August Break: Day Twenty-Two

weird fungi, held in fingers 
Today's August Break is brought to you by little things I found in nature;
all in my backyard (my favourite place to dig in the dirt).
Above is a tiny cup-like mushroom I had never seen before.
I became mesmerized; visited it at least 5x today before photographing.
It truly looks like a cup, holding tiny seeds (some sort of stamen?).

weird cup-like fungi
weird cup-like fungi
the tiny fungi above? the size of an eraser head. So tiny, so wonderfully weird!

the bumblebee's behind 
And then there were the bumblebees. 
Oh, joyful little creatures who dance amongst the blossoms!
This little guy was really loading up on pollen. 
He was sort of bumbling about with the weight!
I love the fuzziness of his back;
I wish I could've petted him a little.

the bumbling bee 

The red dragonfly below was delicately chasing the breeze.
I watched him float from rock to leaf to flower to earth.
Finally, he alit on the evergreen shrub and stayed awhile.
I couldn't help but admire his ruby glow.

red dragonfly against green
grasshopper on green
This little grasshopper was trying to get away from me, walking along my wheelbarrow.
I know I share too many photos of these little fellas, but they are the most fun to photograph!

If you can, step outside and find a bit of nature, get down low and take a peek at what lies beneath. You never know what little bits of life you may find there.


  1. I love your photos. Mine never come out as nice. Keep up the good work.

  2. I love these photographs! Nature is so inspiring.

  3. how in the flip-dingle do you catch these lil' guys on camera?! You should work for National Geographic! Love those mushroom cups.. like a lil' gnome's shot glass. :o)
    needle and nest design

  4. Mel - totally gnome shot glasses! YES! xox :)

  5. I love these photos! The mushrooms are awesome.

  6. The little mushrooms are colloquially referred to as "pixie cups" and you're (pretty much!) right with regards to their function: they hold/distribute spores. Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pezizaceae

    ps: great pictures!

  7. Michael - thanks so much for the link! I love that they're affectionately called "pixie cups". Perfect! :)


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