' Can You Imagine?
As the year draws to a close there are some things that I want to say . It has been an extremely tough year and the unconditional support of those around me has shown me how much I am valued and loved (especially when the chips are down).
My mum encouraged me to start this blog and it has provided me with a hundred reasons to get out and about and really explore my local countryside.Milo has been my incentive to walk and walk and walk.... and those around me who I love dearly the reason to come back.
My interest (now an obsession admittedly) with fungi and mushrooms started in September when I was on a usual walk in the woods with Milo; because my head was bent in thought I was looking at the ground intently rather than the trees. I began to notice and really see for the first time the fungi that surrounded me and my interest was awakened. I can recall texting my mum at regular intervals to update her on how many species I had seen. I was furious with myself that I didn't have my camera. Needless to say I was back the following evening with my camera and mum in tow and the rest is history. I am delighted too that Frankie ( 9) is a nature bod and she surprised me last week when she spotted some fungi poking through the snow saying 'ooh mum,look Dead Man's Fingers'.That was a very special moment.
Mum thankfully shares my interest and shows incredible patience if she is with me when I am scrabbling about in the mud and leaf litter on my belly to get a few shots. I am hoping this year for a wet summer so that I can begin my quest again with a little experience behind me.
As for New Years Eve, I am thankful that I have a cold providing me with the perfect excuse to turn off my mobile and sink into oblivion around 10.30pm.
I shall leave you with one final quote
'I can scarcely wait for tomorrow
when a new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does each day.
The Round Stanley Kunitz
Sunday, 26 December 2010
What a gorgeous day-mum and I were up and out early and reaped the benefits of early morning sunshine and mists! The photos are in chronological order of our walk ( one of my personal favourites which we do when we have a little more time ) which took us across the fields and then down by the canals.
|by the end of the walk he had a very fetching frosty beard !|
|spectacular icicles everywhere|
|ever present in the exact same spot!|
Managed to avoid the TV all day which was an added bonus...
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
with the positively tropical temperature today of 2 degrees I was pleased to see that the snow and ice of recent weeks has not killed off all the fungi.
|am driving myself potty trying to identify all the bracket fungi-will trawl the internet and return...|
|I want this to be Antrodia albida,but I'm really not sure...|
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
|where would I be without the good old oak - having said that, there are only so many winter landscapes I can take photos of before people become really bored ...|
|I do believe those are oak leaves beneath the ice : )|
|a lone berry defying the odds|
|fence post (just in case it's not obvious)|