Monday, September 27, 2010

(Day 270) Thriving in the gloom

Now that our day of rest is over for another week, it was time to get some chores done, such as mowing the lawn (we almost needed a baler, even though our son had tried valiantly to keep up during our absence). The forecast had rain starting this afternoon and continuing all day tomorrow. So, we mowed - and got it done - before the rain started.

But start it did, on cue this afternoon, and I hadn't had an opportunity yet to make some photos for my 365 project. After dinner I decided to go for a little drive to a nearby spot where I thought I might have a little protection under the trees. Everything looked pretty drab in the fading light and light drizzle. But I spotted something that seemed to thrive on the cooler temps and wet, gloomy weather, and it was pushing its way upwards through fall's detritus.

(70-200mm  f8  1.3 sec  ISO800)

24 comments:

Lisa said...

Just beautiful. I have one like it. Not as good as this one. I love the color of the leaf. Wonderful work.

Scott said...

Love a good "Fungi" shot. I don't know whether that is a mushroom or a toadstool. Anyway it's a great choice anytime, let alone on a day like today.

S. Etole said...

where the Lilliputians live ... :-)

joey said...

Good eye ... love shooting fungi!

Rick said...

@Lisa - thank you Lisa (although I don't believe yours isn't as good;-)

Rick said...

@Scott - I usually find these only when I'm not looking for them. Not sure of the difference between mushroom and toadstool - will have to look that up (I just use mushroom for all these types of plants).

Rick said...

@S. Etole - indeed ! If one looks carefully enough, one might appear - sort of like imagining 6 impossible things before breakfast ;-)

Rick said...

@joey - I was on a hunt for some leaves with that distinct fall look when I stumbled across this - not sure if that qualifies as a good or lucky eye :) But I'm always up for a fungi shot.

jasmin said...

Lieber Rick, es ist DOCH bewunderswert war UNS sterben Natur für ein Foto Opjekt schenkt , Nur view Muss man alles , es GIBT Genügend Regionalbanken , Ein schönes Foto aus of this Herbst Zeit, mit lieben und herzlichen Grüßen Jasmin ...

jasmin said...

dear Rick, sorry, the translation is bad, as I see it ....

chasity said...

i'm always up for a fungus photo as well...
to take them or look at them.

they are just so mysterious~
they way they pop up so quickly and disappear nearly as fast....
their brilliant colors....

love em.

have a great day~
chasity

Rick said...

@jasmin - yes, we've truly been blessed by this wonderful Creation ! You might be interested in listening to this.

Rick said...

@chasity - I'm with you on that Chas; I may set out later today to deliberately try to find some - perhaps with a little more colour - I've seen tiny red ones on the back of our land before and with the wet weather may be able to find some.

Hope your week is awesome, and you and Shauna are in my prayers.

Hope said...

Hi Rick,
I haven't seen any mushrooms around here for a long time.. guess I just am not looking in the right places.. "smile"..
Like the way its pushing up from the leaves..
they always makes me think of faires for some reason .. lovely capture..
hope your day is kind

Karen said...

Nice to have you back, posting and commenting. Fall is definitely here and I'm loving all the colors that go with the season.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

What an amazing journey you took and now back at home in the dark with the mushroom.. LOL We have them all over here. Our weather has been beautiful except for wind which make taking photos a little harder. But I need to catch up with everyone again. Thanks for following me over at A Window to My World, it will be a slow process getting everything caught up there. Have a great rest of the week and may your memories of you trip last a life time...

Rick said...

@Hope - thank you Hope. Seems I find them when I'm not looking for them - this one pushed itself up to be seen so I accommodated it.

Good luck finding some - perhaps you'll discover fairies nearby ;-)

Rick said...

@Karen - thanks Karen - very nice to be back among cyber friends; I kinda missed the daily checking of blogs and commenting, although I did keep up with reading comments when possible. It was a lovely break but now we're into the thick of fall.

Rick said...

@Here I Am/Carrie - it truly was a memorable trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It's good to be back even though we went straight into fall - mushrooms and all !

Good luck with your blog - I'm trying to get around to as many as time permits. Thanks for dropping by here, and have a great week !

Janell said...

Beautiful close up of that 'shroom.' It's hotter than Hades here. No mushrooms for miles unless someone is up to no good. ;-)

M. Hassan said...

Hi, I'm back and trying to catch up with where I left, but it's been very tough, so I'll just pick up from here ;)

Nice work!

Rick said...

@Janell - thanks Janell ! Not sure if your heat comparison is from personal experience ;-) Perhaps magic mushrooms would do well in your climate vs the ones we have here ;-)

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - welcome back M ! I'm just back from 3 weeks away and it does take some time to get back into the swing of things. Good luck.

Krista said...

I love this shot! I really like how you were peeking around the green leaves to see the mushroom! I also like how everything behind the leaves seems a bit crunchy. :o)