Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Have you ever noticed that when you're looking for one thing in particular, you fail to see everything else entirely? Things maybe you should see? Well, this past weekend I worked hard at seeing. Everything. And I was richly rewarded with winter flowers, and grass caught in ice, and roots tangled in the earth, and bubbles in the water's surface. Good things.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Whenever I sit down to download pictures of mushrooms, I have my guide right next to. "This time," I tell myself, "I'm going to identify each and every one of them. If it kills me." I flip through the polypores. I scour the earth tongues and the inky caps and the jelly fungi. I think I've identified one, then see that it can be found in Central Ohio in March, not January. I consult the Ohio Mushroom Society. I take a break to get some almonds. How can I be all out of almonds? Okay, I consult the Audubon Society online guide. Nothing? Then I visit the online resource at OSU. And then I pull out all my hair. There are 2,000 species of mushrooms in Ohio? Seriously? I go back to one picture, satisfied that I know what a Turkey Tail looks like.