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I love the different patterns one can find when looking at tree bark. On a recent outing I was struck by the amazing colors and patterns on birch bark. So, today I thought I would share with you the beauty of birch!

Let’s start by checking out this lovely quartet! What is striking is the differences in each tree!

Quartet

Quartet

I love how colorful this bark can be! I was mistaken in believing that the bark on this tree was white!

Colorful

Colorful

I love the way the bark peels back on this tree!

Peeling

Peeling

Can you see the bird’s face in the bark in this next shot?

A birds face

A birds face

This next shot shows the interior of the tree. Makes me wonder what happened to cause the split in the tree!

Banded

Banded

Can you see the person staring out from the opening in this last shot?

The face within

The face within

So, what do you think of this tree bark?

Thank you for dropping by today, and be well! ^..^

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Get a little bit of rain, mix it with a bit of leaf litter, and the mushrooms begin to pop! You can find them everywhere, even in the grass and mossy areas of the yard! Today I wanted to share some of these lovelies with you that I took after our recent rain!

Coming up from leaf litter

Coming up from leaf litter

I discovered this mushroom which reminds me of…well tell me if you agree from the photo description!

The booby mushroom

The booby mushroom

Here is a newie! You can gauge the size of it by the blades of grass that surround it!

Teeny tiny

Teeny tiny

Here is one that has already shed its spores and is fading…

Curling

Curling

Wandering about, I discovered these flat tops!

Flat tops

Flat tops

And, one final shot of a lovely mix of mushrooms…

A lovely mix

A lovely mix

I hope that you enjoyed these mushrooms! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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Michelle over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Dreamy” for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! Great topic Michelle! She asks that we share “an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!” Ready?

Using Michelle’s words: This photo is “silent, peaceful, perfect.”

Silent, peaceful, perfect!

Silent, peaceful, perfect!

Sometimes I wake up in a fog…

I wake up in a fog

I wake up in a fog

Other times, I find myself floating…

Floating

Floating

Or looking at something that seems not of this world!

Not of this world

Not of this world

I often find my head in the clouds…

Head in the clouds

Head in the clouds

Or, just drifting amongst the mountain tops!

The fogs drifts along the mountains

The fogs drifts along the mountains

Where does “dreamy” take you? Add your photos to the WordPress Photo Challenge!

Enjoy your Friday! ^..^

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Let me start with saying that today has been a trying day. We have had issues with a router that has kept me from using the internet today until it was fixed. Then, I have been having issues commenting on other peoples blogs that I am trying to work out with WP. To top it all off this annoying little popup box keeps coming up asking for me to enter my network password! This will be fixed shortly.

Now, for today, sorry for the late post! I was recently in an area with birch trees and was amazed to find a huge “mushroom” growing out the side of a dead birch. I had never seen anything like this! It is very different than what we have here locally. Looking it up I discovered that this mushroom, or fungus, is called a Birch Polypore. Check it out!

Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore

They have a smooth brown cap on top and the underside is white. The underside is loaded with spores! And, to give you an idea of how big they are, if you splay your fingers, they are as big as that with your palm included!

Typical brown curved cap

Typical brown curved cap

Interestingly, these are annuals in the world of plants and fungus! Looking up the dead tree, you will see how they cover the tree! The black ones are from a previous season and are dead.

Looking up a tree fully loaded

Looking up a tree fully loaded

They remind me of steps going up the tree.

Steps on a tree

Steps on a tree

I thought they were very pretty!

Pretty!

Pretty!

I hope that you enjoyed these amazing fungi! Have a great day! Be well! ^..^

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Are you ready for a challenge? I wanted to announce a new blog site that I will be hosting.

It is called Mondays Finish the Story!

Mondays Finish the Story

For quite a while now I have been enjoying writing for two flash fiction challenges. One is Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog, Friday Fictioneers, and the other is Alastair Forbes’ blog, Sunday Photo Fiction.

Mondays Finish the Story is a blog where a photo is provided with the opening line of a story that you get to finish! Not including the opening line, the challenge is for you to finish the story with 100-150 words!

I might have some kinks to work out, even so, I hope that you will join me and others in this new writing challenge!

Thank you in advance for helping me to make this site a success! Be well! ^..^

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Crossing the Channel - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Crossing the Channel – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Gertrude looked across the channel; she remembered that day long ago…

No one thought she could do it; after all, she was a woman. Women just did not do this kind of thing. Yet Gertrude was determined. She knew the hazards. There was the tidal movement that would affect her course. There would be the jellyfish and the seaweed to contend with, not to mention the cold temperatures of the water itself.

It was on August 26, 1926 when she stepped into the cold water at Cape Gris Nez, France around 7 in the morning. She wore motorcycle goggles sealed with paraffin to protect her eyes from the salt water.

Her stroke of choice was the crawl. Moving through the water she kept telling herself, “I can do this. I can do this.” It became her mantra. And, did it she did! After 14 hours and 39 minutes, she came ashore at Kingsdown, Kent. She was the first woman to cross the English Channel and set the record for the fastest time!

Gertrude Ederle came out of her reverie as they announced her name at the unveiling of the statue, a tribute to those who have swum the English Channel!
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the photo that inspired this story of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel!

If you are a writer and enjoy writing Flash Fiction, please check out Mondays Finish the Story tomorrow! This new site is a flash fiction challenge with a twist!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have an amazing day, and be well! ^..^

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I had an amazing experience recently, and it was with a bald eagle named “Hal.” He was named “Hal” because the Latin name for a bald eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalus. This eagle, male by the name, had a wing injury which has prevented him from going back out into the wild. The lovely gal Lisa that introduced me to Hal actually lives with this giant bird in her home. I felt privileged that I was able to not only meet her but this amazing bird! Hal was so amazing that I ended up taking about 150 photos of him. So, for today, I introduce you to my new friend Hal! More of this amazing bird will be shared later. Come and meet Hal!

Introducing Hal

Introducing Hal

Isn’t he a beauty? He is also a show off!

Showing off

Showing off

He is an amazingly photogenic bird…

Speaking up

Speaking up

He has pretty feet too! I sure would not want to get caught by these!

Hal has pretty feet!

Hal has pretty feet!

He fluffs up his feathers…

One amazing profile!

One amazing profile!

He has been checking out his surroundings and takes a moment to look down.

Looking down

Looking down

Here he is with his caregiver Lisa. She was just as lovely as Hal, and shared information about this bird and his species. Watching the two of them one could feel the bond between the two. Lisa is a volunteer for Bird TLC, a group formed in 1988 by Dr. James R. Scott, a now retired veterinarian.

Hal and his caregiver

Hal and his caregiver

One final photo of Hal for today…Majestic!

Thank you for visiting with me!

Thank you for visiting with me!

If you would like to find out more information about this group of bird lovers and rehabilitators then click on Bird TLC!

Thank you Lisa and Hal, and Bird TLC! And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to visit with me today! Have one heck of an amazing day and be well! ^..^

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