A Colorado low is pushing its way towards us this morning here in Southwestern Ontario, and we are currently under a nasty freezing rain warning. I took the day off yesterday because I had a horrible headache and was feeling really dizzy and sick, so maybe it was the barometer in my head predicting this storm and not the flu after all. School buses are cancelled for the day, and I’m still not feeling up to snuff, so I am home once again. So, what to post today??
I know I have already posted a picture of tree bark for my texture theme this week, but I was talking to my buddy, Gary, at krikitarts about his lichen series, and then we got to talking about fungi, and I remembered this photo. Mother Nature provides us with such a variety of textures doesn’t she? I have no idea what this is called, but I do know that doing this series on texture makes me yearn for Spring when everything comes to life again and I can get back out there with my camera to capture it all.
Writing my blog and reading others has really provided me with inspiration for things I want to take more photos of this year. Out one day with my hubby, I noticed some very unusual fungi growing in the wooded area we were hiking through. I snapped a few shots quickly, but, other than this one, they didn’t turn out very well because I was in a hurry to get where we were going and didn’t take my time! Usually we are heading to a waterfall or a lookout spot, and that’s where I take most of my photos, but this summer I am determined that I am going to slow down as I hike to my destinations so that I don’t miss out on the little gifts from nature along the way. Photography is really opening my eyes to what is around me, and it fascinates me.
I am getting more enjoyment and fulfilment out of this blog than I ever expected and hope to continue it for a long time to come, so I thought this photo was appropriate because as Adam Baldwin once said, “I’m like a fungus; you can’t get rid of me!!” 🙂
to quote a well worn phrase, it’s about the journey and not just the destination. I love this picture please keep noticing and sharing the little things along the way.
Thank you and I do like that phrase. It’s so true!!
I hope you feel better and that that the freezing rain doesn’t last long. I always hated ice. Sometimes in Boston there would be an inch of ice on the ground and I would have to “ice skate” to work. I really hated those days. Love the photo. I could do without ice and wind.
Thanks TBM. I’m already feeling better than I did yesterday, but when I heard the weather forecast I figured one more day at at home wouldn’t hurt. I am terrified of driving in the freezing rain. So far this morning it has been snowing like crazy, but it’s supposed to change over this afternoon. Nice day to be inside where it’s warm!! 🙂
The thing on the tree is called a conk. Hope you feel better soon 🙂
There! I have learned something new today. I had no idea what it was called, so I thank you for the info. Also, thanks for the well wishes 🙂
Hi, Cindy, Thanks for the link to my website and the reference to my new lichen series! I love ice and a freezing rain can provide fantastic subject matter, so long as it’s not accompanied by driving, horizontal winds, that is–but watch your step! I hope your recovery is rapid and you’re back out there shooting again soon. I look forward to more of your fungi!
Thanks Gary!! Since I didn’t have to drive in bad conditions today, I am looking forward to the possible freezing rain photo ops this afternoon. I just have to make sure that the dizziness from my messed up sinuses is under control because I don’t think dizziness and ice would be a good combination LOL. 🙂
I agree – isn’t blogging fun!? 🙂 Like the fungus pic!
Thank you! And yes, blogging is a great deal of fun and really good for my ego!! 🙂
Your writing on this blog is not only an inspiration to yourself, but to everybody else who reads it. I like the quote by Adam Baldwin – and the pictures is nothing but perfect to illustrate it. I love it.
Wow, you just made my day. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. I truly appreciate it! 🙂
Excellent photo! I love birch trees, and the hint of golden light on the trees on the background is wonderful.
Thank you! That really means a lot to me coming from a great photographer like you! 🙂
Thanks back at ya! I’m all about sharing the love, and if I can add something other than “pretty picture,” I like to do that too. Sometimes I think I would rather hear a negative critique from an accomplished photographer, along with either why they didn’t like it, or an offer of suggestions on how to make it better. “Pretty picture” is good for the ego, but doesn’t help to improve my photography.
I totally agree. That’s how we learn!