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Melting Snow on Sporophyte (+3 insets!)

Melting Snow on Sporophyte (+3 insets!)
(+3 insets!)

I wanted to post a few pictures today to let everyone know that things are going much better for me lately and I'm definitely feeling much better! I haven't been around lately because I'm busy with lots of other things and I haven't been giving ipernity or photography as much attention. Sometimes we need a break! :)

A Rediscovered Love of Rocks
With my new interest in stones, minerals and my rock tumbler, I've found myself remembering how much I enjoyed my science and geology classes in school. This has resulted in the purchase of books to educate myself and stumbling around the internet, happily sucking up information about the elements, tips on tumbling stones and where to find them, and even discovering the history and what sort of rocks and minerals mined in this area.

I've also been walking around on our 26-acre property to see what sort of rocks are laying on the ground…there are PLENTY of cool stones to pick up! It's all very fascinating to me and I'm slowly learning to identify a few of them which is fun. :) I am waiting for a couple of dry days so I can creep up onto our hillside. Once I was up there and I found a HUGE outcropping of white quartz crystal embedded in a larger mass…I want to find it!! And I'm interested to see what else is around!

Rock Tumbling Updates
My rock tumbling is coming along nicely! I decided to be very picky about what ones I allow to move from the first step of tumbling to the second step. I had a set that was all the way up to the end of the third step (pre-polish), but when I took a careful look at every stone I realized I needed to push most of them all the way back to step one--I had been too hasty. I'm learning that tumbling stones is something you just need to be patient about and the sage advice, "garbage in, garbage out" is something I think about as I evaluate my rocks. Anyway, right now I have a set in Step 1 and another set in Step 2. I will move them on in about a week--after I make sure they look ready!

Today's Pictures
It's finally starting to warm up a bit but we got several days of snow and lots of frost too. I thought it would be perfect to share one of my macros of a sporophyte with melting snow on it. I am also including a snowy footprint, a panorama of the snowy hills across the valley from where our house sits, and finally, a picture of Bird's Nest fungus which I captured a while back. It grows as a sort of little creamy bulge and then the top breaks off to reveal these tiny little "eggs" inside, which are the reproductive spores! How cool is that?! :)

Pam, if I remember correctly, tomorrow is the big day for you. My heart is all a-flutter and I'm both nervous and excited. You will be in my thoughts, as you are every day! *BIG HUGS* my dear!

Explored on 1/21/20; highest placement #1.

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 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful image, love the reflection in the water droplet.
5 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Awesome close-up !!
5 months ago.
Wow ***********
5 months ago.
Chrissy club
Das Foto passt super zu meinem heutigen Bild des Tages :)
5 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirable et les pips sont vraiment fabuleuses.
Bonne soiree.
5 months ago.
uwschu club
herrlich die feinen Kristalle!
5 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
super la goutte !!
5 months ago.
 Stan Askew
Stan Askew club
lovely photo!
5 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
★彡 Good work. Have a lovely new week 彡★
5 months ago.
 Ko Hummel
Ko Hummel club
looks very good, and I wish you a lot of fun with your tumbling stones
5 months ago.
 Karl Hartwig Schütz
Karl Hartwig Schütz club
Phantastisch! Ich würde Dich gern in meine Kryptogamen-Gruppe einladen, aber ich weiß nicht, wie das geht:(
5 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
magnifique photo ************bravo Janet *****
5 months ago.
 Eva Lewitus
Eva Lewitus club
Just beautiful, and your tread in the snow! What a great idea... I´ve posted some of my expressive stone faces , thinking of you.
Keep well, or maybe even better!
5 months ago.
Anji. club
Magnifique !
5 months ago.
dgmphoto club
Lovely macro.
5 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec notes. Nicole.
5 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
The bird's nest fungus is amazing. I have never seen anything like it. Best wishes on your geological explorations.
5 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
5 months ago.
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Beauty beyond words...
5 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh Janet this is absolutely stunning. I just love your macro studies. The little droplet of water about to fall off the moss flower. As for your panorama of your land, it really did snow there, didn't it? We've yet to have any - just rain and cold wind - I had damp cold - rather have dry cold. I love the birds nest fungus is fascinating - it really does look like a nest doesn't it?

I am thrilled that you are busy doing your rock tumbling and white stone quartz sounds fabulous - you lucky thing - I just love that stone. I do love rocks - I used to collect loads of them when I was in Greece, I'd lie in the sea at water's edge and just pick out the white stones and I brought them home. They were put in the fish tank - after having been boiled to death first!!!!

