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Mushroom Fairy Ring

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I found a fairy ring to share.  Sometimes it seems as though you have seen something so many times, but when you want to show an example, one can be excessively hard to find.

In the first photo, you can see a mushroom fairy ring on the forest floor, in the shade.  This is not a particularly large ring, about a yard (one meter) in diameter.  I think this means it is sized for smaller fairies to use as a gathering or dancing ring 🙂

A close up of this ring shows it to be fairly symmetrical.  Although the mushrooms are not evenly distributed around the ring, but heavily weighted to one side.

The bottom photo shows a different type of mushroom growing among the smaller ones in this ring.  If you look at the middle picture very close, in the upper left corner, you might spot the relatively larger interloper pushing up through the fir needles on the ground.


Floating Maple Leaf

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Today I looked outside my kitchen window, and saw a maple leaf floating around, but it never touched the ground.  As I watched it dancing around from side-to-side as well as up-and-down, I figured out what was going on.  It was entrancing, but I kept my cool, grabbed my camera and took a number of photos.  The leaf had to be caught on a spider web.  I couldn’t bear to free it from its tether, because I had never seen a leaf snared like this and did not want it to end.

We have run into so many spider webs when walking through the trees here.  You almost need to walk with your hands and arms in front of you moving around, or you end up with webs in your face and hair!