Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Weekly Walk

I worked a little bit on the Prairie Schooler Reindeer Ornament.

It's cold, it's gray, it's December. 
Let's take a walk!

Yesterday was a typical December day in western Oregon.  Cold, gray, and damp.  Nonetheless, I had places to go and things to see. 

The newest growth on the young Douglas fir trees is elongated and wispy.  It reminds me of something from a Dr. Seuss book.  Often, right at the tippy-tippy top, I'll see a hummingbird confidently perched while surveying his kingdom.  

I'm batty for mushrooms, I know.  But this is neat in an odd sort of way, as it is growing in a maple tree some 25 feet in the air.

From a distance, our hillside looks green with grass.  Upon closer inspection much of the green is moss.

See, mushrooms can grow anywhere!

As the year comes to a close, the old spent Oak galls are Nature's decorations.

My mushroom fascination continues...

Though it has not rained much this month, our Big Creek is still burbling along.  At our old house I could hear the creek from my bedroom window.  The new house is located too far away, and I do miss the sound of running water.
I'd title this old stump "Nature as an Artist".  It's really a pleasing geometric piece.  The circular growth rings are over-written with star-burst lines. 

Here's the most interesting thing I saw on my walk.  Down the center of our driveway, this set of tracks (hooves).  It's speculation only, but I think they belong to an Elk.  I maintain they are too big and heavy (look how deeply they are pressed into the earth) to be a deer.  I see deer tracks all the time, and they don't look like this.  One of our neighbors said that they'd recently seen an Elk, so it's not out of the question.   

And here are my Christmas ornamental - Holly....

...and Ivy.
I looked for Mistletoe, but could not find any.  Brrr!  It's cold; time to go back inside.  


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love the look of the new growth, there's something very appealing about it.

krayolakris said...

Especially love the mushrooms. We've had quite a few new types this fall in NE Florida. Thanks for the "walk"!

Beth Pearce said...

Wow I hope if that really is elk tracks that you might get to see him and maybe even photograph him -would be a nice Christmas present from Mother Nature -

Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Your photos make even a gray December day look beautiful, Beth!

Enjoy your newest PS piece :)

And Merry Christmas to you and your family!!