Fungus Among Us

Mushrooms grow well in the damp and dark forests of Georgia. My grandfather was a mushroom expert. He knew which to eat and which could make you very sick (or worse). These caught my eye and the attention of my lens. Mushroom experts, feel free to chime in and identify.

Rainbow on a Fallen Tree

Rainbow on a Fallen Tree

Trumpet Mushroom?

Trumpet Mushroom?

Off the Ground

Off the Ground

Fairy Umbrella

Fairy Umbrella

From Above

From Above

Colony Taking Over the World

Colony Taking Over the World

As always, I love to hear your thoughts.

Spiders, ‘Gaters, and a Waterbug

The swamps, forests, and wetlands of Georgia are abundant with bugs, butterflies, and some creepy crawly things. Let me start first with one of the larger inhabitants.

Not a Log

Not a Log

Looking Hungerly

Looking Hungerly

My What Big Teeth You Have!

My What Big Teeth You Have!

Yes, the alligator pictures were taken with a zoom lens.

In addition to their trapping of bugs and occasional poisonous bites, there is a beauty to many spiders and a snowflake-like differentness to every web.

4-5 Inch Spider with Spiral Web

4-5 Inch Spider with Spiral Web

Waiting for Someone to Follow the Dotted Line

Waiting for Someone to Follow the Dotted Line

Pine Needles and Web

Pine Needles and Web

One final bug picture. Worked hard to get this waterbug to stand still long enough. Finally paid his agent. ‘Shrooms on Friday.

Waterbug

Waterbug

The Pond

We had a delightful time in Georgia last week visiting our youngest son and his family. Thely live in Grovetown, near Augusta.

Manhole Cover

Manhole Cover

We (my son, two grandsons, and me) decided to walk a few hundred yards to the pond near their home. We spotted a butterfly on the way.

butterfly

I enjoyed the smell and look of the Georgia pines and the woods.

Pine Bough

Pine Bough

Woods

Woods

We eventually came to the pond.

The Pond

The Pond

Around the pond were flowers that grasshoppers thought were a breakfast buffet.

Grasshoppers at Breakfast Buffet

Grasshoppers at Breakfast Buffet

Unharmed

Unharmed

After I took some pictures, as well as my curious son, we headed home.

My Curious Son

My Curious Son

Along the way the boys found a centipede (followed by many others!), which the oldest picked up.

Big Brother Finds Centipede

Big Brother Finds Centipede

Curious 3-year Old

Curious 3-year Old

Centipede on Arm

Centipede on Arm

The youngest was curious enough about all the cracks (he called them creeks) to pause for a moment.

Pointing Out Creeks

Pointing Out Creeks

It was a lovely morning outing. Gaters and spiders on Wednesday.

Study in Sunflowers

Sunflowers get their name both from their likeness to the sun and to their sun-seeking head turns during the day. Around here the outer petals are mostly withering, but I found these all in one yard in our neighborhood. The seeds are nearing maturation and will provide food for birds or humans or perhaps seed new flowers for the next summer. Which image do you like most? Why?

Full

Full

Smaller

Smaller

Sunrise

Sunrise

Up Close

Up Close

Train Station Impressions

These images of my trip to the Jackson Train Station are a bit more impressionistic. There was quite a bit of various types of cobblestone around; still in use from the stations early days.

Street, Curb & Sidewalk

Street, Curb & Sidewalk

Cobblestone Shadows

Cobblestone Shadows

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a bit of renovation working going on. This picture was taken through the protective fence around the site.

Bucket and Chain

Bucket and Chain

The final images are of a knot in a railroad tie and a rail. The rail was catching all of the evening sun on its well-worn rail and reflecting a very bright light.

Tie Knot

Tie Knot

evening glow

Jackson Train Station

I returned to the Jackson Train Station to pick up my brother and sister-in-law. Once a busy hub, just a handful of passenger trains go through Jackson now. The train was late (as usual) so I got out my camera. The late afternoon/early evening light provided great contrast,

sign

This still life was all set up for me. I didn’t adjust anything but my camera.
Orange

Graffiti on a wall with fence shadows and the shadowed platform both invited my attention.

graffiti

station

This black-and-white shot was from a renovation construction area at the station.
chain

Finally the train came and I caught this image:
Train

“Oh Dear! Deer, dear.”

Two fawns and their mom have been frequent visitors to our house the last few days. Here are a few pictures:

Fawns in the Flowers

Fawns in the Flowers

Scratch when it Itches

Scratch when it Itches

A Watchful Mama

A Watchful Mama

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