Yesterday I desperately needed to get away. Away from the phone, from the computer, from the house, away from all the things that would fill my time and my mind if I didn't leave home.So I went with a few other souls to the top of Buffalo Mountain.I hike to arrive and then to tarry contentedly somewhere else. The others I was with hike to walk. So we did not wander there the couple of hours I've spent every other walk up onto the back of this wild place. I would have not rushed back to everything I had left behind, but that's what I … Continue Reading ››
So what's with the fancy froo froo stripes and streaks and eyelashes on this nasturtium flower growing outside the back door?What's up is "it pays to advertise."Most of the features we notice and possibly admire as "pretty" in a lady's slipper or turk's cap lily are not there for our admiration any more than a robin's song is to make us cheery on a dreary morning.They generally have survived as reproducible shapes and colors because they are "bee guides" that lead to an increased chance that the pollen of the species will … Continue Reading ››
Kingdom: FungiThat's the best I can do to name this tasty looking pudding-cake living thing I walked past in town a few weeks back. I had a mind to ask for a big glass of milk to go with the cinnamon-chocolatey delicacy.No I didn't bite into it. But don't you think it's tempting, served here on a bed of mulch, with a pine-tree garnish?
Let's just say I need to pay way more attention for a day or three to what goes on under my feet than to what goes on in this Chinese Fire Drill of a world of ours.All world and no play makes Fred a dull boy.So today, other than slashing up some final-crop tomatoes into freezer bags, I'm off duty. I leave you with this image I remember taking but not exactly where I took it.I do recall it was some stuffy place where a grown man down on his knees in the foundation mulch probably entered the conversation around the … Continue Reading ››
In Alabama, we'd say it was ray-ud.All I know is that on an overcast chilly day last week, it was dazzling in its contrast to an otherwise lifeless monochrome forest floor already starting to get its carpet of fallen leaves.This lovely fall fungus is known by some as scarlet hood or scarlet wax cap.We call it that ray-ud one that comes up on the middle path in the late summer when the leaves begin to fall.