9.13.2017

Tiny Puffballs


few flowers grace our world
as we enter the fungi season
(so glad there is always something to enjoy)


these are tiny fruiting puffballs


found at the base of my mountain ash tree


photographed on a smoky day
giving them an even richer color


I find each one to be a work of art
a small treasure to behold


Then one morning 
I woke to find a squirrel had eaten them all!

That is the task to enjoy the mushrooms before someone eats them. 

Most puffballs are edible for us and the deer and the squirrels
and
who knows who else. 

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9.05.2017

Owl Visit


The sound of squirrels warning the forest of danger. 

I looked up to see a Great Gray Owl glide over the pond to land on a stump. 

Sitting, looking around then hopped to the ground. 

Ripples danced through the ponds surface as the owl took a morning bath in shallow water. 

Then hopped back up on the stump, shaking this way and that. 

Lifting into the air, silently landing on a limb. 

Watch the video as it shakes and dries from it's bath. Then breaks a branch that is in it's way. In the smoky morning air (see golden smoky light on it's back).


video



  I got to sit and watch for 45 min. As this owl was in no rush to leave. 




it knew I was there
but 
did not seem to care


flying further away
down to the earth near a creek
for a drink
~
It is super smoky these days
so many wildfires
the owl was a wonderful experience 
among our hard to breath days

 a glimpse:

and


I am hearing that the fires will not be out
until
the snow falls
~
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