Each October for the past fourteen years I've been very excited about foraging for the Oregon Mycological Society and the Fall Mushroom Show. Not so this year, all in person gatherings have been cancelled.
Instead I decided to revisit some of my past fungal finds for your enjoyment.
This is a poster I did for the OMS Toxicology committee a few years back with the most toxic in the PNW.
Thanks for asking about that Teen.
Today we spent the afternoon counting geese, a sparrow hawk and some pintail and mallard ducks. Thank you Jackson Bottoms Wetlands for a lovely day with the Mrs.
Wood heat for the studio, it is a butchering act, most of my alder has been consumed by pleurotus, those lovely oyster mushrooms and their kin, therefore no R value for heat when burned. Super lite.
Being outside walking in nature and looking closely to see what and who might be ready for a close up. Some recent subjects I spotted walking while breathing the fresh clean air in some of our favorite nature spots, including our yard.
Food is something I think about a lot, really too much time is spent contemplating all aspects of a meal. I find it stimulating and exciting pulling a meal together for our enjoyment. This year cooking and dining have taken on a few challenges.
Gone are the days of let's go out for Sichuan or a burger, slice of pizza and salad, nope now it's were do you want to eat? Dinning room, living, front porch, back deck, how about dinner theater?
Most of the fun comes into play keeping it interesting, having ingredients on hand and maximizing the garden and pantry.
Here are some of the meals, both Karen and I contributed to the cooking.
Over the past 38 years and counting this amazing woman has been my best friend. We have traveled together, shared ups and downs, witnessed life's highs and lows all the while falling deeper in love.
As many who know us will attest, she has made me a better person. I look up to her as a role model of good, a loving caring soul and a diligent hard worker. We share so many wonderful qualities and happiness.
How blessed I am to have met her all those years ago, seeing her walking along a rugged shore dressed in wool, so beautiful and confident. She is an amazing woman.
I am so grateful she is my wife.
Missing our routine of low tide walks, I decided we all need a peek of the amazing haystack rocks of Cannon Beach.
Karen and I have been enjoying short trips to the Oregon coast for many years. We are fans of super low tides, but any minus tide is enough to entice us for a long beach visually stunning walk. Summer, fall, winter or spring there is always beauty to be found on the Oregon coast.
I take a lot of photos. My eye is always looking for that beautiful shot, something strange, unusual or just plain stunning.
Here is a little mix of my musing on land sea and sky. some are straight photos, others are imagined using photo editor Pixelmatr.
Photography has been an important part of my expression since high school.