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Monday, August 1, 2011

Fear the Fungus?

Primordial shapes appear overnight.
Brought on by more than a bit of rain
They burst through the turf,
Thrusting leaf and twig aside -
Bullies of the forest floor
Arriving in the dark,
Clothed like alien visitors
Huddled together.
Clannish they stay together
seldom venturing out alone. 







Colors,
 Shapes,
Seen only in nature,
Science fiction -
or a child's
Thickly crayoned
Work of art.

Unexpected, 
They go where they please
Oblivious to our boundaries
Borders and walls
Look quickly if you want to see
Don't delay your view
For darkness comes soon
And when it fades
It carries them with it.
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16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

lovely. :)

Sandra said...

i love mushrooms and toadstools. did you write the poem? if so you are really talented. i could not wait to scroll down and see what the next words would be and they fit so perfectly and are so true. for once i like the words more than the photos. great post

Beyond My Garden said...

Thanks, Sandra and Tex. Yes, I wrote the poem.
nellie

Anne McCormack said...

So creative! I love your photos, especially the rose-colored mushroom.

mary said...

Nelle, I love the mushroom pictures.

Beyond My Garden said...

Mary, I just can't stop taking photographs of the fungi
Anne, Thanks, I had never seen one like that rose one. It sort of looked like some molded bread we once had.
nellie

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful! It is amazing how quickly they pop up.

Les said...

With all the much appreciated rain we have been having, they are starting to pup up around here as well, though not as varied or as pretty as yours.

Out on the prairie said...

There is a sulpher mushroom that grows at the bases of oak trees that grows so fast it encases grass, twigs and leaves.All very lovely

pumpkydine said...

Wonderful pictures and words Nellie, Thanks for sharing. I like the mushrooms also, for they cause me to get down on ground level, a place that I seldom visit, but once there am amazed at what I see and learn.

Simone said...

How true, they truly do look like alien visitors! I just love how they pop up so unexpectedly ,they have such magical qualities. What a great collection!

Leigh said...

Great photos. And such a wonderful range of colors!

Karen said...

Sometimes I do wonder if I should fear them, they have such amazing shapes and colors! Love this post, your photography is wonderful.

Kathy said...

And fairies live under them!

FUJIFILM Digital Camera India said...

Superb work...

Rose said...

You really got some great photos...don't think I have ever did as good photographing fungi.