Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bonsai Trees-ABC WEDNESDAY "B"

Today I am beginning my career as a volunteer interpreter in the Ordway Gardens at Como Park in St. Paul.  This area includes the Japanese Garden and the Pavilion and Terrace for the collection of Bonsai Trees.

I am thrilled to be a part of this  Como Park volunteer program because Como, which is one of the few FREE parks and zoos in our country, is a gem in our city.
The Bonsai collection is fantastic.

I'll occasionally give you a few lessons: In Japanese, bonsai literally means "tree planting" or "tree in a pot." Generally an overall Bonsai shape should be a triangle with unequal sides with a rounded top.

The English Ivy is a formal upright with a straight truck from the base to the top but the other two are informal uprights with trunks that have gentle curves.


Monday, July 21, 2014


Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music. (Credit: Wiki)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Great Paintings

At last week's Art Fair on  St. Kate's campus Evan Abrahamson from Waconia, Minnesota had a display of vividly colored and large bold  paintings.  Check out his website: www.paintingsbyevan.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Splitrock Lighthouse

Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction.  Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Splitrock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota's best known landmarks.  Restored to its 1920's appearance, the light station offers a glimpse  of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.
(Credit:  Minnesota Historical Society)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shoreline: water, rocks, and lichen

Rocks along the shore
Water, blossoms, and lichen
Peace and harmony

 Information:  The sign of the Wordless Wednesday's post yesterday is placed at the entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden in Ordway Gardens at Como Park.  Translated it means "Plum Beautiful Garden."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Last Saturday I attended the outdoor annual St. Kate's Art Fair.  Hundreds of artists displayed their paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, metal work, stained glass, wood, leather, and fiber products. I am always drawn to textiles and these handsome rugs caught my eye because of the beautiful craftwork and colors. If you are in the area, you can visit the weaver, Colleen Tabaika in St. Paul, tabaikadesigns@gmail.com
Linking to ABC Wednesday

Monday, July 14, 2014


Lichen on Lake Superior rocky shoreline

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lake Superior Shoreline

The weather along Lake Superior is often unpredictable.  It can change from sunshine to overcast skies and fog seemingly within minutes.