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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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Morel Mushroom ( Morchella ) -- Bingham, Illinois
I found this large beauty amongst the lush growth along the banks of a very shady and secluded stream in the deep woods of southern Illinois. All in all, I found 2-3 pounds of these large yellow "true morels" over the course of a few days, enough to provide me with several tasty breakfasts and dinners. :-)

For +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday curated by +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A...
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Own Your Day -- Bingham, Illinois
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations

The silhouette of a tree on my family's farm in southern Illinois, taken after sunset a couple of days ago...

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 +Sunset Saturday / #SunsetSaturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr, 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...
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Unobserved -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A closeup, ground-level shot of a small wild tulip in my backyard...

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas Photography +Francine Vanlé and +Patrick Nolan, 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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Reverse Your Down -- Moab, Utah
"Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy."
-- Rumi

Looking up in a grove of very tall aspen trees in the high LaSal Mountains near Moab, Utah one autumn...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson...
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You Are The Universe -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion."
-- Rumi

A closeup of the center of pink anemone flower, which reminded me of a tiny galaxy with a large sun at its center and dozens of small satellite planets...

For #FloralFriday! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas Photography +Francine Vanlé and +Patrick Nolan, 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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Bring It -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." -- Anthony J. D'Angelo

A yellow coneflower at the CSU Annual Trial Garden in Fort Collins last summer...

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas Photography +Francine Vanlé and +Patrick Nolan, 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 #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray, and #Yellow...
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Shadows Moving -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Be comforted; the world is very old,
And generations pass, as they have passed,
A troop of shadows moving with the sun..."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A leaf from a nanny berry tree in my backyard catches a final ray from the setting autumn sun...

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C, 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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By Its Own Light -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Even if, by some especially unfortunate fate or by the niggardly provision of stepmotherly nature, [the good will] should be wholly lacking in the power to accomplish its purpose; if with the greatest effort it should yet achieve nothing, and only the good will should remain (not, to be sure, as a mere wish but as the summoning of all the means in our power), yet would it, like a jewel, still shine by its own light as something which has its full value in itself.”
― Immanuel Kant

Droplets on grass after a quick summer shower in northern Colorado...

For #GrassTuesday / +Grass Tuesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins, 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, and +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld curated by +andi rivarola, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood...
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What We're Willing To Find -- Bingham, Illinois
“Maybe life doesn't get any better than this, or any worse, and what we get is just what we're willing to find: small wonders, where they grow.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder

A small, slender white mushroom "towers" above the moss around it on a shady hillside in the woods of southern Illinois. Below this steep hillside was a pretty little creek overhung with drooping, leafy boughs and the heavy lushness of spring. The deep, full smell of damp leaf mold and deep forest wafted warmly about, and a variety of bird chirpings and insect buzzings were the only sounds. I thought this little mushroom had a pretty nice perch, all in all. :)

For +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday curated by +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A, 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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