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Monday, October 21, 2013

Blue Macro Monday, October 21, 2013

Fun Guys, or the Fungus Among Us.   I was working a lot in the garden this last week trying to get rid of blackberries in some woodsy beds, and kept running into various mushrooms.   I decided to make them the subject of my post this week.   I'm linking with-

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

Monday Mellow Yellows hosted by Gemma Wiseman

A 3" (6cm) Mushroom, white with brown rough highlights, and then the underside view of the brownish gills of a second mushroom-

A cream-topped smaller mushroom with peachy larger gills-



A velvety black mushroom with a startling yellow underside with pores instead of gills, and a reddish stem, which I tentatively have identified as Zeller's Bolete-


Tiny mushrooms 1cm or less, on a log-


An abandoned wasp nest-
Strips of chewed wood, turned into thin paper layers-

My cat Celeste, who likes to follow me around the yard hoping for attention, ear scratching, etc., sharpening her claws-
Named for her celestial blue eyes-

I hope you are having a happy autumn morning, Hannah

or cameras are macro

38 comments:

  1. Hi Hannah,

    I'm so thankful that Celeste follows you so that you can play Blue Monday.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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    1. Thanks Sally, she is always trying to keep me from working. Thanks for hosting!

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  2. What a great series Hannah! The wasps nest is so intriguing in its pattern and color! And your kitty absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro this week:-)

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    1. Thanks, Laura, I enjoyed your reflections in a drop of water.

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  3. Great series! So interesting the close-up of the wasp nest!

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    1. Thanks, one year they made a big nest outside our front door, we could see it in the window over the door. I would get up on a ladder inside the house to take photos and the wasps would watch me in a very sinister way. But they didn't seem to bother us when we went in and out.

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  4. I love these beautiful photos! Have a good week!

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  5. I think the design of mushrooms are so interesting! Love Celeste's coloring!

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    1. Thanks, I've never seen the black one with the yellow pores before now. Celeste has kind of Siamese cat coloring but with the long hair I don't know what she is. She can't meow properly, she makes a very quiet squeaky noise.

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  6. Beautiful photos. The wasp nest looks really interesting close up. Celeste is a cutie!

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    1. Thanks, it's amazing how they assemble the nest from different plant material that makes the different color stripes.

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  7. I tend to get a lot on unique mushrooms in my yard after a big rain. Wish I had a big fresh blackberry cobbler from some of your berries.

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    1. In the Pacific Northwest, there is a native blackberry, R. ursinus, very thin thorny trailing vines that make very small berries sporadically, and are very persistent and hard to eradicate, spread by tip rooting and take over big areas. Then there are 2 non-native blackberries, Evergreen blackberries, which are perhaps the best tasting, and very thorny, and Himalayan blackberries, which are horribly invasive, tip root in winter, grow to be 30' long and grow up into trees. They are known to bury cars when neglected. While they do produce berries, the work it takes to keep them in control makes it not worth it, for me at least. Though I do pick them when they have invaded and made berries. They all have to be continually battled and grow up in and under other plants. I have to dig tiny thorns out of my fingers that went through my gloves. Not a fan.

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  8. Mushrooms are fascinating!
    Cute kitty, too!
    Lea

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    1. Thanks, I kept seeing more and more very different mushrooms. Perhaps other years it was raining too much now for me to be out to see them now.

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  9. Thanks Hannah for passing by my post. Yes that is one of the peas, and they are all legumes.

    Mushrooms are always wonderful subjects in photos, and you have some great varieations there. But your capture of the patterns of the wasp nest is amazing, i didn't know they can make such an incredible art, how so awesome!

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    1. Thanks, I really admire the workmanship of the wasps. I admire wasps as predators too, as long as they nest remotely enough from our house and activities not to sting us when passing by. This nest was abandoned, I don't know why or what happened to them.

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  10. Love the cat! (I'm a cat lover). :-) Nice shots of the mushrooms!

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    1. Thanks, Celeste is an unusual cat. She is always begging for affection but cannot stand for people to pick her up.

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  11. Thanks a lot, Hannah, for your kind comment on my Hamburg post. You see: the "wild side" is not limited to your garden, even in Hamburg city you can find an urban jungle!
    Currently it's mushroom season in Germany as well. But I'm far away from being an expert for the different species of mushrooms. So I focus on edible boletus / porcini, chanterelle or champignon if I have the luck to find one.
    Regards from sunny Germany, Uwe.

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    1. None of my photographed mushrooms are likely edible, I have had Shaggy Mane in the past and puff balls but don't consider them delicious enough to bother with. I would like to figure out how to grow chanterelles under my apple trees.

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  12. Beautiful series! I love the mushrooms and the close up of the wasp nest.

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  13. What an amazing collection of mushrooms. Each one like a piece of art!
    We had lots of small wasps nests earlier in the year but obviously it must depend on the wood type etc because yours is more patterned.
    But the star of the Blue Monday show has to go to Celeste ^..^
    Is she a ragdoll by any chance?

    Have a great day and thanks for sharing :D

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    1. Thank you, I was surprised to see so many different mushrooms. There were apparently a wide range of woody fibers each with a different color, but not a lot of each. Or perhaps a different wasp did every stripe. Celeste is one of the strongest cats you could find, solid muscle, and not very relaxed, so not really a ragdoll.=*v*=

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  14. Oh yes, some of your mushrooms are edible, well even more than that - they are delicious! But others shall not be put in your mouth!
    The close up of the wasp nest is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. I unfortunately missed out on my chance to study fungi in graduate school. Too many courses, so little time. I am impressed too with the wasps' skill and artistry.

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  15. Hannah is just amazing what you have done with these mushrooms. Great shots!!! Thanks for sharing on Mom #64:)
    And I love the kitty cat too:)

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    1. Thanks, Lorik, I just regret I don't have the skill and the filters to do all the wonderful things with them that you do with photographs and art.

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  16. Wonderfull mushrooms fotos, gretting from Belgium

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    1. Thanks, I enjoyed your fantastic blog post about the Blue Milk mushroom, I've never heard of them before.

      http://blog.seniorennet.be/louisette/

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  17. A wide variety of mushrooms. I've never seen most of them. Your cat is so lovely.

    http://www.1sthappyfamily.com/2013/10/a-short-weekend-trip.html

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    1. Thanks, Lina. We live in a difficult time.

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  18. I love especially the wasp nest - looks like a swedish textile design!

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    1. Thanks, Katrin, I like Swedish designs.

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