blog070915_birch-bark186/365: birch bark

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keepin’ it real

‘It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.’

– Laura Ingalls Wilder

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139/365: wild geraniums

friends in low places

Pretty isn’t it? It’s Creeping Charlie.

Where I come from, this specimen is one of the most vile, despised weeds to ever sully a perfect green lawn. A closer look reveals the plant to be quite lovely. It’s also edible, a common salad green in many countries. Would it help to call it another name? Let’s try ground ivy…

‘Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them.’ – A.A. Milne

blog050515_creepingcharlie123/365: ground ivy (glechoma hederacea)

roadside attractions

These ‘common’ flowers command attention. For starters, they’re taller than I am. And they’re tough. They rise up from the dust, phoenix-like, in the full heat of the summer sun and proclaim their irrepressible vitality in effusive waves of golden blooms.

common mullein – two views