Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The First of the Aliens

It sneaks around corners and into pathways that you had forgotten were there.  Because it is so exquisitely erotic and such a nuanced change, you are forgiven if you forget how it heralds the cooler weather that will be followed by the colder weather that numbs the toes.  Just when you have lost your heart to this brilliant tease and promised way too much to get it to linger longer, the lovely season will move on and disappear into a crisp gray landscape for months and months, until your heart has fully healed. 
The first brave height-challenged agarics emerge from the decay of the end of summer and cause you to pause intrigued, wondering if indeed fairies do dance beneath their shelter under an autumn moon.










This is followed by the early show-offs who are not afraid to paint themselves red and yellow and then strip away each leaf in a slow seductive dance.  Why does this season seem so short?  Why is it so time-challenged?  





This tree in the photo above that grows down by the water and which my husband calls a 'wildplum' (which is a misnomer I am afraid), is the first to begin the flirtation this month.  

15 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Fall is my favorite season, although in the South it is SO short. And our winters aren't particularly cold and certainly not to the point of numbing fingers or toes. Lovely shots of the shrooms and beginnings of fall. Hope you have a mild winter.

Lynn said...

A magnificent butterfly just landed on the hummingbird feeder outside my window. It’s timing is perfect to applaud the coming of autumn. Love that you look both up and down with your camera lens, Tabor.

Brian Miller said...

yep and smurfs live in them too....smiles...ha...i love all the different kinds....def some neat ones...

Celia said...

I wonder which ones you can eat? A nice creamy fall mushroom soup perhaps. Our September seems to be the summer that failed to appear in June, maybe our seasonal calendar has been bumped up.

Red said...

Some fungi can be down right beautiful and you can see why stories were woven around them. You caught the color and the beauty.

Kat said...

Beautiful! Beautiful words and beautiful (GORGEOUS!) pictures! :)

Robert Sobczak said...

Labor Day is a turning point for sure ... sadly down here in south Florida we have to wait.

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

Just recently reread some Beatrix Potter who had a passion for the study of fungi. I am fascinated with her paintings of "toadstools."

Mage said...

Fall already? Here we are still sweltering in the middle of a miserable summer. Love the fungi tho. Never seen anything like them.

kenju said...

Beautiful photos. I have seen quite a few mushrooms already.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

The fungi or mushrooms are everywhere in the damp woods surrounding this cottage.

lime said...

just last week i've noted a few changed leaves. now if the temperatures would cool just a wee bit i'd feel like fall was coming :)

Dave said...

Nice blog tabor. I specially liked the fungi shots - Dave

Pauline said...

Alien spaceships on the forest floor. A few trees are losing their green here, too. There's always an anxious leaf of two that just can't wait.

Hilary said...

Beautiful shroomy shots and dreamy thoughts. I'm beginning to see some of the changes around here too.