Friday, January 11, 2008


Just wandering around taking photos without any particular theme or purpose.

A colorful mushroom growing on a fallen log. There were several of these growing in a cluster.

A relic from a pre-aluminum culture.

Unfortunately, previous owners of our place thought that proper trash disposal meant throwing it over the nearest bluff. This philosophy not only included daily trash but extended to old refrigerators and even automobiles.

Lots of tiny bubbles.

This little winter wetland pond would often be ice-covered in January, but this year's warm temperatures have led to abundant algae growth. If I'm not mistaken, the algae produces all the bubbles. The bubbles cling to the algae so it will float near the surface and, thereby, receive maximum sunshine for photosynthesis.



Q said...

Hi Marvin,
Cool mushroom photo. I am always amazed by all the litter I find on my walks. It is as if people think, "out the window" is the trash can.
I have been picking up litter for over 30 years. I think it has gotten worse in the last ten years.

Anonymous said...

always fun finding things in the woods (except the junk)! Thanks for sharing and these photos are wonderful!

Tom said...

Hi there Marvin..
You have some great stuff on show here, I'll link back to you from my place and then I can visit more often... There's many a link to other blog there, but I think you might find my good friends Big Petes place as some picture you might like to see.. Parrotts Perch is the name of his blog and the links back there waiting on Wiggers World.

Thanks for your vist today and taking the time out to comment.

Anonymous said...

We just bought our homestead 2 years ago. A man and his wife built it 50+ years ago and they were the only ones to ever live in it. They too thought that several places in the woods would make a good dump. It makes me sad. Still, we love it here. A large yard, pond, 12 acres of woods. The land is wetter than we would have liked, but other than that it's great.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and thanks for the comment on my blog.

Marvin said...

Sherry: Yes, litter is a problem everywhere, I'm afraid. We've taken several "clean up" float trips on the nearby Buffalo National River and have collected sacks and sacks of trash. Why people would make the effort to come to a natural area but won't make the effort to hang onto their trash until the end of their float is beyond me.

Mon@rch: It's true: Beer cans and '59 Chevys are not positive contributions to the natural beauty of anyplace.

Tom: Thanks. I followed comment links on one of Abraham Lincoln's blogs back to your and Peter's sites, and enjoyed visiting both. Thanks for visiting here.

Stacie: You're welcome and thanks for returning the favor.

When the dumps on our place were created, everyone was responsible for their own trash disposal. Everyone had burn barrels. The temptation to toss what wouldn't burn over a bluff was great because the only alternative was making a special trip to the county dump. However, for the past twenty-five years or so, the county has provided "curb-side" trash pickup -- not that our county dirt roads actually have curbs. I'd like to report that county trash pick up has put an end to road-side dumps, but sadly that isn't the case. Some hard-headed folks seem to rank their right to dump right up there with their right to keep and bear arms.

Lana Gramlich said...

Litterers (& the mere slaps they get on the wrist--IF THAT,) really annoy me. Although we have a program in our Parish to report these problems, actually getting any information about it is nigh impossible (probably because it takes police away from other activities,) so we may as well have nothing at all. Because of the remoteness of our neighborhood (& the lack of public garbage pickup,) some of the back corners seem to be used pretty frequently as garbage dumps. Makes me so MAD! I'm going to go out & birdwatch now to get my blood pressure back down. <:\

Marvin said...

Lana: I hope the birding did the trick and got your blood pressure back down.

A few years back there was a lady around here that went on a one-woman anti-litter campaign. She picked up the trash along her section of road and wrote frequent, scathing letters to the editor about the slobs who litter. As a result, people started filling her yard with trash and stuffing dirty diapers into her mailbox. She eventually stopped her crusade because she was afraid the retaliation might escalate. I don't blame her. Some people are wacko.

smilnsigh said...

I love mushroom photos. And old wood too. :-) Trouble is, I have a new camera and have yet to learn all the 'bells and whistles' of using it. So I still can't get a nice closeup. -sigh-

I know. Read book. Try. Have patience.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Marvin, I have always wondered why there were bubbles around algae. Now I know. Thanks, you have solved one of lifes little mysteries for me.

Marvin said...

Mari-Nanci: Does anyone ever learn what all those different buttons will do in every different mode? I'm forever having to consult the manual to figure out how to remove some setting that I accidentally selected.
And with two people using the same camera...... Let's just say, that doesn't help the situation.


You're welcome, Lisa. I hope I'm right.

lisa said...

Littering sure is crappy, the only "good" thing is finding antique bottles once in awhile.'s old school. My dad used to drink "Blatz"...I always thought that was a good beer name. (Especially since "Blatz" is a common sound eminating from beer drinkers! ;-)