Sometimes the beauty of, or the interesting look at something is up close in the details that would otherwise get lost in a larger view.
Eastern Red Cedar is a fairly common tree locally, usually getting a good start in fence rows and abandoned fields. Many consider it to be a weed to be eradicated, yet they provide rot proof wood for outdoor use along with the fragrant lining of cedar chests or closets. This is a view of some of the seeds just as they begin to mature and turn the darker shade of blue.
This is a wild grass called Wide Leaf Uniola that grows well here. The seed heads are it’s most notable feature, mostly because of the shape of the seed clusters and the droopy look of them. They also move in the least bit of breeze and make me think of schools of little fish for some reason.
I don’t have a name for this little flower yet, don’t recall ever seeing one of these before. This was a single plant I spotted while out for a walk a few days ago, it was really wanting to be photographed so I obliged. Surprisingly, this one didn’t seem to be suffering any from the hot dry weather we had through most of June and the first couple weeks of July.
Finally, a very orange fungus, tentatively identified as a Cinnabar Polypore, all dressed up for autumn in pumpkin camouflage. Pretty tough to miss this one. A few years ago there was a large dead tree at this location, the trunk of which was almost covered with this same fungus. That was quite a sight with hundreds of these popping out all over the tree. All I know for certain is that I won’t be having any of these on the menu at my house!
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While out for errands this morning a car pulled into the parking spot in front of me. Almost immediately, the reflections on the windshield and hood of the newcomer caught my interest……..I know it’s pretty lame but what else is there to do while waiting in a five acre parking lot? Make a photograph or two to pass the time.
If nothing else, it helped to take my mind off the sunny, humid and warm day. One can almost pretend the reflections are on cool water.
Sometimes I just want to see what something looks like as a photograph, usually as a matter of curiosity. Some of them go into the “what was I thinking?” category. Others speak to me on some level.
This photo was made last Sunday, a rather hot day by most accounts. When I first stepped into the shade of this tree I just stopped and looked up. Noting the play of light and shadow in the leaves I pulled out the trusty phone and took several photos trying to capture how things looked and hopefully the way it felt.
The following photo was made this morning, again in the spirit of curiosity. Some rain last night had brought the lichen and moss back to life after the dry hot weather of recent weeks. The change was quite dramatic.
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This photo from the Dashcam Chronicles is for anyone sweltering in the fetid swamp climate they call summer and wishing for some better weather.
Some days I make photos of really random stuff, mostly because something about it caught my eye. This photo is an example. While driving past this spot I noticed the turkey vultures going to roost and thought to myself, “Self, you need to get a picture of this” and Self replied “Challenge accepted, hold my camera.” 300mm worth of zoom lens handheld is not so easy to do but every time they saw me getting out of the truck, off they went. So after around a dozen crappy shots they finally gave me this. I thanked them for the show and rolled down the road for home.