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Accidental Art -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"In every landscape reside jewels of abstract art waiting to be discovered."
-- Melissa Brown

Dew droplets on a tiny spiderweb on a cool, foggy morning in northern Colorado... I thought this looked like some sort of magical fairy harp. :-)
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A Little Refreshment -- Erbie, Arkansas
"'To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.'"
—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

A fresh fern frond deep in the woods of northwestern Arkansas... These little plants formed a forest canopy of their own about a foot off the ground as far as the eye could see through the trees. It was a magical little nook in the woods.
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Yellow Morel Mushroom ( Morchella ) -- Bingham, Illinois
"The sudden appearance of mushrooms after a summer rain is one of the more impressive spectacles of the plant world."
-- John Tyler Bonner

A large, yellow morel mushroom rears its wrinkled head above the leaf litter at the base of a large oak tree in southern Illinois... I found a few dozen of these beauties in the woods on my family's farm last April, and ate them all. :-)

For #FungusFriday / +Fungus Friday curated by +Shawn McClure...
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Burn, Burn, Burn -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The only people for me are the mad ones: the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who... burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles."
-- Jack Kerouac

A riot of yellow flowers along the banks of the Poudre River in northern Colorado a couple summers ago...
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Like Ice In Summer -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck

A closeup of a pale pink clematis flower in my backyard this past summer...
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Somewhere Between Twilight And Dreaming -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Carry the spirit of a child. Just keep getting really excited about things and see the world as massive and unending in inspiration, color, and dreams, and spread those sparks around so everyone is on fire too because wonder is a contagious burning thing that fuels adulthood like the slingshot of a arrow."
~Victoria Erickson

A large bloom of Veitch's Blue ( Echinops ritro ) at sunset in the CSU Annual Trial garden in Fort Collins...
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Like An Old Dream -- Bingham, Illinois
"I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling."
—Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

A tiny duo of mushrooms on the side of a fallen tree in southern Illinois...

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A Carpet Of Sunshine -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
-- Luther Burbank

An orange zinnia on a hillside full of friends and family in northern Colorado...
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Deep Learning -- Bingham, Illinois
"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."
--Saint Bernard

A small mushroom growing from the base of a fallen maple tree in southern Illinois...

For #FungusFriday / +Fungus Friday curated by +Shawn McClure, and +ShroomshotSaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Patti Colston, +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia Kristensen...
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Remembrance -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
― Carson McCullers

A tiny bloom on an alfalfa ( Medicago sativa ) plant in my front yard...
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