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A Holy Kind Of High -- Moab, Utah
“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”
-- Anatoli Boukreev

The rays from the mid-morning sun filter down through a dense grove of towering aspen trees in the LaSal mountains above Moab, Utah...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin, and #hqsplandscape for +HQSP Landscape...
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Right Before Your Eyes -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides."
-- Jacques Derrida

A closeup of a bloom on the little Christmas cactus that I keep in my office, taken with some improvised lighting - the office lights turned off and a small flashlight on the flower. :)

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...
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Though The Fire May Burn -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"We must pass like smoke or live within the spirit’s fire;
For we can no more than smoke unto the flame return
If our thought has changed to dream, our will unto desire,
As smoke we vanish though the fire may burn."
-- Lisel Mueller, from her poem Immortality

A fiery red plant catches the late afternoon brilliance of the setting sun...

For +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C...
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Never Let The Fire Die -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"If you're not dark inside and you come to this world, it'l turn you dark... and if you really have Sunshine inside you, it's not good to play in the dark. It's just gonna extinguish your fire."
-- Tupac Shakur

A closeup of a blue flower (anyone know what variety this is?) in the Colorado State University Annual Trial Garden in Fort Collins...

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...
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Rising To Life -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments."
-- Gustave Flaubert

A closeup of a red clematis flower in my backyard...

For #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...
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But Then I Was Young -- Bingham, Illinois
"Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head
Warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood
But then I was young."
-- Carol Ann Duffy, Little Red Cap

A tiny new maple sapling pushes above the leaves in springtime...

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...
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No Worries -- Bingham, Illinois
"My dog doesn't worry about the meaning of life. She may worry if she doesn't get her breakfast, but she doesn't sit around worrying about whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine."
-- Joko Beck

My tiny dog Gracie, who is a Maltese Terrier that weighs eight pounds soaking wet, photobombs my shot as she watches the sunrise between the trees on my family's farm in southern Illinois. There's a closer shot of Gracie here: https://goo.gl/u8ihMI

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #TreeSilhouetteWednesday +TreeSilhouette Wednesday curated by +Charles Fromage, +Andrew Sowerby, +Steve Alfano, +sebastian hesse, +David D and +Bhattacharya P., and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Albert Vuvu Konde +Patrick Nolan +Guy Verkroost, and #hqspanimals for +HQSP Animals...
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Promises, Promises -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"April is a promise that May is bound to keep."
-- Hal Borland

A closeup of a small, wild tulip in my backyard after it had fully opened. I posted another photo of a still-opening wild tulip here: https://goo.gl/rrbb0L

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...

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Cinnabar Chanterelles ( Cantharellus cinnabarinus ) - Bingham, Illinois
I found this eye-catching little family of chanterelles among the roots of a large oak tree (which you can see in the immediate background) in the deep woods of southern Illinois. There were several patches of these orange beauties scattered around the area and they stood out quite brightly against the moss and leaves.

Cantharellus cinnabarinus is a fungus native to eastern North America. It is a member of the genus Cantharellus along with other chanterelles. It is named after its red color, which is imparted by the carotenoid canthaxanthin. It is edible, fruiting in association with hardwood trees in the summer and fall.

Grows singly or in groups of up to many in moss, leaves, and grass, on paths, and under oaks. This is a very common little mushroom and when it is present, it is often a sign that other chanterelles (C. cibarius, C. lateritius) are around.

This species is mycorrhizal: It exists as a network of cells (mycelium) connected to tree roots, in a symbiotic relationship with the tree. The netlike fibers of the fungus multiply the roots' ability for absorbing water and nutrients. In return, the tree shares nutrients with the fungus. In fact, many trees tend to fare poorly without their fungal partners. When ready to reproduce, the mycelium sends up the “mushroom” above ground — this is the reproductive structure. Spores are produced in mushrooms and are released to begin new mycelia elsewhere. The mycelium of a mushroom can live for decades.

For an early +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and +Shroomshotsaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A, and +AllThingsOrange / #AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli, +Lauren Kelly, and +Kenneth Williams...
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The Eyes Of Imagination -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity. And some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."
-- William Blake

An upshot into the branches of a large tree near my house in Fort Collins, Colorado, taken in October a few years ago...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson... 
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