12.04.2016

I Deem it Winter



Winter's Magic Wand





snow has fallen a few times
painting our world winter white


an early morning walk 
through my woods is good for one's spirit


sunlight begins to paint the day 
with light


as I drive down our road
6 inches deep in snow


a thought floats through:
this year it will not again
feel like autumn


on the threshold of a
new season
~
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11.27.2016

Pond Writing


last night was starry
which means that it got cold
20F when I awoke


the morning was frosty
sparkling and full of rainbow lights


the ponds froze over


as i admired the surface of the pond
i thought it appeared like a foreign language


script carved into the ice


a temporary story


perhaps written for the fish below


or a tale
for the world above
~
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11.16.2016

Autumn and Winter begin to Mingle


appreciating the mushrooms 
 as i studied them 


clear night skies
inspire frost to grace life


sunlight is revealed as tiny sparkling orbs
when mixed with frost


colors dance before our eyes
good medicine


some trees 
naked
the sunlight chooses them to present, show off and reflect


finding new treasures
Basidioradulum radula, Toothed Crust fungus
like an artful mandala


Plicaturopsis crispa, a Crimped gilled Polyporales
this is the underside, the top looks like
it was growing on dead wood:



~
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11.04.2016

Our Spell of Rain has Broken


near sunset
sunlight poured through a parting of clouds
and 
alpine glow happened on this handful of trees


in the cloak of the forest
witch's butter oozes from old wood
( Dacrymyces chrysospermus)


I found my first teeny tiny
sphere thrower fungi
(see that clear jelly ball? it gets thrown from it's cup)


above is another view of this tiny scene
(Sphaerobolus stellatus, sphere thrower)





the fungi continue to pop up 
(Suillus Grevillei, tamarack Jack)



a friend, spur of the moment, took us up in his plane
autumn looked beautiful from the sky!
Thank you Bill!
~
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10.28.2016

So much Rain lately


3 times the average rainfall this month!


when the wet earth is warmer than the air
mist rises


in the rainy seasons
mushrooms push up through pine needle soil


rain a perfect environment for lichens and moss to thrive


in the high mountains
rain becomes snow
~
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