You know, I think I spend more time with my backpack off and it lying on the ground than I do actually wearing it! Being that I spend so much time way down on the ground, photographing tiny things I think I need a different rig. Or one that allows me to work differently. But that’s another post.
Before I get into new stuff, here’s a leftover from May that somehow got stuck. I love it. Of course I do, it’s a fern!
And I’ve been using the square crop more and more lately. So many things just seem to call for it. I’ve never been a strict aspect ratio sort of person, instead I adapt each crop to fit the subject and mood.
I have been out and about, focusing on my major; woodland photography. The bugs have calmed down and are manageable with an appropriate layer of anti-bug goo on. Today I noticed a ton of the tiniest toads I’ve ever seen, but I was too pooped and the light was too dark for me to photograph them. I did wish each one luck on his or her way; they seem so vulnerable at this stage. Another creature that’s out and about are newts. Oh how I love these teeny dudes.
This is their only terrestrial phase; they’re still juveniles and as adults will return to the water and live for up to 15 years. So long for such a small creature.
I’ve also been chasing light and some tiny moss spore things…I don’t know what they’re called…pods? Anyway, I think I’m getting closer to the shot I want.
It’s mushroom season and they’re literally popping up everywhere, in some surprising colors –
Aside from new and interesting mushrooms, I also found this pink lady slipper flower –
I’ve never seen one like this before. I always thought the flower and stem died back completely, but I guess sometimes they don’t. I love finding new stuff in the woods.
And just so you don’t think I’m always looking down, here’s some water hemlock (yeah, the poison stuff a la Socrates).
But sometimes I’m lazy and stay close to the house. I’ve always got company.