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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Our Neighborhood

Our (gravel) road.

Some kind of mushroom.

A path through the woods.



A "right handed" pine tree.

Sarracenia flava.


Southern cricket frog. Thanks to Tom for the ID!

Amanita muscaria (possibly formosa variety.)

32 comments:

Scott said...

Lana,

Nice pics as always! I think where y'all live is beautiful.

Tom said...

Lana- Looks like you have photographed a cricket frog.

Tom

Drowsey Monkey said...

Such gorgeous photos, as always! Right handed tree is interesting, LOL But my favs are the mushrooms. Very cool!

Barbara Martin said...

All the photos are lovely, but the first one speaks to me and secondly, the toad is too cute.

Charles Gramlich said...

What Lana fails to mention is that when she kissed that toad she got me.

Lana Gramlich said...

Scott; Thanks. I knew this was the place for us the 1st time we pulled up in the driveway to see the house, to be honest. :)

Tom; Thanks much for the ID!

Drowsey; Thank you. We get a very wide variety of mushrooms & general fungi here in the hot, wet South.

Barbara; Thank you. I was delighted to catch the teensy amphibian hopping along the leaf litter.

Charles; Hey! Are you insulting my husband??? Or perhaps even me, in suggesting that I go around kissing frogs? *LOL*

debra said...

Looks like the road less traveled, Lana. It certainly looks different from my wintry world.

Doson said...

Right handed pine tree... that's beautiful... and are those mushrooms edible..

The pics are always peaceful.. thanks a lot once again.
take care hun..

Avery DeBow said...

You take the best pictures. I always want to go tromping through the woods after viewing them.

I have a nephew who is frog-crazy. He's young and not allowed to use the net (or else I'd give him the link). Can I copy your picture and send it to him?

Nomad Flavor said...

Very nice neighborhood you live in. The photographs shows so much diversity in plant life, and your approach at showing it is very nice. Great photos!!

Demon Hunter said...

Awesome pics as always, Lana. :-) I love that road you live on. I'm sure Charles gets much inspiration from living there. I know I would. :-)

Shauna Roberts said...

Beautiful pictures, as always.

I honored your blog today with a Prémio Dardos award at my blog: http://shaunaroberts.blogspot.com/2009/01/prmio-dardos.html. Thanks for being a bright light in the blogging world.

Bird said...

Hi Lana, and happy belated New Year! Wow, you have pitcher plants growing in your neighbourhood? I love to see what people have knocking around in their localities so this post is great!

Steve Malley said...

You and Charles live in such a wonderland!

ivan@lcreativewriting.ca said...

Great shot of "right-handed pine tree."
Talk about geographical coccooning!

I thought these trees were indigenous to Canada, Lake Superior region. Out famous Tommy Thompson of the Group of Seven has made a painting of this kind of tree, our Jack Pine now a Canadian icon in paint, now impossible to buy as it is today worth of tens of millions.

Dang how these pine adjust to the blowing galesm physically and biologically.
Good work on your part.

earthtoholly said...

Really nice photos, Lana!

Do you know what that green plant is? I don't think I've seen anything like that. Almost looks...dangerous! Ouch! The 'shrooms are cool, too... :o)

Lana Gramlich said...

debra; I love the seclusion (& the lack of cold, white precipitation, generally speaking!)

Doson; I don't know about the 1st photo, but the amanita muscaria (formosa variety,) in the last one will either make you psychadelically loopy or kill you flat out. I'm not a big fungus fan, so I'll skip both of them.

Avery; Thanks! Sure you can send my frog to your nephew!

Nomad Flavor; Thank you!

DH; It's got to be more inspiring than the generic suburbs we were in before Katrina, anyway!

Shauna; Thanks kindly for the award. I'll pop by to get it as soon as I get a chance! :)

Bird; Actually we're not far from a nature center featuring a wide variety of carnivorous plants (including these yellow pitchers,) as well as 24 endangered plant species that live nowhere else in the world. Glad you enjoyed our neighborhood. I'm glad to share it, too!

Steve; I have a "wonderland" sensor in my brain that I prefer to give free rein. It has yet to steer me wrong.

Ivan; Thank you! These are predominantly slash & loblolly pine (typically lovers of the warm wetlands.) I don't know if they live that far north, personally, but they might...

Holly; Thank you! No, I don't know WHAT that weird plant is. It's very small, actually--I almost walked right past it. Hopefully someone can offer an ID on it. It's intriguing! The amanitas may be cooler than I'm willing to try. *LOL*

Donnetta Lee said...

So, so pretty, Lana! I always enjoy your pictures! D

JR's Thumbprints said...

So much for Fibonacci's number series with that right-handed tree. Mother nature does funny things.

Miladysa said...

Thank you for the tour.

Looking at that last photograph I would say that there are definitely fairies living in your neighbourhood!

Chrissy said...

I love the photographs Lana...somehow the ones that people take locally just fascinate me so much. I hated geography when I was at school, nowadays I get such interesting lessons in it :) Only the path through the woods and the pine tree is familiar to me...

Travis said...

You're surrounded by nature.

Lana Gramlich said...

Donnetta; Thanks!

JR; Very true. Always some mutants out there amongs the normality. That goes for people, too. *L*

Miladysa; Glad to share our corner of the world, always. Being in a hot, humid climate, there's never a shortage of fungus around.

Chrissy; I hear you about school. I hated history, myself. Only in the last 20 years did I really get interested in Celtic history & culture (particularly in the British Isles.) School can really ruin a good thing, sometimes! Glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

Travis; I wouldn't have it any other way. ;)

Avery DeBow said...

Lana -- Thanks. He'll definitely appreciate it. I gave him this huge Smithsonian book of animals for Christmas and he had flipped to the frog section and was telling me about all the photos before I could even sit down. That kid knows his frogs, that's for sure.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

It has been 2 and a half months since I have seen the gravel in my driveway....

Lana Gramlich said...

Avery; Feel free to share any of my frog photos with your nephew, for sure. Any kids with an interest in nature these days need to have that seriously nurtured!

Michelle; We went for a hike in t-shirts today. :)

Lynda Lehmann said...

Your neighborhood is beautiful, Lana. All the photos are lovely and the frog photo is stupendous, because it's so hard to capture these critters!

Lana Gramlich said...

Lynda; Thanks. I was glad to come across such a patient little frog, myself. :)

Capcom said...

Beautiful pix! My favorite subject, the woods. :-)

Lana Gramlich said...

Capcom; Mine, too. ;) Thanks!

The Logistician said...

Nice photos, especially the close-ups. Nice work. Keep it up. I came across your blog while "blog surfing" using the Next Blog button feature on the Nav Bar at the top of my blogger.com site. I frequently just check out the blogs of others out of curiosity. It's amazing all of the different ways in which people express themselves.

Lana Gramlich said...

Logistician; Thanks for stopping by. I used to like surfing blogger that way, but I ended up on too many ad/porn sites or blogs that blocked the top line (can't go to next blog from there.)

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