Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
After seeing the gorgeous moon just before 10:45 on Friday, I decided I would schedule some late night outdoor time just to capture the moon. So I went out at 10:45 last night. No moon! I called my husband and told him that somehow I had lost the moon. He couldn't see it either. Then I remembered, just as the sunrise time changes from day to day, so does the moon rise. I found a calculator to help me for next time. I stuck it out and waited. Around 11:45 signs were beginning to appear.
And details were beginning to show as the moon rose above the tree line.
She did not disappoint. A waning gibbous 77% illuminated.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Discovered an unusual kind of mushroom at Bassette Creek Park earlier this week. This mushroom cap is paper thin, like a flower petal. A large crop had come up along the shady forest path. The underside was already starting to darken for some.
I thought nothing of it, but thought I might try to return for more photos. They were all melted to little stem stubs. These are a variety of 'inky cap' mushrooms. The gills liquefy and melt away.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Dragonflies are ancient. Scientists say they predate dinosaurs! The above photo almost looks like a fossil or maybe a cave painting, but it is just shadow and motion blur that give the effect.
I spent the morning capturing dragonflies at Bassett Creek Park in Crystal Minnesota. Lots of Ebony Jewelwings were out. They seem to have an uncanny ability to know when you are looking at them and turn to face you to hide their wings.
There were plenty of other more common dragonflies there too: Like Twelve-spotted Skimmers.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
There has been a whole lot of dirt moving around at the park. Most for the city improvements, but nature too has her share of mud-moving jobs. Barn swallows have home building project in progress at the pavilion.