I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician, he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. - Marie Curie
My laboratory is the Earth and the life that occupies her, and my camera is my microscope (or hand lens, depending on if i'm being a photographer or a geologist!)
This weekend, dad's yard was covered in tons of tiny mushrooms. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera. Today, though, I scoured our freshly-mowed lawn for some. It rained several inches last night so I thought for sure I would be able to find one. I found three (disappointing). One was cute as a button, one wasn't quite "up" yet, and the third looked like a rock - not really photogenic.
This picture isn't the greatest, but i think it introduces the setting for the little guy. This little spot looked like a secret garden - for a toad, or a fairy.
Behind my shoulder was this sun peeping in between the leaves...
Now, zooming in a little... this is a perfect spot to find a little toad! I actually don't know the difference between a "toadstool" and a "mushroom" (unless one isn't edible and one is...). Non-the-less, isn't this just the most adorable little mushroom? You can even see the sand grains on top of it. It is sorta like a newborn mushroom! (If you click on the picture, it'll open up larger than what you see here...)
In a different area of the yard, I took a picture of my fossil and rock collection (pile). It looked pretty good in black and white.
I have other pictures to post but i'll do that in another blog. I need opinions about editing...