1.05.2008

Things That Caught My Eye

Treebeard and I went for a walk today - surprising, I know ;) Several things caught my eye as we rambled and I thought I'd share some of them with you.

First a little swamp art:

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If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can more fully appreciate the Picasso-esque quality of this particular baldcypress knee. Baldcypress knees are kind of like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.

Next, a sort of Mother Nature still life...

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An oyster mushroom bowl holding a nut and a leaf from a beech (Fagus grandifolia), a grape leaf, and a bit of dried grass. Variations on a theme of brown.

Then, a bit of snail graffiti. This time variations on a theme of gray.

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But, in the winter woods, the eye is always drawn to a spot of color. This bright green was provided by Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides).

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And then there were textures to appreciate. The smooth tupelo berry (Nyssa aquatica) resting against a bed of prickly baldcypress needles (Taxodium distichum), crunchy red maple leaves (Acer rubrum), and a tupelo leaf.

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Last, but certainly not least, some very persistent blueberry leaves and some buds (probably Vaccinium corymbosum).

7 comments:

Wren said...

What a nice selection of photos! I particularly like the "tree art."

swamp4me said...

Thanks, Wren. I love the little things out there! Seems that Blogger has gobbled up my last photo of this post - it isn't showing up - at least not for me. Oh well, such is life.

SquirrleyMojo said...

picasso indeed! wow. i mean really. lovely.

swamp4me said...

SQMojo,
The knee looked very feminine to me - at least in a wonky sort of Picasso way.

Jennifer said...

I haven't been to such a delightful art gallery in a few days... I need to get outside again! Loved this very sensual post!

Cindy Lee said...

It looks like the snail is into fish. very nice shots

swamp4me said...

Thanks, Jennifer. And yes, go outside!

cindy lee,
Thanks for the compliment.