Monthly Archives: June 2013

On the Bathroom Ceiling – Mushroom

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I am not making this up, folks!

How ironic I was just posting what grows on the forest floor (not done with that btw), when what do you know? Nature comes to me.

Yesterday I noticed a little nub in the upper corner of my bathroom…what in the world?!? Watched it closely and here is what developed…

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Mushroom yesterday 6-25-13 at 7AM

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Mushroom yesterday 6-25-13 at 6PM

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Mushroom today 6-26-13 at 7AM

Now, I know it’s not healthy to have mushrooms growing in your home…all those spores I’m breathing in…and I notified the landlord, but I am kind of fond of the little fellow! He surprised me when I discovered him, I watched him grow, measured his progress, and permanently put him in my sketchbook.  Can’t help it, too late, I like him!

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On the Forest Floor – Saddle Mushroom and Lily of the Valley

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OK, this guy was growing on a felled tree and the tree was on the forest floor. Is that cheating? Nah…

I believe this mushroom is a Dryad’s Saddle. It has a beautiful warm pattern that circles the top. The pattern, if looked at closely, almost resembles bird feathers.

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Here is the actual photo as our model, Puffy the toy mouse, poses next to it for scale.

Mushrooms aren’t the only thing growing on the forest floor. Walk slowly and look down and you many find (during spring) one of my favorites….Lily of the Valley.

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I love the little dainty parasols hanging ever so gently. These are one of my favorite wildflowers! Those of you whose birthday falls in May, are lucky to have this as your birth month flower. Lucky ducky. 😉

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More “on the forest floor” treasures to come!

On the Forest Floor – Morel Mushroom Watercolor

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The next few posts will feature some treasures I find while hiking in the woods. Walking slow and scanning the floor with my eyes, helps me notice things amongst the leaf litter which can be in camouflage and easily overlooked.

Today’s watercolor is of a morel mushroom. This mushroom is popular with shroom heads (term of endearment, not making fun of), who religiously hunt these mushrooms down for their culinary possibilities.

The morel mushroom is also called the “May mushroom” because that’s the month you’re expected to find it and sure enough it was.

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Here is a photo of the moral next to Mr. Puffy, a toy mouse who is about 3 inches long and maybe 1.5 inches wide and used for scale.

Do you see how the morel seems to disappear around last year’s dead leaves? That’s why I love to take my time when exploring in the woods. I don’t want to miss a thing!

It’s fun to take a break from landscape paintings and work on some still life for a change.