3. Emergence…

This tiny toadstool standing in front of a much larger one that had been knocked over in a shaft of sunlight caught my attention.  I love the rhythm of nature – as one falls, something else emerges in it’s place to take advantage of the energy of the sun.

tiny3
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2. Twins…

My second post from the pine plantation – the light was difficult as it was very dark with bright patches of sunlight and as everything was so low to the ground I had to hand hold hence the ISO is high. In the hole of the right hand toadstool is a tiny orange maggot – a home and a meal in one 🙂

twins
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1. The Protector…

It’s late autumn here, we have had rain and so the fungi are out 🙂 🙂 Today I went again to the pine plantation to see what was there and ended up taking lots of pairs of toadstools images.  This is the first of a mini series of posts – I hope you enjoy!

umbrella toadstools
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Avenue of Honour – in Autumn…

Hello again to everyone!  A good harvest is safely in (our earliest ever) and now it seems  autumn may be early – everything is out of step.  I took this image yesterday, the Avenue of Honour in Macedon.  I’ve taken an image of this road before (click for link), last time in spring on my converted Nikon D90 in near infrared.  I may be a week too soon for the colours but still very beautiful 🙂

avenue of honour autumn 2
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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 🙂

xmas tree 1a
Taken on converted Nikon D90 in near IR. Click for better view

 

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
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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

 

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