I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….

Even after 13 years of Christmas in the southern hemisphere, I still miss the cold and dark of a British Christmas.  Today we went to Musk, near Daylesford for what has become our annual tradition to buy our Christmas tree from the same Christmas tree farm.  In total opposite to the UK, the day was sunny, with blue skies and I was in a t-shirt…just the thing for an image in near infrared :)

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Taken on converted Nikon D90 in near IR. Click for better view

 

Delicate Strength….

A very big hello to everyone!!!  It’s been a long time since I last posted, in fact, nearly 6 months!  I hope everyone is well :)  A lot has happened since I was last here, as it would be for everyone.  I look forward to catching up with all your posts :)  WordPress has had a lot of changes!!  This image was taken yesterday early morning, it’s hot here and the cool of the morning was welcome.  Glad to be back :)

grass head

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A Crown of Gold…

I live near  Mount Macedon where there are a lot of houses with beautiful gardens (most are more like parks, being acres in size) that were planted in the late 19th Century, landscaped with beautiful northern hemisphere trees and plants.  They are often open to the public in spring and autumn.  Last month I visited one and saw this huge and wonderful old Beech tree, its crown in full autumn glory :)

golden crown

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Fog in the forest….

It is now officially winter down here in Oz and this last week was cold, dark and foggy (maximums of 6 C which for us is cold!).  I like the fog and the silhouettes it creates – these are evergreen Eucalyptus trees.  This is my submission for MM 2-14 hosted by the ever hard working Leanne Cole on Wednesdays – do have a look for a wonderful variety of monochrome images.

fog trees

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Light catcher!

I took this image in the pine forest – it was very dark and as I ‘oohed and aahed’ at the fungi, I spotted this beautiful spider web catching the light in a shaft of sun.  It reminded me of a dream catcher – hence a ‘light catcher’   :)

rainbow web

As always, click in for a more detailed view.

 

Forest floor: 3

I must say I do admire people who post daily – it’s a huge effort!  Well, here is day 3…I liked these specimens for their elegance. I went back a second time after it had been raining and did enjoy lying on my stomach in very wet undergrowth, delighting in this ‘other world’ of such diverse and delicate beauty :)

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From the Mycena genus? Click in for more detail :)

 

Forest floor: 2

This is the second in my mini series of autumn fungi from the pine plantation floor.  This one most people will know as a ‘fly agaric’ or  Amanita muscaria.  The image from yesterday is, I believe, a more mature example.  As I’m sure for many, this to me conjures up childhood imaginings from fairy tale books.  Taken in late afternoon light :)

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As always, click in for a bigger view.

 

Forest floor: 1

Hello everyone :)  I apologise as once again I am behind with my reader!  I find a change in the seasons always brings fresh inspiration as new things forgotten for the past year re-appear.  For me this autumn has been all about fungi and I have been exploring the huge pine plantation near where I live after a ‘tip off’ from my friend Evan.  I have decided to do a daily series of different fungi, I’m afraid my knowledge as to their names is largely non-existent, but I hope you enjoy :)  All taken with natural light, the ISO is high in them all but I feel grainy quality suits the mood of the autumn forest floor.

egg yolk toadstool

‘Egg- yolk’ – click in for more detail

 

Come rain AND shine!

Last Tuesday was a cold day full of quickly moving heavy rain bands – as I was leaving work there was a very heavy shower and the sun was low which resulted in a double rainbow.  Regular readers will recognise this viewpoint from which I’ve taken many a sunrise :)

Rainbow 2

click in as always for a larger view

 

MMC2-10 – and more fungi!

At last I have had the time to submit to MMC!   If you love monochrome images then do take time to visit Leanne Cole‘s regular Wednesday post which features a diverse gallery of images from photographers worldwide. Thanks as always to Leanne for her hard work putting together this post.  My entry for this week is more fungi taken in beautiful autumn light :)

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