Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you see what I see? Artsy pics of fungus and things (WARNING: image heavy!)

When off on my trip last month I captured a few snapshots of things I wanted to share from my parents-in-law's property.  Mostly they're images of fungus, lichen and moss that remind me of other things which I will suggest below the pics.  Granted fungi  and lichen are not plants, but we all sort of like to lump 'em there.  (Click on the pics for better resolution of the prettiness!)

Here it looks like it is, fungi on a tree stump!

A closer peak and you can see the stripes and whorls and texture, a little fuzzy but pine cone-like? Sadly, it also reminds me of swirls of bacon (<---always hungry for bacon!)

The cold setting makes the fungus remind me of stone, like an agate!

It's so ruffly! Icing on a cupcake or an autumn tu-tu?

I like this detail and angle.

Pure texture here.  Makes me think of something Martian/alien; a mars'-scape.

This one made me think of stylistic Chinese clouds.

Just likin' the lichen! Reminds one of coral sea reef.

...with sea urchins!

Lots of them! on a stony ocean floor.

Moss/sea urchin city!

Monolithic  acorn caps!

The colors, Duke!

Just stumped by the texture. A bit circle labyrinthian.

Hope you enjoyed seeing things from my point of view!


Liz said...

I love fungi! In the redwoods i used to teach kids about decomposers, the FBI (Fungus, Bacteria, Invertebrates)and go for fungus hikes. Your first few photos i know as "turkey tail". And lichen is amazing, you wouldn't believe it! thanks for sharing!

Sylvana said...

Great post! I love your various takes on the same image. And yes, that really does remind me of bacon too!

VeryFatPiggy said...

Love the Pattern! O,so your are of Chinese origin ?? :O
I'm 3/4 Chinese, 1/4 Japanese, and "Made" in Hong Kong. :>:>

persephone said...

@liz: Ooh! Thanks for the IDing of the fungus! Learning is a good thing! Isn't lichen edible? It's like nature's cotton candy!

@Sylvana: Thanks for fanning me! Glad you like the images and there's no escaping bacon and it's infinite presence (or our ability to see/crave it from anywhere) is there?!?!

@VeryFatPiggy: Nature is just so photogenic, why can't we all be that way? :( Yep, my parents are from Taiwan, and I consider it Chinese, though some Taiwanese might say otherwise. I'm too culturally sideways to know better. Wow, you've got a lot of culture in your background! *sigh* the Chinese Japanese thing gets complicated sometimes doesn't it? I wish we could all get along, but my mom has issues because her mom lived during a difficult time in Taiwan. Either way, I think it's cool you family got together and you're a great representative of both worlds!