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Pictures for Pam, Day 92: Kung Fu Moss

Pictures for Pam, Day 92: Kung Fu Moss
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There's a big storm brewing in southern Oregon...I looked outside this morning and found ominous signs of heavy clouds overhead. Last night I read a report that warns of heavy snowfall over 2,000 feet for the next few days. We are at 1,500 feet though and it's doubtful that we'll get snow. But the forecast does suggest snow probability for the next week. Who knows. Predicting the weather is such an iffy proposition.

Although it wasn't horribly cold (32 degrees) I did my 15-minute minimum walk this morning and dashed inside before I was overly affected by the temperature. It's nice to retain feeling in my fingers and toes! I did managed to take a picture of the storm clouds and you'll see this as one of my insets today.

I spent a very pleasant morning visiting contacts here on ipernity and then I finished up some sporophyte and moss pictures I'd taken a couple of days ago. Isn't it wonderful to find lovely subjects in unusual settings? The combination of sporophytes, moss and snow was very exciting to me. Even better, many of my pictures turned out well! Even though I do my best to post quality pictures, I'll be the first to say that I delete piles and piles of images for every one that is a "keeper." Those pictures are crisp, have proper focus and the potential to be an eye-catching image when I'm done with it. Sometimes I'll work on a picture and realize that it's not worth the effort to process. More rarely, I'll go to delete a picture and discover that it's actually quite special. I love that. So often we are taken by surprise at our pictures!

Today's image is something unusual...I call this one Kung Fu Moss! As I was cruising around taking pictures of sporophytes and bits of snow, I kept my eyes open for moss that I could capture. I was hoping to find something different and interesting and then...look at that! This moss was growing in such a unique way and I loved its funny shape! I was reminded of the classic kung-fu stance with arms up, legs spread and ready to leap into action!

Pam, I was reading about left-side neglect today...I am guessing that the exercises they suggest haven't helped you at all? I wonder if, over time, you will find improvement. I sure do hope so. The only thing that's happened to me where I can relate to you in this regard is the optical migraines I get sometimes (I haven't had one in a few years). They only happen when I am under a lot of stress and very exhausted. I become aware of a rapid shimmer in my vision that becomes more acute over about 10 minutes. I then notice that my peripheral vision is just GONE. It's terrifying, especially the first time it happened because I didn't know what was the matter with me. This blindness lasts for 30-45 minutes but usually doesn't include a headache at all despite the name of this affliction. Whenever this happens to me, I immediately stop what I'm doing and go to bed. I take an hour-long nap and when I wake up I'm ok again. The difference is...yours isn't going away. It really sucks, Pam. I hope that you will eventually get your sight back...I feel so sad for you my dear friend. *big, big HUGGGGGGS* My thoughts go out to you.

Karl Hartwig Schütz, ROL/Photo, Diane Putnam, Leo W and 47 other people have particularly liked this photo

44 comments - The latest ones
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh Janet this picture is absurdedly stunning. So fantastic. Words cannot describe exactly how beautiful this is. The moss is gorgeous, especially with the bits of ice and snow on it.

Our weather forecasters only seem to look at what the weather will be like in the cities, forgetting that a lot of us don't live in cities. I just look out the window and see which way the wind is blowing.

How awful your migraines sound - I haven't had one of those since I had my brain haemorrhage, I think you do the right thing by lying down and having a sleep for an hour or so.
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
20 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Pam J club
You are totally right on that Pam! :) *high five*
20 months ago.
 Gliip N
Gliip N club
Really reminiscent of a mantis
20 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Gliip N club
So true!
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
quelle magnifique macro !! La mousse semble s'élancer et faire un signe
20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Very well done ...
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Thank you Janet for this stuning picture.
Fully agree with your choice of "Family name"
Enjoy a great weekend.
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
This picture is absolutely beyond words.
Very well done Janet.
20 months ago.
Pisti club
Hello Janet, a wonderful macro picture! Your letters for Pam became a daily lecture for me (to improve my English).
Have a great weekend. (Your picture "Snow on Thorns" was Day 89, counting-mistake?)
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Pisti club
Thank you for noticing!! I have to look over my numbers from time to time, and make this mistake!
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Well done, Janet!*************************
Have a nice weekend!***
20 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
ici aussi tempête annoncé Janet ! gros bisous ma belle et bon we ! restons à l’abri !
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
An extraordinary find and a great macro against the dark background.
20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding macro and panoramic shot!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
Boro club
Excellente *********
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful image, nicely composed.
20 months ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
So beautiful!
20 months ago.
Zulma club
Love the name you gave the moss because I can see the stance and the kick!! How cool is that!! A question about the beautiful image in the inset...what's the yellow piece of equipment good for? I am not familiar with it...and I love all those pieces I see around farms in here but don't know what they use them for.

Have a wonderful Saturday Janet, my dear Pod Sister...and I thank you for having the time to visit my moss photo, I thought of you when I posted it. Hugs!!
20 months ago.
Ruth club
This is beautiful Janet, outstanding photo.
20 months ago.
WOW! Simply stunning.
Fabulous lighting and framing.
Outstanding work.
Have a great weekend.
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
a most excellent close up again Janet
Happy weekend
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec note. Nicole.
20 months ago.
uwschu club
ein außergewöhnlicher Titel, sehr interessante Aufnahme
20 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Superbe macro, Janet !
La petite tige qui penche me fait penser à la queue de scorpion...
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Janet.................after extensive research, I believe this is the deadly "Tiger Claw" stance - perfectly demonstrated here by your mossy friend.

An excellent macro image...............the Kung Foo fighter looks magnificent on the black backround..!!
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful moss-shot!
I can see David Carradine ;-)
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une splendeur cette photo... le fond noir la valorise encore plus, bravo Janet tu es douée !****************
20 months ago.
HelenaPF club
Help Help!! says the moss in the frost! magnificent and the light, colours ,background, all is just fitting with the moss'story! Bravo Janet!!!!! ********************************************
20 months ago.
Esther club
Gorgeous against the black background.
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une vraie merveille cette photo janet !!
20 months ago.
Danielle club
C'est une Grande MERVEILLE si bien présentée....Quel talent !!!!
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
I popped this up large and the light and detail on the moss is marvellous. A lovely image, Janet.
20 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
What a gorgeous image!! It looks as though it is encased in gold with crystal at its base! Ain't nature so beautiful! Thanks for letting us see such small details.
20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The Kung Fu Moss looks great. It real looks like a Kung Fu fighter in action. I like the way the sun makes the moss shine.
20 months ago.
cammino club
Great close-up! Beautiful light and colours!
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Reading Pam's comment, that is exactly what it reminds me of! It's a gorgeous image with such good detail. I also love the sparkly snow :))
20 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, Janet, this is another beautiful macro capture! You are simply the macro queen! :-))
20 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I really like this picture!
You did so well to spot it..
Of course the way of the dragon is to have lots of deep philosophical sayings, as well as fighting ability.. And we now enter 'Year of the Pig"..!

Best Wishes
20 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Superbe macro !
20 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
beautiful the moss on black background **
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
20 months ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
marvelous winter series
20 months ago.
 Karl Hartwig Schütz
Karl Hartwig Schütz club
16 months ago.

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