It was 38 degrees F under cloudy (occasionally yielding light rain) skies at above 7:30 am as I took Shadow (also newly rejuvenated by the wonderful wizards of Neutral Cycle) out to Meadowbrook Park! At last!!
Passed the once mushroom-harboring grove of spruce trees without expectation of seeing any mushrooms, nor spotting any with a casual glance, but my eye was caught by a red balloon in a place where once Amanita muscaria mushrooms had been.
Once stopped to photograph the “false mushroom,” decided to give a closer look to the area, just to be sure there actually was nothing there.
But to my surprise, there were mushrooms!
They were not present in large numbers, but they were good-sized and robust, mostly in early stages of “fruiting.”
And here, like a reverse of The Wizard of Oz, I fade to black and white.
So, I fell for a Facebook challenge. (Thanks, Sheila!) It is a different perspective.
At Meadowbrook Park did not want to pass a little family with a stroller and dog to take my usual route so headed in a clockwise direction around the park.
Stopped to observe the already chromatically subdued landscape with the black-and-white modification of the iPhone camera.
The black and white format was good for capturing the texture of mountain mint seed heads, which I’ve always liked but found hard to photograph.
Saw seed heads of rattlesnake master.
Got an extreme closeup of a little spider crawling (still awake?!) on a sculpture.
It made apparent how limestone is made of masses of tiny shell fragments. Also it kind of looked to me like a belly button.
Saw Baptisia pods, which are always good for a little drama in the fading prairie landscape.
Curled compass plant foliage showed its prickles.
Goldenrod seed heads were like a layer of foam.
At the Marker statue searched for any remaining bottle gentians; there was only this:
a Halloween version of the flower, which didn’t look much different in color. Ah, the yearly passage to winter.
Stopped at the rabbit-statue bridge over McCullough Creek.
It looked especially dense and tangled, especially the reflections, even with fading vegetation.
On the way out of the park found a scene that actually did not look so sinister in the mandatory black and white.
Don’t know if I’ll continue this black and white approach, but this time it was fun.