December 11, 2010
View From My Window
Two snapshots taken yesterday while sitting at my desk:
Bad quality - but these beasts are damned fast.
Please send views from your window to publish here.
And. Oh yes. Welcome back at the bar. I missed your comments.
Posted by b on December 11, 2010 at 02:27 PM | Permalink
You've moved to the country!?
We have the same beasts here.
Posted by: beq | Dec 11, 2010 5:38:20 PM | 1
where are you b? that doesn't look familiar. i will try hauling out my camera, i'm so bad. it is nightime here, maybe tomorrow.
i put a new greywater pond in my from yard about a year ago. i have little fish now
Posted by: annie | Dec 11, 2010 9:41:41 PM | 2
looks like you are back in Ostfriesland. My father-in-law tells me the weather is dreadful there. I got out of Rheinland Pfaltz just in time. It is sunny and 10 celsius here in north east Italy.
Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 12, 2010 8:22:39 AM | 3
Trees with their Autumn colors are still around in December, here in Texas. Some leaves have fallen but most are still clinging to the branches. It's sunny this morning. It's almost midday and a couple of degrees above freezing.
Posted by: Copeland | Dec 12, 2010 12:30:13 PM | 4
here's what's happening around here:
Rain continues to hammer western Washington this morning with many neighborhoods picking up nearly 3" of rain since midnight. Doppler radar shows moderate and steady rain for much of western Washington. Winds will also be a factor, especially along the coast today. We've already seen gusts of 55 mph + for coastal communities. Gusty winds are also blowing in the Cascade foothills.
A Flood Warning has been issued for a large number of rivers in western Washington. As much as 5-10" of rain is possible over the mountains, with 1-3" possible over the Puget Sound lowlands by Sunday afternoon. Current flood watches and warnings
Posted by: anna missed | Dec 12, 2010 2:38:34 PM | 5
I smell the cold and my shoulders straighten.
Winter raps at the door, no longer a stranger
To flights of leaves, rearranged.
For all to whom my greeting comes
Each letter steadies my hand
Like shelter to comfort me in bitter weather.
Posted by: Copeland | Dec 12, 2010 9:02:30 PM | 6
no cute critters in sight here tonite - there's only a couple of inches of snow on the ground but the air temp is currently -10c w/ a wind chill of -19c and dropping.usually see a lot of grey squirrels, birds and a family of opossum that live under the shed. under these conditions, however, i will keep my eyes peeled for penguins, in case they start migrating along the mississippi corridor
Posted by: b real | Dec 12, 2010 10:27:47 PM | 7
check your inbox b, i sent some photos from today.
the weather is amazing here right now. it's rained a lot over the last week and has been amazingly unchilly. perfect weather for mushrooms and they are out in abundance. i took a walk around lake phoenix on mt tamalpais w/my friend and her little camera that looks like a cell phone. it was mindblowing. she's my friend going on multiple decades, excruciatingly wonderful and we take walks a lot looking for mushrooms cuz it is her thing, but never ever ever have i seen so many amazing ones in one day.
the trees had skirts of brilliantly perfectly formed oyster mushrooms and there were an amazing variety of others.
one i had not seen before (we only saw the one patch of three) had what appeared to be syrup drips on it (not dripping tho, just drips hanging there). out of curiosity i gently touched one of the drips possibly w/expectations it would stick to my finger but it responded exactly like water although there was no rain today and it was in the late afternoon. nonetheless i was convinced by the touch it was some kind of dew or medicinal bach water. i wished i had had a container to collect a little. i stuck my tongue out as far as i could and leaned in for just one drop not wanting to disturb this miracle too much. just one little drop. it exploded on my tongue w/an intensity i cannot possibly describe, but i'll give it a shot. it felt like an organic shot of rubbing alcohol but a different flavor. not a 'mushroomy' flavor tho. it tasted like a tree maybe although i have never tasted a tree. it was so potent i instinctually tried spitting it out not because i didn't want it but because it occurred to me it could be poison. normally i wouldn't fear a little drop, but the intensity was so great i could not escape the possibility. the taste was still massively potent in my mouth so i enjoyed it knowing i had done my best. then i continued to enjoyed the rest of our walk, only better..more aware and euphorically. maybe it was in my imagination..nah.
the ones that look like perfect disney umbrella mushrooms w/the thick sensual stalks, they were about 12-16 inches tall and not even a little eensy weensy suggestion of imperfectness. the light ruffly drooping edges were delectable.
[para removed on request from annie - b.]
those brilliant orange mushrooms...naturally we didn't pick them. they were too perfect for picking. the batch in the photo is at least 2 feet across. the lips are sublime. there was a ranger staring at us threw his binoculars (we were off the path!) and i'm sure he noticed we were only taking photos.
then, there were the psilocybin mushroomie looking kinda ones in all their royalness just popping their heads out everywhere, but i don't know if these were psilocybin, they looked bigger than the ones than grew all over sonoma county back then.
dustin knew the names of many of them and recited them, but me not being a fancy word person they flew out of my mind swiftly w/ease. ;) (sorry!)
there were other mushroom pics she didn't send me tonight (some AMAZING ones). i told her to please send the photos of my messy messy fall garden she took when she dropped me off. those ones we took for you! my yard.
Posted by: annie | Dec 12, 2010 10:50:07 PM | 8
I have a bird, looks like a jackdaw and acts like a crow (which fits) who sits or hangs on a vine that trails in front of my window. This would make a neat photograph in the black and white silhouette line.
We have had a lot of snow, and Jack eats the berries, they are grapes really, tiny and very bitter. I’ve seen Jack at my front door, and at another window as well. He sometimes hops about in front of the kitchen door, you’d swear he was acting cute.
This week’s black and white photo collections:
Audio slideshow, Thesiger’s photographs, bbc:
Unseen photos of WWI soldiers, France, independent
Posted by: Noirette | Dec 13, 2010 9:45:40 AM | 9