"It's a magical world, Hobbes, Ol' Buddy...let's go exploring!"
Calvin's last words, 12/31/95 (Calvin & Hobbes)
ok...something else i love to take pictures of...is mushrooms/fungi!
there are endless varieties. each is unique. so many different shapes & colors.
mushrooms are in 'the fungi kingdom'.
medicinal. edible. toxic. psilocybin or 'magic'.
mushrooms are recyclers in nature. they break down wood and humus back into their original components - they provide food for living plants by returning dead trees and forest litter to simple organic materials.
but not all mushrooms are do-gooders.
some are parasitic...attacking live trees and causing deadly diseases.
(not all of these pictures are from our yard. some were taken while wandering other places.)
(fungi growing on a dead tree in Torreya St Pk, FL)
this one was in our yard. you can easily tell it's a florida mushroom...
because it has 'tie-downs'...for the hurricane season.
this one looks like it has finger indentations.
little fuzzy ones out back
a trio...like steps...(where are the smurfs?)
"Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands—
a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream.
There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all,
the assurance that you are not alone in the world."
if you saw my last post...
you might remember i started working on another 'window hanger'...
made of glass and decorated with butterfly & dragonfly wings...and pressed flowers.
it's not finished yet...here's what i've done so far...
this is the front side...i work on the back...adding the wings & flowers...
using 'mod podge' to adhere and coat.
close-up of the front
this is what it looks like from the back
after the mod podge has completely dried (i usually let it set for 24 hrs at least)...
then i give it the first overall coat of mod podge.
it dries for at least 24 hrs between coats...and i normally give it 2 full coats.
then after it's completely dry...i'll give it a coat or two of clear glaze.
THEN after this is all dry...i'll wrap heavy gauge copper wire around the edges...
making a loop for hanging!
you can see a picture of the one i made before on my last post.
(i'll post a picture after it's finished!)
one more thing before i go...
remember the young yellow rat snake in the shed (again...last post)...
well, he's still there...trying to find a comfy spot...
well...as the squirrels are gathering and burying acorns...
and the hummingbirds have left for warmer weather...
and the ground is crunchy under foot with fallen leaves...
we've had the fireplace going on a few cold evenings. nice!
"Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over
to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you,
you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."
'til next time...stay cool...