late afternoon light on stegosaurus butte and bracket fungi

It’s always lovely to be in the woods when the light is gold, like this. Getting a good exposure is still fairly tricky with the combination of light shafts and dark shadows, but it’s easier with the soft sun. It also helps when everything in the understory is covered with moss, haha! These two shots aren’t with a tripod. To tell you the truth, for me it’s far more interesting to shoot pretty wide open and fast and get a funky DoF. If I was shooting for a college textbook, I suppose I’d do things differently.

Adam and Oliver Fern’s grandma leaves town on Monday, so I made one last push to get a bunch of things done in our garden. I worked primarily on the lower part of our parking strip, which proved tricky since the base of the tree on that end is mounded high above the surrounding grade. I planted some things I never thought I’d see myself planting, like a couple Euphorbias. A long time ago I thought they were neat but then I came to realize how common they were around the city and that made me dislike them. And some of them do have prominently fleshy, rubbery-looking stems that are a bit off-putting to me because they resemble poisonous sea creatures on the ocean floor. But I decided since I spend so much time disliking them every time I see one, it was time for a sort of botanical detente and I should have a couple specimens. They’re a lovely green, I think that’s what has always attracted me to them.  To counterbalance the weird fleshiness about them, I paired ’em with some thorny red Japanese Barberry.

I also added some rock rose. I swore off rock rose ten years ago but have decided to give it another try. A gardener at Skye Nursery told me in 2008, many people across the city lost their rock roses. Rock rose tends to be quite hardy and tough, but that winter was a doozy. The winter of 2008 marked a significant decline in our garden, we lost a lot of my favorite plants. Up until that time we’d had an amazing patch of daisy bush I was very fond of, but it got obliterated by the alternating snow, harsh dry cold and typical sogginess. I think I may try to plant some, this year.

Also new in my collection: A California Wax Myrtle and ‘Natchez’ Crapemyrtle. Both will be in the front yard, someplace. I know what you’re thinking. Jason, your front yard is the size of a postage stamp. Where will they be? I’m still working the details out.

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