Monday, September 20, 2010

The Laundry Can Wait

I think so many times we miss things because we simply aren’t looking for them. We’re in a hurry, and we pass by the most interesting things because we’re focused on the task at hand or getting somewhere. Through photography, I’ve learned this past year that the most fascinating things are right under our nose if we take the time to notice them.

Saturday morning, I was doing laundry when I stopped and glanced out our patio doors and spied some really large mushrooms in the backyard. Hubby had knocked them down once, and they came back with a vengeance. I almost kept walking, but then I noticed they were covered in dew, and the sun was sparkling off their round caps. They seemed to have a brownish cast to them, and I was intrigued. I wandered out into the wet grass in my flip flops and pajamas and took a closer look. They were magnificent. The sunlight was just right, so I ran inside and grabbed my camera. I’m glad I did.

Their shapes and colors were beautiful.

I loved the crispness of their gills. And the glittery dots of dew on top were as if they were sweating melted copper.

They reminded me of crème Brule.

I loved the way this single dew drop teetered on the edge.

The edge of the caps had these interesting little beads on them.

And as I lay on a towel in the wet grass and gazed through the lens I kept imagining a little leprechaun climbing on top of a mushroom and washing his face in the morning dew.

I got way behind on my laundry, but goodness gracious think of what I would have missed if I hadn’t taken the time to look among the blades of grass. For that, my dirty socks can wait.


Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

OHHH! I love these photos! Very cool!

The Church Lady said...

Yep, our chores will always be there for us when we return. Great photos!

Louisiana Belle said...

Beautiful shots!! They almost look like muffins. Love the lighting also. Well done!!

Photography has sharpened my eye for the smallest details. I love being more aware. Happy shooting!

J.G. said...

"Though we rush ahead to save our time, we are only what we feel . . . ." Old Neil knows what he's talking about, indeed.

How delightful to see the world this carefully, and find such beauty in the commonplace. Thanks for sharing!

oreneta said...

Love that macro lens! Is it a macro lens or are you working miracles?

Marcie said...

Mushrooms are among my favorite photographic subjects..and you have captured them here so beautifully. Magical images! And - yes - the laundry CAN wait!

Jan n Jer said...

Great shots Hula. Only to be found when your looking through the lens of a camera.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Great job! I know what you mean, just having the camera at hand and using it often does help one pay attention to things not otherwise noticed.

Trailboss said...

We have had lots of mushrooms spring up ourselves. Ours are mostly, if not all, white though. I run over them with the golfcart!

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