Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fascination and Work

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.

This mushroom picture taken thursday morning

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.

Before

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
Mature cone

After

Now I get to rake up all the cones blown from the tree in the windstorm yesterday.

3 comments:

gincoleaves said...

Oh that dreaded pollen is everywhere, I still believe it was the cause of my red eye last week-end.

he largest pine cones I,ve ever seen was in Italy - huge. I had to bring a few home.
The Italians use pine cones instead of wood, for their pizza ovens.

Phyllis said...

I love the big pine cones!!
I have a box of them that I collected from Eastern Washington and I am going to spray them silver then sprinkle glitter on them and give them away as decorations at Christmastime.

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