Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Bouquet

I'm pretty sure this will be the last of my garden flowers...some late flowering Calendulas. So I'm sending it as a virtual bouquet to all of you, and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


"It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And your faithfulness every night."
Psalm 92:1

Monday, November 24, 2008

More Fungi

As I was giving my compost pile one final turn for the season, I spotted this cute little colony of mushrooms. They were just oh, so photogenic! I'm sharing a few photos as an addendum to my previous post, Fall Fungi.

There were around two dozen or so of the little mushrooms , growing together all cozy-like.... shorter ones under the taller ones.

A view from the side. Notice how they branch out like a tree from the bottom? I discovered they were all growing up from a small tree limb, which was buried underneath the compost.

A top view...showing off their fancy 'parasol hats'.


Fall mushrooms, which appear as if by magic in our woodlands and meadows, are as diverse as the many shades of fall leaves.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fall Fungi

Now that the Fall rains have arrived, mushrooms seem to be popping up everywhere! Though they are not showy like flowers, they have a certain appeal of their own, many being quite diminutive in size. It sometimes takes a keen eye to spot them....but is worth the search.

A trio of tiny toadstools.

A pretty pair..... charming in their little brown caps.

A stocky single specimen.

This looks a little like the type you buy in the grocery store, but I'm sure it isn't edible. I don't know a thing about classifying these, but if anyone can identify them, feel free to do so in the Comments.

I like the way the light plays behind this fragile little mushroom.

And lastly.... my favorite photo. Same mushroom as above, plucked and turned upside down to reveal the intricate gills on it's underside.


"I am a mushroom; On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then." ~John Ford

"All mushrooms are edible - once." ~unknown

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Autumn Images

This has been one of the most beautiful Autumns I can remember.... with mild temps and many sunny days, which has made garden clean-up a pleasant task. I've been so busy outdoors, I nearly missed capturing a few photos of the fall colors with my camera.

This wild Cherry tree stands just behind our wood shed. The day after I took the photo, the tree was nearly bare....the bright leaves piled in a soft bed beneath it's limbs.

Our mountain in Autumn. The sky was grey on this particular day, but the colors brilliant.

These beautiful rose hips dot the hillsides in abundance at this time of year.

A scene on the Southfork of the Clearwater River, with Autumn colors at their peak.


"Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees."

~Faith Baldwin