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Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Spirit Of Life

Despite the silence, the growing continues.






"The simplest and most lumpish fungus has a peculiar interest to us, compared with a mere mass of earth, because it is so obviously organic and related to ourselves, however remote.
It is the expression of an idea; growth according to a law; matter not dormant, not raw, but inspired, appropriated by spirit.
 If I take up a handful of earth, however separately interesting the particles may be, their relation to one another appears to be that of juxtaposition generally.
I might have thrown them together thus.
But the humblest fungus betrays a life akin to our own. It is a successful poem in its kind."

~ Henry David Thoreau

13 comments:

Susie said...

Jo, That fungi looks like a work of art. xo,Susie

donna baker said...

Jo, I've just ordered Oyster and Hen Of The Woods mushroom plugs. I'll have to drill holes in logs then wait. That will be the hard part.

Barbee' said...

Lovely choice. Gorgeous photos. Interesting.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Whoa, isn't nature fascinating and beautiful! I envy your warm climate, we are still growing layers of ice and frost here in the Dakotas!

Nellie said...

Wonderful photos, and such a good quote from Henry David Thoreau's writing.

DJan said...

Beautiful! I see these all the time here in the PNW, but I cannot seem to capture as well as you have in these pictures. :-)

L. D. Burgus said...

Beautiful shots of such wonderful shapes and colors. The fungus among us have their own kind of beauty.

Mel said...

These are lovely photos.

Michelle said...

Nature is so very simply beautiful.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Fungi can be very interesting..it looks like you might be getting spring there!:)

Andrea said...

I agree with Michelle 100%:

"Nature is so very simply beautiful."

I could not have put it better myself. She said what I was thinking as I looked at your pictures. Simply beautiful!!

Blessings--Andrea
XOXOXO

Jen said...

Unusual shapes the fungus but together they are growing as nature intended. Lovely photos.

Snapper II said...

Wow great photos. Wonderful poem.