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Patricia “Pasha” Kristensen
“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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Once in a blue moon...
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Cue music! https://youtu.be/iuEBLltOgek
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I wonder what hopes and dreams you might have realized today – if only, you had just opened your heart to nature and, listened!
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This is #PatriCIanArt and, another of #MyConversationsWithNature
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Title: Once in a blue moon (Wild grape – Vitis sp.)
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
Location: Sassafrass Point, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Copyright: Pasha Kristensen 2017, all rights reserved without prior, explicit written consent
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Glasses of 'sunshine' put away for a winter's day.
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The tomatoes were-such-a-long-time-in-comin' - but, with a few days of blistering heat - they came on a 'bear' and I - put my nose to the grindstone!
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I wonder, what delicious surprises nature might have had for you today, if only - you had just, looked!
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This is #FoodForOurSouls another of my #ConversationsWithNature and, a hat-tip to +Still Waters and +Gloria Ruvalcaba who inspired me - to just, keep, at it!
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Title: Sunshine for a winter's day
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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It’s funny how we can let ‘irrational fears’ rule our actions, determine what will and, what will not be. For some years, I – like many others, have had such a fear of spiders. I don’t recall quite when this happened. As a child living on a remote farm, I had few friends – other than my spider, my - Charlotte. She was a great big beautiful gray orb spider and, I kept her in a tobacco can which I acquired from my father. I took her everywhere with me – took her out of her can and let her spin her way across my fingers. Acquired prey for her, fed her and, took her to dream time with me. In later years we moved away from farm life... into the city and, I manifested an irrational fear of all things ‘spider’....
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More recently, I have begun to take back my destiny. Removing myself from the crowds and ‘shiny’ places... heading back into the forest and recapturing the things that are at my core – that resonate with me – that are my true happiness. With the type of photography that I do – crouched down (or flat!) on the forest floor, there is no possibility of ignoring that creatures of the arachnid-kind are everywhere! They fill every niche .... marching through the grasses, jumping from leaf to leaf, digging tunnels in the ground, creating funnels with leaves – spinning webs of every shape and size ..... and I have ‘studiously’ chosen not to see them - until now.
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This is a mature, female Leucauge venusta - the Longjawed, or Orchard, or Venusta Orbweaver and, is the only spider name created by Charles Darwin. As noted on the http://spiders.us website – the genus name Leucauge comes from the Greek for “with a bright gleam,” while venusta, is from the Latin for charming, elegant, or beautiful.
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I feel your hand in mine +Jesper Kristensen – my husband. Your love and appreciation for all of nature inspires me... frees me.... makes me whole again. This is for you! For everyone else out there - I wonder, what you might have found today in nature – what might have fed your soul, if only – you had just looked!
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This is #PAtriCIAnArt and, another of #MyConversationsWithNature and a contribution to +Johnny Wills #joindaily theme 'beautiful colors' +BTP Macro Pro +HQSP Macro
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Title: Leucauge venusta – the Longjawed, Orchard, or Venusta Orbweaver
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
Location: Chedoke Radial Trail, Hamilton, Ontario
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V for Victory :-)
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Hoo yah................. Great Spangled Fritillary (male) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_spangled_fritillary
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Feeling my 'way' back into the land..............
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This is what I saw today. I wonder, what nature might have gifted you with - if only - you had just, looked!
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Title: Great Spangled Fritillary
Location: Princess Point, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital Photography, processed in Lightroom6
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Life. Love. Adventure - and, of course - fungi!
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Somehow, there's always been something in 'the way' the last months that has kept me from posting....
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I returned from Denmark recently – where I married my Viking love +Jesper Kristensen There we ventured into the forests, sharing our mutual passion for fungi and photography - hunting the very first Chanterelles of the season for our table - Cantherellus cibarius .... and it struck me, how very different the ones we found were from the Chanterelles I knew here in Canada. Hm.
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So – with jet lag held firmly at bay - I set out to see if I could solve that little mystery..... hoping that the season would 'cooperate' and I could satisfy my curiosity...
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Bingo!
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Cantharellus phasmatis – the Ghost Chanterelle so named because of it's 'ghostly' white stem
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First described as a separate species in 2013 ... see here https://lsa.umich.edu/herbarium/news-events/all-news/search-news/three-new-chanterelle-mushrooms-discovered-in-the-midwest.html
and here http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cantharellus_cibarius.html
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Meatier and more fragrant than it's European cousin – these fill my baskets, grace my table and, remind me that nature always has more to teach us, to share with us – and, that despite the distances – if you listen to your heart, you will find what you have been searching for. I know I did!
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I wonder what nature might have brought into your life today if only, you had just – listened!
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This is #PatriCIanArt another of #MyConversationsWithNature #FoodForOurSouls and, a long overdue contribution to the wonderful fungal theme #ShroomShotSaturday +ShroomshotSaturday which I am delighted to co-curate with the awesome +Patti Colston and +Sabeena LoBello
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Title: Ghost Chanterelle – Cantharellus phasmatis
Location: Princess Point, Hamilton, Ontario
Media: Digital photography processed in Lightroom6
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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
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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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