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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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

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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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Cloudy water?!

Autumn has been a bit odd this year – normally there are beautiful sunny days but this year has seen a lot of grey days and it is very dry. This image was taken last week, there was a frost and it turned out to be a beautiful day :)  This is a creek that runs into the dam and was taken literally as the sun was about to come up over the horizon.

cloudy water

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Fairy Fungi…

Eventually I have got out to take some images :) It’s late autumn here now but very dry so there isn’t as much fungi as normal.  I did find this old gum tree in the dark shade of the forest which had an explosion of tiny fungi down a branch, much to my delight.  The vibrant green is wet moss  :)

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Mycena clarkeana

 

Pressing Pinot…

Hello again everyone!  It is good to be doing a post again :)  This image was taken about two weeks ago as one of the last of the finished 2015 Pinot Noir ferments was being pressed off the skins at work.  I used a longer exposure to capture the ‘trails’ of juice as it splashed into the press tray using the available light from an open door.  The fermented wine is now safely in French oak barrels where it will mature for another two years :)

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Undulations & MM2 – 1!

Hello again everyone!  Once more, apologies for not responding to comments (I appreciate them!) or liking posts, but at least I’m managing to post for Monochrome Madness, the first week of year two, hosted by the ever hard working Leanne Cole.  I took this nearly a month ago in a landscape shaped by a distant history of volcanoes…the grass is bleached white, it is barren and dry with granite outcrops.  On this day, there were massive clouds moving very quickly causing huge shadow and light contrasts  If you click in, there are cows on the left crest in what I think of as a folded or undulating landscape :)

undulation

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A golden moment….

Another quick hello!  Having not had much opportunity to take images of late, I saw this in our garden a few weeks ago just as the last rays of the sun for the day were hitting this little flower (unusual for me, I threw the label away last year when I planted it – doh!).  A wonderful moment with the background in deep shadow and the low angled light picking up detail of the pollen grains and petal texture :)

golden

As always, click in for more detail.