I'm so pleased you are feeling so much better - that's more like our Janet!!!
5 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Sheer delight!
5 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Stunningly beautiful, Janet! The PiPs are absolutely gorgeous too. I particularly love the third one:)
5 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
I'm not surprised that you need a break Janet... you have done a fine job here on 'Ipernity' with your photographs and write ups'... we have all enjoyed your works and learned too....
Keep well.. and keep posting... but take things easy'..... if you can !!... :-)
Best wishes to you all..... from David J'.. UK.
5 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Btw...... do try to find the 'white quartz crystal'... it may be billions of years old.. and plummeted in from another Galaxy !!... Ooo ! crikey !...
5 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Buen reportaje. No logro situar el zapato, como no sea que estuviera invertido y clavado en la nieve.
5 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome shots!

Admired in:
5 months ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Amazing capture, well done Janet. Happy you are feeling better and thanks for posting this wonderful photo.
5 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Belle capture de cette goutte et son joli reflet ! Admirable!
J'aime beaucoup le paysage enneigé du PIP #3
Bonne journée, Janet !
5 months ago.
neira-Dan club
oh Janet , c'est absolument exquis !! quelle belle macro
5 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Super again, Janet ! Good Morning !
5 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
To have a break is good! =)

But nice to have you back as well.
5 months ago.
cammino club
A fascinating close-up of this tiny moss sporophyte!!! Congratulations for this masterpiece!
5 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Belle oeuvre de dame nature joliment photographiée !
5 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
eagerly awaiting your rocks presentations ...
5 months ago.
Xata club
This is delicious... and first PIP gets a fave too!
5 months ago.
Annemarie club
Wonderful Janet:)
5 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
Great Light into in little Drop, like it :-)
5 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely macro image and a great accompanying set, Janet.
5 months ago.
RHH club
What a gorgeous main photo! and I won't even comment on the Bird's Nest Fungus I'm so jealous. This is real macro work and exquisite, just the kind of thing we love and keep an eye out for when we are hiking.

Went to bed early last night. Made pizza and bread sticks for everyone (a real hit with the kids) and was exhausted from that and cleaning and child care. Did get a book finished, one of Ngaio Marsh's murder mysteries.

Yearning for a coffee but don't want to wake the zoo, so am waiting until the troops to start getting up. To bed early and up early, though I don't mind a little time just sitting here quietly. Up several times during the night with the kids as well.

The first one just appeared on the scene (5:30! and they are starting to get up). That means other of them will soon be on deck and the morning chaos will begin - lunches, winter clothes, out for the bus, etc. Don't know if I'm on for making breakfast.

They'll get up and come and snuggle for a while and then it'll be time to get to work. I think Nancy's on for cooking though today. I think she's going to make her famous scalloped potatoes and ham.

The weather has warmed up considerably. It was around 20 yesterday but we got about a foot of snow. Rose was supposed to take the baby to the doc for a checkup but didn't get out in the end because of the weather.

Hate crowds just like you do. When we were down in the gorge last summer on our way to the coast we bypassed most of it because of the crowds. Went to Multnomah first and it was overrun, so we just went on and skipped the rest.

Pretty much have our itinerary ready for the Texas trip, though we seldom follow it rather closely. I like to have some idea of where we're going and what's to see, though, and so go through all the work of getting an itinerary ready.

Heading for the Rio Frio, then San Antonio for a couple of days, then Big Bend for a week or more. On the way home, Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad, White Sands, Grand Canyon and probably Canyonlands and Arches if there's time.
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

5 months ago.
Reyk club
That's really great
5 months ago.
niraK68 club
Fantastic macro
5 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Fantastic capture. Perfect DoF Great pips also. Well done Janet Regards Tess. Delighted that you are feeling so much better. Great News
5 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Returning to say Congratulations in Explore. Well deserved for this image.
5 months ago.
polytropos club
The whole world in a rain drop!
5 months ago.
 Dean Morley (on and off)
Dean Morley (on and… club
Beautiful detail on the droplet, and the moss itself. Superb photography, Janet, and thanks for having a look at my image(s). :-)
5 months ago.
 Rod Burkey
Rod Burkey club
It's a beautiful image.
4 months ago.
Puzzler4879 club
Janet - It seems that your 26 acres contains some fascinating treasures! Good luck during your explorations!
4 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
such a dainty and poetic detail...
4 months ago.

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