Monday, August 29, 2011

New Bug in the Neighborhood

Looks like a Pleasing Fungus but I read they don't go north passed Florida.
This is New England. Maybe I'll submit this bug to the bug guy. We have had an incredible number of Mushrooms....
Later that evening.... Just opened my Audubon Field Guide (forgot I had it!) and found the Tomentus Burying Beetle. I think I have a match! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Heavenly Movements

Still Seeing Small

This summer I've experienced a shift in how I see the world. Maybe it's the wisdom of dog being passed onto me from Morris -- we walk, he sniffs, I wait -- what's in front of one's nose is most important. I am focused on what's in front of me: small insects, mushrooms -- I never thought about mushrooms with such excitement. Suddenly they are appearing everywhere and different kinds, so many that I can barely learn their names. I am in awe of people who study them and --as if I've stepped off a precipace -- I could change my life and devote my time to these resilient little entities. (oh, that picture is a robin's egg, not a blue mushroom. Each time I discovered a mushroom, I run for the camera. But I think: What will I do come winter? I can see myself writing about them, and painting them, but I do not want to make paintings that are cute, quaint. The mushroom is too mysterious and otherworldly. Today I found a group of white mushrooms in the woods and when I took their pictures the pixels glowed around them.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time of the Butterflies.

Swallowtails, Monarchs, small hummingbirds, all passing by too briefly.