Sunday, December 2, 2018

After the Rain

November was the perfect month for skywatching.
Clouds make for some beautiful skies, but they can also bring rain (sometimes a little too much).
We had several heavy downpours that caused flash flooding, major leaks in homes and buildings, and lots of road damage.  Last Saturday (Nov. 24th), I was talking to my mom on the phone and could barely hear her because of the sudden hailstorm that passed over us.
Nature, of course, is very happy with all the rain.

And as a result, even in the desert, mushrooms will grow.
Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.
Thomas Carlyle
I really love spotting them since it's not often we have the right conditions for them.
Even found this one growing on my balcony on an old coir mat sitting out there.
All the mushroom spotting inspired me to do a quick little cross-stitch.

Hope you are having a lovely day.
Sunday blessings,


Terra said...

You created a darling mushroom stitchery. Rain in desert areas is very precious. I noticed palm oases in the desert and stayed overnight at one called Wadi Musa in Jordan, near Petra.

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh I bet you're enjoying the cooler weather and such a boon to your area to have rain, those are huge hailstones! I can see you blooming in the better temps. You found such diverse mushrooms there! Love the needlepoint. Enjoy the holidays! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Patty Antle said...

Hi Tammy! So nice to have you visit my blog today. You always inspire me, with how you incorporate your creativity into what you are experiencing in you life. Love the mushrooms and your stitchery. Wishing you the happiest of holidays. :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Mushrooms love high humidity and they are at the end of the food circle in nature as they can digest the lignine, found in wood and such. Lovely photos and I LOVE your mushroom embroidery with the green crocheted edging.

PS Wow those hail stones were huge!

Betsy said...

A perfect little crosstitch to remember this December, when you had mushrooms for Christmas! I love your cloud pictures. Each one is so unique and beautiful. Enjoy the cooler weather my friend. Blessings, Betsy

Mini said...

I still can't believe we experienced hail in Kuwait and now mushrooms. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

handmade by amalia said...

Your cross stitch is so sweet. As are the real mushrooms. Winter is simply wonderful, especially after a long hot summer. I am enjoying ours.

Kit said...

Your cloud collage is wonderful! I love the cross stitch, such a pretty little mushroom, perfect for a knome! :) Kit

Linda said...

Very cool photos, Tammy, and adore the little mushroom cross stitch! :)


Quinn said...

I wonder how long those spores had been biding their time, waiting for the chance of the right conditions! Quite a difference from here, especially this past year. I think if I stood still for a hour, I would have had mushrooms growing on my boots.

Angie said...

What a stunning mosaic! Such a variety of cloud formations. And I am amazed that you have mushrooms - you're right, I just don't associate mushrooms with the desert!!! Your cross-stitch with the crochet frame is adorable.

Jodiebodie said...

I would never have guessed one could find mushrooms in a desert bit I suppose, like many desert organisms, they lie dormant waiting for the right conditions. I learned that fungi have an important role to play in soil fertility and plant health so it makes sense that there would be some kind of fungi all over the world. Unless the desert is different - could these fungi have derived from spores introduced from overseas etc.?

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