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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Rainy Fall Bloom, Leaves, and Fungi November 8, 2014

A week of rain and cold is significantly reducing the flowers in my garden.
Today I am linking with-

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

But the winter-blooming Camellia sasanqua 'Apple Blossom' surprises with an occasional bloom-

Also still blooming, Polygonum capitata-

Fall color is progressing here, Aronia in its glory, a yellow mulberry tree to the left-

Blueberries can have pretty fall color-

The rains have given new life to the fungi, many mushrooms springing up as a result-


And a more delicate white one-


Critters of the week- my ducks.  They are troupers, they outlay chickens and stick out the weather no matter how bad it gets.   They are in a movable run.

It is frustrating trying to take them in their run so I brought one in the house-

A little critter humor



The bats with their funny little wings make me think of a song I like to listen to when gardening, about  flying away like the bats.
     

-Hannah    or cameras are macro

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49 comments:

  1. I love the camellia and the mushrooms are beautiful. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, it's such a treat to find blooms on the Camellia. I'm still looking for one distinctive mushroom I saw last year that I found out is edible, so far without success.

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  2. Hannah, your camellia photo would grace any calendar or card perfectly, truly beautiful with those raindrops, or dewdrops, and Willie Nelson, I could listen to country music like that all day.I'm sure your winter coldness is nearly there, keep warm. Jean.

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    1. Thanks, Jean, the Camellia has lots of buds so I can keep enjoying them. I the country sound of Willie Nelson's voice, but especially his guitar playing. It can stay pretty warm here in the winter as long as it is raining. But we can get some pretty good lows where I live at a little higher altitude, than a few miles away.

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  3. This is a wonderful post! Your flowers are gorgeous and the duck so cute. Thank you also for sharing the videos and for linking with Today's Flowers :) Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Denise, I'm so happy to have Apple Blossom blooming after more than 10 years, but Yuletide is holding out on me. Thanks for hosting!

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  4. This is so beautiful, love it. The mushrooms turn me on, lovely.

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    1. Glad you like the fungus among us, Bob!

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  5. A duck in the kitchen What were you thinking!! Loved the Bat video, Thought they could have been the Beverley Sisters! A singing groups when I was young!! Have a good week ahead.

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  6. It's just my laundry room, Margaret! So funny. She was very well behaved, actually. I find the bats so cute, more darling than I would have imagined bats could be. Winged warriors, I appreciate their consumption of mosquitos.

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  7. I think the way in which mushroom just 'appear' overnight is remarkable - always a sure sign of autumn here - they tend to pop up around the base of our raised vegetable beds - I think it may be because water runs down the outside of the bed (they are made of corrugated metal) and keeps a small ring of soil a little damper than other areas. Well maybe!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks, Stewart, it is amazing to me how so many mushrooms start popping up. If only I could get edible ones to do that. I have tried a little with starter plugs but was unsuccessful in keeping them properly damp, apparently.

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  8. I wish it's safe to eat all mushrooms because most of them look delicious! Your mushroom photos are beautiful.

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    1. I wish I could eat them. There is one I found last year that is distinctive and edible, I haven't found it again this year. Your Virginia fall color is amazing, far beyond anything I see here.

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    1. Thanks, Birgitta, I like the peach colored gills on the first mushroom since they are kind of a surprise when I turn them over. The phone photo of the organ pipes is great!

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  10. You brought duck home for a portrait? Seriously haha, that is so funny and I loved that. :)
    Your flowers are beautiful. I also like the raindrops on them. It' give a refreshing view.

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    1. Thanks, Mari, it didn't work very well since the cabinets are the same color. I will have to try something else. I was trying my new camera but I haven't learned how to use it well enough yet, I was not happy with the detail. It's great to have the rain but the cold is hard on most flowers, but the Camellia sasanqua's like to bloom in the winter.;-)

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  11. The raindrops on the flowers are beautiful.

