Unusual To You Too?

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Guest host Lignum Draco asks us to experiment with something unusual.

A sudden appearance of some unusual  fungus in opposite sides of my yard on the fringes of woodland surpised me!

I still don’t know what this one is above.

But the bottom one is “Strobilomyces strobilaceus, also called Strobilomyces floccopus and commonly known as old man of the woods, is a species of fungus in the family Boletaceae. It is native to Europe and North America. ” Wikipedia   

This one appeared just in front of my car parked in my driveway.  I don’t think I’ll eat it.


Land of Opportunity!

So exciting! I started out to do some research for an art idea I have and in doing so I just discovered a new world! of opportunity at Google Earth!  When I realized I could be more specific in my search, this is where I found myself.  And then here!  Ok, now it’s your turn! The sky’s the limit!

Meanwhile, there’s been some progress dealing with the debris as a result of that microburst that landed a few trees in our yard.  Actually, I was told five good sized hardwood trees.  We found someone who wanted the wood to burn and he’s been coming to saw and haul a little at a time.  It’s a win-win situation.  He’s probably got enough wood there for the rest of his life and we are gaining our backyard back. (We do keep a wood stove in the cellar for occasional use but I have a hard time breathing with the wood dust.)  As the logs get hauled out I’ve been discovering some good stuff and some bad stuff, but we’ll focus on the GOOD STUFF!

Now, I know that the blackberry leaves print beautifully but I’m not so sure about the dewberry or the blueberry leaves.  Have you tried eco printing with them? I’ll be trying them out after I come home from Quilting By The Lake, which I’ve been packing for all week!

Nina Marie is there now!  Sad we are not there at the same time!


Looking Back at Punta Nata, 1982


WordPress Photo Challenge: This week, share a collage with us. It can be a collage you find out in the world — a grouping of flyers on a telephone pole, patches of plants in a bed of flowers, a parking lot checkered with colorful cars — or a collage made of multiple photos. 

Punta Nata
Top, left to right: Woman making tortillas; Collecting the last of the water supply; Tree, the focal point as you arrive in the village; Water carrier happy to pose for a photo. Bottom, left to right: The child-military rises in the morning and reports to duty; A sunset gathering was a ritual at la playa; This woman was one of our protectors, but was mostly there to keep the kids in line. We, however, were protected by an army that formed a concentric circle around us “Americanos.”

For a little more background info about this trip you can go back a few weeks to a previous post here.