Colorful Fungi

I don’t know what it is about this one particular stump, but it seems to host a wide variety of fungi.  And until this past year I never paid so much attention to just how much that same fungi changes its appearance over months of time.  This particular fungi growth was off-white for a very long time.  I noticed today it is quite colorful.

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and a closer view:

I probably could have gotten some lovely macro shots if I could only get closer to it.  But where it is located I can only get within approximately 8 feet of it.  If my legs will improve a little, perhaps I can get some better photos then.  This is the best I can do for now.  Still I thought it is quite lovely to look at.  It’s amazing what you find to pay attention to in December, if you just take the time to look.

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More Mushrooms

More mushrooms!

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Something has been chewing on these.  Probably squirrels.  They seem to enjoy nibbling on mushrooms.  And young squirrels often love to shred them to bits with their claws, just for fun.  Which I think is cute.  It reminds me of something little kids would do.

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I didn’t even realize I photographed a fly sitting on them, until I downloaded the photos.

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And another type of mushroom:  There has been no shortage of fungi this year in the damp weather.

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And another, from the bottom up:

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And last but not least, my favorite mushroom photo of the year so far, below:
That is my Dad walking by in the background.
I love taking photos from a different view-point than you normally see things.  Photos like this make me think about entire little worlds going on all around us that we rarely pay attention to.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

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Family outing

This day we took a little trip out around the hill.  The whole family.  One of the things that I love about being a homeschooling mom is that you can take advantage of whatever moment you like.  You aren’t bound by time clocks and concrete lesson plans – or concrete buildings for that matter.  And you can turn just about anything into a learning opportunity if you play your cards right.  Don’t get me wrong, I value having a great core curriculum, but I love the freedom to explore the things you feel are important as parents and your children’s individual interests.

I’d been wanting to go out to this area to look for things to photograph for a while, but hadn’t felt up to making the walk.  Which is kinda sad if you knew how very close this is to my house.  But for the shape I’ve been in, it is quite a walk.  I realized on the way out that I actually hadn’t been out there for a year.  Shocking, but true.  My pre-term labor contractions with Ella started at 5 weeks gestation when we nearly lost her due to problems I was having with rupturing ovarian cysts.  And I spent the rest of the pregnancy on modified bed rest with regular issues with contractions.  So… no walks for me.  And since her birth at the end of July, I’ve been dealing with the complications from a botched spinal block and other health issues I have had since that whole mess.  But I finally got back out there.

It was gloomy looking, with impending rain, and not a great day for taking pictures.  But when how you feel is so variable, you have to take advantage of good moments when you can.   So we packed up the family and we all went.  Little Miss Ella Rose wasn’t quite sure what we were doing.  The stroller had never went out in a walk to the woods before.  But she loved it.  She just took it all in with such great interest.  I love it when they get to this age.  The age where things start to “click” and they start to take in the wonder of their surroundings and learn things like cause and effect.  She did lots of staring and thinking, and even smiled lots too.

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Her eyes were open when I went to take this smiling photo, but she blinked.

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We saw what I think are wild asters on the bank along the narrow foot path.  It is very dark through there, even when it is sunny, so the photos aren’t fantastic.  But I’ll share them anyway.  😉

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After we made it out there my husband sat at the picnic table and gave Ella her bottle, while I roamed around taking photos, and the kids did what little kids to best in wide open spaces.  They ran around, occasionally taking breaks to learn details about what Mommy was taking photos of.

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Someday if I can feel up to it, I would love to get some hostas started out here.  The conditions on this area of the property would be perfect for hostas, if the deer didn’t wear them out.  With it being a more secluded area, I think we might have a problem with deer eating them.

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I found quite a few different mushrooms, but was only able to photograph a couple before it got too dark.

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Emma likes to find flowers and hold them up and say “Mommy take a picture of this.  Take a picture of this.”  And I always do, just to make her happy.  I really liked the way that this one below turned out though.  It looks like you photo shopped it or something.  But this is the photo exactly as I took it, only it’s been made smaller in size for the blog.

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Then the lighting was going downhill too fast to get any more photographs.  And then it started to rain, so we headed back.  By the time we made it close to the house my legs were a mess, but I was still glad that I made the walk.  And thankful to have been able to do it, even if I did pay for it afterwards.  All in all it was a really nice time.  Not that we did anything particularly special.  But it was just nice to spend some time outdoors with the whole family.

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The repeated rise and fall of the same patch of mushrooms.

These photos were taken from October 2nd through October 21st, as labeled below.  I do not know the precise name of these little mushrooms, nor have they ever come up in this location before, that I am aware of.  I guess we are seeing more due to the unusually wet weather we’ve had this year.

Here they are on October 2nd:

At first when they caught my eye, they looked almost like tiny things sprinkled all below the tree.

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But upon a closer look, they were clearly teeny tiny mushrooms starting to pop up:

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Over to the left about 6 or 7 feet away, I found a smaller patch that were further along in the process.

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I went back two days later, on October 4th and they were more fully developed.
And I took the photos below:

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The way that they perfectly surrounded the tree made me think of tree skirts around Christmas trees.  LOL

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I went back two more days later, October 6th.  It had been colder the previous night, and they were gone.  Having been totally ruined by the cold temps.

The ground appeared blackened by the remnants of the mushrooms.

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a closer look:

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Now here is where things get interesting…  (at least to me – LOL)
I went back 7 more days later, on October 13th, and they were all coming back up!

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See the tiny white dots?

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Now here they are again… 8 more days later.  They had filled out totally again, and were partially bitten back back the cold again.

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That’s all !  I hope I didn’t bore you to tears with so many photos of the same thing.  But I found it interesting how they came up so late in the year, and then kept bouncing back after each frost.

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