Category Archives: Mushrooms
Wednesday Vignettes: Maturity
“To rush is to miss the experience”
Posted in Basil, Colocasia, Gardening addiction, Gardening in Williamsburg, Mushrooms, Nature art, Nature Photography, Photography, Plant photos, Roses, Summer Garden, Wednesday Vignettes, weekly challenge, Wordless Wednesday
Tags: Autumn color, Forest Garden, Gardening in Williamsburg, Maturity, Nature Art, Nature Photography, Summer garden, Thai Basil, Wednesday Vignettes, Wordless Wednesday
Bejeweled with dew,
A gift found growing
In the garden.
Not paid for, but
Not unnoticed …
Rising silently from Earth,
Quite nearly undetected.
Woodland Gnome 2016
Weekly Photo Challenge: (More) Signs
This photo challenge brings back a familiar soundtrack from my childhood:
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”
Perhaps that ’60s childhood, living for a while on the safer fringes of “hippie culture” near VCU in Richmond, left me with a prejudice against too many signs.
And so I look to the natural world for “signs.”
Yes, I, too, appreciate that large “restroom” sign on the wall of the grocery store. And I almost appreciate the fast food and gas directional signs at interstate exit ramps.
And yes, super-sized street signs and stop signs make driving much nicer.
But I always cringe at the huge political placards which sprout in late summer from lawns and roadsides.
The best display I’ve seen this season featured all of the signs hung upside-down.
And the huge, neon, animated billboards towering over some interstate highways are way over the top.
I prefer the visual peace and quiet of trees and waterways; lawns and medians filled with wild flowers.
I even prefer a high concrete sound barrier, softened with vines, to the assault of hundreds of competing signs.
Perhaps I’m simply looking for information which won’t turn up on signs printed by man.
Let the signs in nature alert me to changes in the weather, and the progress of the seasons.
Let the rustling wings and calls of birds tell me the sun is up for another day, and the color of the soil tell me whether to spend my morning watering the garden or chatting with a friend.
Let the color of the sky tell me whether to bring a jacket or umbrella, and the color of a fig’s skin give testament to its sweetness.
These are the signs which speak to me, and the signs I watch for in the ever-rushing stream of time.
Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs
Posted in Autumn, Autumn Garden, birds, Colonial Parkway, Color, Dogwood, Garden Resources, Gardening addiction, Gardening How-To, Gardening in Williamsburg, James City Co. VA, Mushrooms, Native Plants, Nature art, Perma Culture, Photo Challenge, Plant photos, Roses, Trees, Use of Native Plants, Weekly Photo Challenge, Zone 7B Cultural Information
Tags: Autumn, Colonial Parkway, Forest Garden, Gardening in Williamsburg, Mushrooms, Rose, Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs