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Patricia “Pasha” A
“I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.” ~ Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary
“I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.” ~ Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary
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What to do when you have no time, no time to pamper yourself...
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You remember
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Other days
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And, get inspired again!
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This tiny droplet - drawn from my archives, is a memory of a day that was splendid. Spent with good company - out in nature - a place that makes my heart just that little bit more full.
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Thank you +Johnny Wills for the inspiration :-D #joindaily Todays theme is water droplets!
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Title: My world in a drop of water
Media: Digital Photography
Location: West Jutland, Denmark, 2014
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2014, All rights reserved without prior explicit written consent
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Spring has arrived and, the 'turkeys' are once again, fanning their tails in the sunshine
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This is Tremetes versicolor - the Turkey Tail fungus. Resplendent in bands of color - it brings beauty to the forest floor!
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I wonder - what signs of spring you might have seen if only, you had just - looked!
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This is #PatriCIanArt and a reminder that #ThereAreFungiAmongUs .... a long overdue contribution to the wonderful theme +ShroomshotSaturday that I am delighted to co-curate with those lovely ladies +Patti Colston and +Sabeena LoBello
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Title: Tremetes versicolor - Turkey Tail fungus
Location: Ravine Trail, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital Photography processed in Lightroom6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2017, all rights reserved without prior explicit consent
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Look into my eyes
and, see - the future that could be
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This is Castor canadensis - the Canadian Beaver. Once almost extirpated (read = made non-existant) from these lands..
the 'busy' beaver has returned to Hamilton Harbour
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As I lay in the snow the comments 'churned' past me..... vacillating between 'wonder' at the beauty of this creature and, horror at the 'devastation' it 'wreaked' on the scrub poplars and willows planted 20 years past to 'dress up' this industrial zone
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Me - I am 'hopeful' that we human-animals can learn to co-exist with the rest of the species on this planet to heal both the land and our own hearts in the process.
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Title: Look into my eyes - Castor canadensis - Canadian Beaver
Location: Bayfront Park, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom 6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2017, All rights reserved without prior, explicit consent
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This is #PatriCIanArt  Another of #MyConversationsWithNature  

#canadianphotography   #canada   #hamilton   #beaver   #naturephotography  
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Solipsism
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In the absence of clarity
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I longed for you
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I wonder, what insights nature might have brought to your life today if only, you had just - looked.
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This is #PatriCIanArt  - another of #MyConversationsWithNature  
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Title: Solipsism - Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed Deer)
Media: Digital photography with manual 'unfocus' - processed in Lightroom6
Location: Cootes Paradise - South Shore
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2016, all rights reserved without prior, explicit consent
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Everyone has mountains 'to climb'
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What is important – for me – to remember, is that they are all, relative.
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In our minds-eye – they can become impossible, impassable, impervious to our sense of direction.... or,
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we can choose to see 'them' in perspective....
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and, breach the crest.
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This was my 'mountain' today. Almost impossible. But - put in perspective – 'only' 3 cm.
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I wonder, what 'perspective' nature might have given you today? If only, you had just – looked!
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This is #PatriCIanArt and, another of #MyConversationsWithNature .
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Title: Breach the crest. Twig and spider web with fungal spores.
Location: Ravine Trail, Cootes Paradise, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom 6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2016, All rights reserved without specific, written consent.
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Death come quickly (Geranium robertianum)
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A splash of bright color amongst the ochers and reds of fall. A reminder of the resiliency of life.
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Beautiful. Poignant. Thought provoking.
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I wonder what you might have seen today in nature if only - you had just looked.
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This is #PatriCIanArt  and, another of #MyConversationsWithNature  
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Title: Death come quickly (Geranium robertianum)
Location: North Shore, Cootes Paradise, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2016, all rights reserved without prior written consent
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I spy
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with my little eye
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something, that goes
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hsssssssssssssssss
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I wonder what marvels you might have encountered today in nature - if - you had just - looked!
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This is #PatriCIanArt  Another of #MyConversationsWithNature  
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Title: Hssssss (Common Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis)
Location: Ravine Trail, Cootes Paradise, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2016, all rights reserved without written consent
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Falling
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Leaves dress the forest for winter sleep
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Peace.
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This is #PatriCIanArt  Another of #MyConversationsWithNature  
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Title: Falling
Location: North Shore, Cootes Paradise, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2016 - all rights reserved without prior written consent
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With cream, garlic, bacon and a bit of chile..... this Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) will be perfection on my plate!
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Whether served on freshly grilled ciabatta, swirled around your fork on some home made pasta – or added to risotto – this, is fall at it's very best...
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Strangely enough, despite their flamboyant color – I tend to 'hunt' them by smell – casting about for the intoxicating fruity odor they exude, then following it to the source where they are so often tucked away, out of sight on the 'backside' of a log or stump. The 'trick' is finding the luscious ones! Look for the plump ones – that literally ooze moisture when cut... sweated out in a pan, or marinated and grilled over charcoal these are a true treat of the forest!
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Anticipation!
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I wonder, what nature might have put on your plate today, if only – you had looked!
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This is #PatriCIanArt   #FoodForOurSouls  a reminder that #ThereAreFungiAmongUs  and, a contribution to the weekly theme #ShroomshotSaturday  +ShroomshotSaturday that I am delighted to co-curate with the always intriguing +Sabeena LoBello 
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Title: Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus sulphureus
Location: Princess Point, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom 6
Copyright: Patricia Austin 2016, All rights reserved without prior consent
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Sometimes, life is complicated. Not 'good'. Not 'bad'. Just – life.
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Like the forest the past few months, I have hunkered down – waiting for the 'heat' to pass. For the rains to come and, for life to begin again. And then, one day - it does – and, the forest and my heart - spring to life!
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On the forest floor I cast about – looking for signs of life and found it here with this beautiful fungi known as Crucibulum laeve – the commonly found – though not so 'Common' Bird's Nest fungus. Tiny – only 0.5-1 cm high, they perch on twigs amongst the leaf litter – velvety ocher-yellow on the outside with a tiny densely hairy cap covering the mouth which opens to reveal the spore containing 'eggs' nestled inside.
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Exquisite. Marvelous. Inspiring.
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I wonder, what you might have found today in nature – what might have brought your heart to life – if only you had just – looked!
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This is #PatriCIanArt  another of #MyConversationsWithNature   a reminder that #ThereAreFungiAmongUs  and, a contribution to the always fascinating theme #ShroomshotSaturday  +ShroomshotSaturday that I am privileged to co-curate with the lovely +Sabeena LoBello 
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Title: Crucibulum laeve – Common Bird's Nest Fungus
Location: Sassafras Point, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom 6
Copyright: Patricia Austin, 2016 – All rights reserved without prior consent
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