Welcoming Autumn

Fall has slipped in the back door. Irma delivered enough wind and rain to disrupt the routine that was just beginning to set up. We played soccer in the back yard the day after, skirting the young trees that are now growing at an angle.

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Life goes on, even flourishes. A rash of mushrooms push through the already dry moss spreading spores for a new year.

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I love mushrooms, they are the essence of renewal, rebirth.

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Promise of the future.

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Guardian of the now. Welcome Autumn.

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For Cee’s SYW challenge (2016 week 3) — I thought I would give this a whirl.

This challenge was intriguing to me and I’ve been pondering this for a couple of days now.

What is your favorite piece of art? (it doesn’t have to be famous)

Wow, too many ways to go on this one. I can’t pick a piece of art so perhaps some general art/artists. First to come to mind is literally anything by Josephine Wall. Check out her art here at her Gallery. Amazing, magical stuff.

Another to come to mind is hypberbolic crochet. I can’t do it very well but I sure appreciate those who can. Gabriele Meyer impresses me with her lines and surfaces. She does some purely beautiful work.

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What made you smile today?

Today it actually snowed for around a half an hour then turned to freezing rain (or was it sleet?). This may be our big weather event for this year, you never know. Snow is scarce here.

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My moss and this audacious dandelion don’t mind a little white stuff. This made me smile.

Which place do you recommend as a Must-See? Please state which country, state or providence.

We live in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We often hike the trails and enjoy the waterfalls of North and South Carolina and Georgia. The last trip we made was to some trails off the Chattooga River near the North Carolina border: I consider this place a Must-See for anyone who enjoys moss, lichen, fungi and slime molds or just for waterfall and hiking enjoyment. For me- a banquet of pure mycological heaven.

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Complete this sentence: When I was younger I used to….

Be able to sleep in. And I think I slept better. Where did those days go?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I think I finally felt some peace at being through the holiday season. While our holiday was nice, it was insanely busy for me. Last week I had some time to crochet and I took a nap (gasp). I’m grateful to be able to breathe again.

Next week I look forward to continuing some projects and the stability of a more regular schedule.

Moss and Alphabet Challenge

I thought I would give The Alphabet Challenge a try and see what I could come up with for Alphabet. After looking around for interesting letters and such, I decided to go more introspective.

This is a tray of moss that I will nurture for a while and then, when the weather warms up a bit, transplant it where I would like it to happily grow in my yard.

I used it to make a simple letter to complete my name- all representing important aspects in my life right now.

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K  with the lab utensils that I used doing research last semester (and will this semester) on Ganoderma sessile vs. various bacteria.

r  with the moss I collected today.

i  with a small dumb bell for the work outs to come this year.

s  with an (one of the many) unfinished crochet project that I hope to do something with this year.

There are an overwhelming amount of entries this week over at The Photo Challenge at the Daily Post. It’s worth a browse.

 

Day 5

Day 5: Coffee

I struggled with this one. I don’t drink coffee so the first thing that came to mind with this prompt is growing mushrooms on coffee grounds. I don’t have coffee grounds to photograph, or mushrooms for that matter.  So I figured that, since this is my photo challenge (and I rarely am successful at following rules), I will post someone else’s photo. This is from a place called  Trophoscapes – (photo on imgur ). To me this photo represents a goal for this year. I want to grow some different kinds of mushrooms. I am enamored of oyster mushrooms (this photo is of pearl oyster mycelium growing on coffee grounds).