This is not an advertisement for The Mandarin Oriental hotel chain (outstanding though it is) but I did find a fungus today that reminded me of a fan:
I decided that come hell or high water I needed to get out this morning and after I had munched my way through my morning cereal there was just a faint suggestion of something round and bright yellow in the sky. Accordingly I took a rain check on the toast, slung my camera bag in the car and drove a few km down the road to my regular patch. By which time the currant bun (sun) had disappeared, never to be seen again. Nevertheless I plodded my way round looking for insects. Not a sausage. Nor an insect. You see I am almost through a superb book on bees: A Sting in the Tale, by Dave Goulson. It is both educational and entertainingly written. Just about the right length to retain my interest and definitely a fine advert for the bees of the world. The weather on arrival was a bit dull and dreary but I thought I might see a few bees as the temperature is up to 16-20C today. I may have seen a couple but they looked more dozy than I.
So plan B is always to look for something that doesn’t move much. I find a deep affinity with such organisms. I found the fungus above in reasonable abundance but I botched my ‘wide angle’ shot, which will therefore never see the light of day. Not enough DoF despite using the DoF preview button. Botheration. And then I found a small patch of fungi, presumably all the same species but in different stages of life cycle. After much (head) scratching I worked out how to put 4 images into one and here it is:
No idea what it is but it is a nice salmon pink colour – well hidden in the leaf litter of the undergrowth. I hope somebody will put a name to it for me as I trawled that rib-tickling, side-splitting tome, Hong Kong Mushrooms, without joy. If not salmon pink perhaps apricot. I must consult the fashion guru who is Cost Centre number 1. Is apricot the ‘in colour’ this season? Will we see fungus pink (or apricot) on the cat walk, I wonder.
I finished off with a soft focus of a flower that I ought to be able to identify. We have 2 of them growing in the garden so next time Marco the Gardner arrives I shall ask him to remind me what it is I bought 4 years or so ago. Here it is:
My recollection was that it was planted for its evening fragrance. Generally however the local evening fragrance is that of barbecue sauce and semi-charred chunks of prime beef. The neighbours do seem to like their barbies.
I am also feeling oddly good about Facebook today. It is slowly morphing from a meaningless chain of pictures of what my pals have eaten or are about to eat into a sort of news feeder with some rather spiffing photography thrown in. My latest addition is the page of Science Daily. I do use a ‘proper’ news feed called Feedly. My FB site seems to be 100% devoid of adverts. I am not sure why or how unless it is the Social Fixer software I downloaded.
And that is about it. Mrs. Ha is off to her second Korean lesson tomorrow. All week I have heard not Mozart or Beethoven but Seoul music, Mrs. Ha practising her Korean consonants and vowels. Sadly I have to confess it sounds rather like a gorilla suffering from constipation but I sure it means something in Busan. Oh and if anybody can identify the apricot, pink fungus I’d be much obliged. Evening all.