The Watcher/Blue Heron by the Lake Photos


I took my regular tri weekly neighborhood roundabout this morning and grabbed my camera on the way out. We had  a shift in weather with some rain, then hot once more; and I knew there would be fungus opportunities out there. There were a few other things as well.

The fungus first.

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There was so much diversity among the little sprouts today, as though self expression was the order of the day in the mushroom world.

From the traipsing troupe…

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There was character in every one.

But the glory moment for me was finding this beautiful blue heron, keeping watch over the neighborhood lake as it enjoyed the early morning.  I apologize for not having my zoom but it is quite weighty on a hike.

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He watched me watching.  Slowly, he crept alongside the water, strutting and keeping an eye on my movement.

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It seemed to be the guardian of the lake this morning. Eventually it sauntered off to hide behind some water grasses.

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So I continued my walk, in search of other little miracles.

And this took the prize for smallest of the day!

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Busily making his slow way across my path, he seemed not to worry about being trodden upon.

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Good thing he wasn’t here the day these folks came through…

More mushroom wonders awaited.

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A mushroom Mylar!  Must have been in honor of my hubby’s birthday today!

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Apparently I wasn’t the only one interested in the little fungal delights.  I saw this squirrel happily munching what looked like a mushroom stem! He was oblivious to my presence and never flinched as I inched closer and closer to take this shot. It was a squirrel morning.

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This one was on a serious mission to make the tree before I took his treasure.  No thanks, little guy.  While a lot of people adore squirrels and I do admit they are entertaining; I still know that they are merely rodents with nicer overcoats than their sewer roaming cousins.  And the love to try and steal the food I leave for my birds. 😦

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So, I’ll leave you with a little beauty, albeit a nuisance in its own right. These nymphs wiped out what remained of my tomatoes and I am still trying to get them to “move on”. sigh.

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