I'm a failure as an event photographer. But, I had a great time and enjoyed my short visit.
On Wednesday, Christmas Eve day, I wrapped presents. I made a lemon Bundt cake, packed my stuff up and piled it all into the car for my trip on Christmas morning. But the first thing I did was to go for a hike.
It was cold, foggy and beautiful.
At the top of the hill the fog lifted a little, so I just sat on a favorite downed log...
and spent some quiet time with mother nature.
The Oaks are covered with many different mosses, lichens and tiny ferns, mostly on their north sides.
I walked up the ridge to an Oak tree that I had noticed before, because it has a multitude of mushrooms underneath it. It's a healthy, average looking oak tree that, for some reason, has an abundance of different mushrooms growing below it.
There are some that look like pretty rocks...
These two, very different mushrooms, seem to be having a serious relationship.
except for this one...
This one starts growing up through the earth like a brown ball of leaves...
This one looks good enough to eat... but who knows.
The rain and sunshine is producing a lot of mushrooms this year. They're everywhere.
This one is on the slope behind our house.
I love looking for mushrooms. It's like a scavenger hunt and there are so many different kinds.
I don't know what any of these mushrooms are and I would rather not think that I do. It's safer to take pictures of them than to make a decision about the good and bad ones, eat them and end up sick... or worse.
My Italian family knew which were OK. They showed me when I was little, gave me books, explained which was which... but still... I just don't trust myself to know.
This is a wonderful pastime... photographing mushrooms.