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Frosted Mischief

Yesterday I went for a walk through a semi-freddo world poised between Autumn and Winter.  I walked my favourite way, out from where the houses are tightly clustered around the village green, before they peter out in four directions, as if pulled on by the four winds.  The houses huddle together, setting out their sturdy resistance against the human urge to explore.  Four walls hold great power: "Stay here, within!" they whisper.  "Stay warm, stay safe!"  But the door!  The door has power, too.  "Come outside!" it implores.

Frosted leaves on the verge


Tiny frozen worlds of moss (probably harbouring many Tardigrades)

Here, the road was flooded.  Water spilled out from a spring or maybe a run-off on one side of the road, and gushed across to the other side, where it descended into the river in a noisy torrent...

...aforementioned noisy torrent!

Delicate green ferns with neat rows of spores

The most delicate spider's-web, dewed with droplets.  Fairy hammock? ;-)

Piles of smashed ice lay at the roadside, like broken glass

Lichen: one of my favourite things. <3  Any twig I find covered in it, I always think of as a 'magic stick'. >_<

More lichen...

...and more (about 10% of the lichen pictures I took!)

A delicious little sphere of moss, with beautiful, tiny leaves.  Can you see the tiny little strand of spider's silk with minute droplets clinging to it?  I love close up photography...

Another fern, this one with bronze spores

A plump, juicy, pregnant reminder that although things look a bit dead, life goes on! :-)

The world stuck inside a raindrop

This big puddle was skinned over with a fine layer of ice.  It felt uncanny but very satisfying to plunge my boot into it!  Crunchy and squishy and very cold!!  Out spilled a lot of brown water, and my brain dredged out a phrase for it: "footpath consomme"...

A tumbledown shelter.  There is much evidence of humans around these parts but you hardly ever see any...


A rather friendly tree, out from under which flows...

...a tiny stream!

The water makes mesmerising patterns

Some flies were hanging out on this tree, sunbathing

Yes, I went outside, and walked my favourite way - past the church, then straight ahead at first, sloping down a little, and eventually veering left, then right, to where an old bridge crosses the river.  The river - a laughing, liquid line through the world.  Here, I don't cross the bridge, but turn left, leaving the road and taking a footpath that cuts through fields, leading to an incongruous patch of pine forest, suddenly dark and forbidding after the openness and light of the fields.  That is not to say, however, that it doesn't invite exploration.  Just be cautious as you step over the stile into the shaded world between the trees.  What mischief and craziness lurks there?  Let me show you!

Into dark, out of light
Out of day, into night

*insert Norwegian folktale characters here*

Fungi!  Beautiful, delicate growths whose flesh was translucent, like alabaster.  These ones had ice on their surfaces...

...like ice rinks for very small creatures

Finely-gilled underneath

Trees pointing to heaven

Something strange amongst the green

Bark, with reptilian scales

Droplets of resin: future amber?

Bizarre fungi sprouting from a half dead tree... they looked just like ears!

When I looked them up on my return home, I found that they have an extremely unappealing common name: 'Jew's Ears'. :-(

Maybe 'Tree's Ears' would be better! XD

Soon after, it began to feel even colder than it was already... and a large black cloud began to mass in the distance.  Time to go home!  I took no more photographs on the way home, preferring to take memories instead. :-)  (Otherwise, one risks becoming embroiled in a state of Hysterical Photography, in which everything appears to demand photographing, and instead of looking where one is going, one is apt to fix one's gaze on or through the camera, and end up tripping over something and landing on one's arse. XD)

I got home just as it was looking like some sort of precipitation might be heading for the village, and also just in time for lunch. :-)

I hope you enjoyed walking with me and that you are not snowed in!  It has been snowing rather wetly here, so I doubt it will settle, but it might be slippery out...  I think we might be lighting the fire this weekend!


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Nov. 28th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)

Ah, snow... we hardly ever get snow here, so can get away with romanticising it and not having to know where to find the shovel. ;-)

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
Nov. 27th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
I've never seen jelly ears before, very interesting
Nov. 28th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
They are indeed most curious...

I wish I'd been able to identify the other fungi but there seem to be rather a lot of whitish ones of about that size!
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Nov. 28th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Those are really great photos!

Nov. 28th, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-) Credit ought to go to the camera and serendipity really!
Nov. 28th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos, and your writing makes them even more interesting!
Nov. 29th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
Nov. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Jew's ears, what's next - mushroom minstrels? ;) So much love for your walk and photographic post :) Well done!
Nov. 29th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
What's next in the world of politically-incorrect mycology... I dread to think! ;-P

Thanks for the compliment! ^_^
Nov. 29th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I love the way you write :D

As soon as I have a deposit saved, I'm moving out of the city. I miss having greenery on my doorstep that doesn't come in the form of a council-funded, yob-vandalised park.
Nov. 30th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^

Good luck with the saving. I can recommend the non-city life - thought I might miss the convenience and stuff-happening of living in a town or city, but I don't. Also, it's rare in the city that you look out of the living room window on a Sunday morning to see confused sheep streaking past, followed by a farmer giving chase! >.< (This was our Sunday morning entertainment!) Beats being woken up at 5 a.m. by the crime copter chasing some drug dealer through your neighbour's garden... ;-P
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work! Thumbs up, and keep it going!
Feb. 15th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you've enjoyed reading so far...
Mar. 19th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Very good post.
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
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