Friday, April 23, 2010

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A Different Kind of Mushroom

Do you know what these are? They're a common mushroom (more specifically I think thought of as a "shelf fungus") found in lots of places all over the world and in the States we call them turkey tails (trametes versicolor)..Curiosly, they're a major component in many herbal anti cancer formulas....I am fascinated by how they grow in concentric rings. Plus, they have a super velvety texture when they're fresh.
And their colors are more nuances of earth tones than you knew about.

I found a whole bunch out in the filbert orchard behind my house. It's pruning time and there were lots of downed logs with loads of turkey tails growing on them.
I brought some home and thought about displaying them all science like....maybe pinned onto some black paper with names and arrows written in white ink.

But then I make one big hybrid rosette out of them.

And enjoy it on my front porch for a while.
Turkey tails mesmerize me.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Longing for Mexico

It's raining and I miss Mexico - it's noise, it's color, it's civility, it's age.
Some pages from when I first started my travel journal: Yucatan November 08. I don't journal much but traveling seems to bring it out in me.
Here's one of my favorite pages from my Chiapas trip.
It says, " the river of life"....I had just come back from witnessing a beautiful Easter procession in the town of Zinacantan......And I had been interested in exploring the egg shape..a young Mayan girl (who was selling trinkets with her brother) made the drawing on the bottom of the page and gave it to me when she was done.

Oaxaca anyone?

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April Showers Bring May Flower

Lilacs are blooming.

Need I say more?


Beautiful Bumblebee Tattoo Spyed at Passionflower

How fun is this?

I think the larger than life size scale of the bee is just right. And those are orchid flowers on the side. She's going to have it colored in but I like it in this stage too....

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Apple Blossoms in the Willamette Valley

The palest of's a member of the rose family......five petals.......

These delicate blooms are from some gnarly old trees in the side of my yard.......and if the apple is blossoming the lilac cannot be far behind.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

More Tillandsia Love

Here's a tillandsia getting ready to flower. I attached it to a piece of rustic bark.....
Kind of grounds it don't you think? Gives it something to spring forth from.

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