Since I was a child, I have always found plant and animal life so fascinating. When I stayed over at my Grandmother's house, I would spend hours outside exploring her huge yard studying the plants, fungus, lichens, and bugs. I still wander around looking for interesting shapes and textures, only now I have a camera to record my finds.
By saturday morning it was breaking down ready to return to the earth it sprouted from. I hope it released spores here so I can get to see more mushrooms in the future.
Until recently I had never seen just how much pollen came from pine cones. I happened to be sitting just to one side of the tree and there was a gentle breeze blowing. As I looked up at the tree, the breeze lifted a huge cloud of pollen from the cones spreading it far and wide. No wonder people have trouble with their allergies.
Now I get to rake up all the cones blown from the tree in the windstorm yesterday.