    Good idea about ducks for eggs...
    ~

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  12. Yes, it's great to be getting some rain. It's strange how I start sleeping better in the fall. I love duck eggs, they are bigger and more succulent than those runny little chicken eggs, the whites are firmer and whiter, like crystal.

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  13. I love, beautiful photos! Excellent tones, one I like the flower with dew drops beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Leovi, the 'Apple Blossom' is such a pretty Camellia.

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    1. Thanks, Gerald, we are really into our rainy season now after a period of lower than normal and hotter than usual weather.

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  15. Wonderful array of nature photography ~ love the duck especially!

    Happy Day to you,
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I love the ducks but they are not very friendly. My grandkids play with their chickens so much that they are quite tame, I guess I needed them when the ducklings were little.

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  16. Great mushroom pics..Love the duck...Nice collection of pictures..

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    1. Thanks, Missy, I enjoyed your nursery tour and holiday decorations.

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  17. I really love the mushroom photos!
    Have a great week!
    Lea

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    1. Thanks, Lea, I hope to see the black mushrooms again this year.

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  18. Hi Hannah,
    wonderful photos of the Autumn colors. The mushroom is stunning !
    Thank you very much for all your kind comments.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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    1. Thanks, Synnove! I like your water droplets like a crystal necklace. Spiders are wonderful artists.

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  19. So mushrooms can be at anywhere.

    They must have facebook in order to know each other.

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    1. Ha ha, so true. Those fungi are mighty mysterious. Growing and growing under the ground, then suddenly bursting forth with all their mushrooms. At least the bracket fungi are more upfront. The local Turkeytails can be made into tea, like Reishi mushrooms, another health-packed bracket mushroom. Gathering mushrooms in the wild is not something I have learned about.

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    1. Thanks, Pat, I liked your Box Elder bug macros. They are starting to come into my house for shelter now.

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  21. The colors in your yard are so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Gail, it's cool living in a forest.

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  22. lovely series of autumn images. the mushrooms are neat and the first flower is pretty with the raindrops on it.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, I wish I knew if they were edible, but I'm not much of a gambler.

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  23. It is amazing how mushrooms can vary so greatly in shape, size and colour. Incredible for a plant that has such a short life span. Lovely photos.

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    1. Thanks, Gemma, and I wonder what the underground shape and size are as well, some might be quite large. I would love to establsh some edible ones like Chanterelles.

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  24. I love the water dripping from the flowers and mushrooms. Also beautiful trees and all good shots.

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    1. Thanks, Carver, rain does keep the temperature up. Now we are having sunshine and tonight we are supposed to have a killing freeze. I've been picking, cooking and freezing Broccoli Raab and some turnips.

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  25. I always love when the mushrooms start popping up. So many forms and colors. Looks like you have some lovely fall foliage, too. Do duck eggs taste different from chicken eggs?

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  26. Thanks, Evan, I'm still waiting for the edible mushroom to pop up. I love duck eggs, the whites are crystal white and firmer, the chicken whites are yellowish and runny. The yolks are bigger and oranger, but that is true of all free-range eggs. To me they are more succulent, but taste the same. My son and daughter think they taste gamey, I don't even know what that means. They are also bigger, and ducks are more consistent layers.

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  27. love the images of the fungi. And the ducks. :)

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    1. Thanks, the ducks are not as beautiful as many of the wild ducks but cannot fly and have good dispositions. They are not as noisy as chickens and don't tear up the ground as much either, though they like to stick their bills into wet mud looking for worms.

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  28. Hello,Hannah,
    Love to see your fall color progressing! Here in my area, fall foliage will be peak soon. The red leaves of blueberries are beautiful! You harvest the fruits from your blueberry tree? I like blueberry jam very much. Your pink flower with drops is lovely and the white mushroom is so beautiful. It looks like an elegant parasol.
    Thank you for your lovely visit.
    Have a good weekend, from Japan.

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