secret project, woods walk, and oral fixation

The shawl project is coming along… maybe 25% done. The color is someplace between the two photos,
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I really like how the colors and textures play with each other,
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It’s mostly mindless. Once in a while I’ll start a row and not like the color, but for the most part they all do well together. The trouble is the basket that the yarn is all in… it quickly becomes a tangled mess! I end up tipping it out all over the couch, and sitting there amongst the balls and skeins and bits.

walk in the woods

On Sunday, we went to Vaughn Woods in Hallowell, aka “Hobbit Land”. We did a poke about for fungi and whatever…

The water was lovely at the lower bridge on the creek,

Jewelweed (aka “touch-me-not”) was in flower,
(great flower close-ups here). The seed pods are wicked entertaining… touch them from both ends and they pop… clever little seed distribution scheme.

Check out what happens to the leaves when you put them in water,
it’s like quicksilver.

Not a mum,

Not rare,
We got a lot of phone calls about this one this year… it’s Indian Pipe. It’s interesting though… not green but is a flowering plant. It may be parasitic, saprophytic, and certainly has symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungi. Read more about its parasitic ways and other oddities.

There were lush mosses… and I even remember the names of some of them,
Anomodon attenuatus, the attenuate anomodon… no real common name. But, see how its branches start larger and get skinny to the tips? Dead give-away. mmmm hmmmmm….

Do you think I have a career as a mushroom model?

At one point I wondered… why are these leaves jumping around?
Because that leaf is a frog. But I don’t know what kind. A brown leaf frog?

chew much?

Somebody has a little oral fixation….

Not me! (zuzu)

yeah, so? (gracie)

6 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Julie said,

    September 15, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    You always find the most interesting things on your walks.
    Is there much of a need for mushroom models? If so, you’d make a great one :-)

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    Emily said,

    September 15, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    So much cool stuff! It would be so interesting to go on a hike with you.

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    kmkat said,

    September 15, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    Such cool stuff in your woods! Too bad about the chewed blanket. My kids once put an afghan I had crocheted over the hamster cage because the dog was in such a tizzy over that thing! in the cage! Said hamster chewed holes in my afghan. ::sob::

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    Mom said,

    September 16, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    I love your secret project. Why is it a “secret?” Love you! Mom

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    Miss T said,

    September 16, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

    You do indeed make an excellent mushroom model.

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    Sara said,

    September 18, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    Hmm… is Indian Pipe supposed to be rare? (Just wondering why you’ve gotten so many calls on it… I’ve always come across it wandering through the woods). I need to get to Hobbit Land before all the trees go bare…

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