Friday, June 10, 2022

Fly agaric

 I took this in the fall of last year. I know very little about mushrooms, but from a quick on-line search, I think this is an Amanita persicina, a peach-colored fly agaric. If that's the case, it's of a species distinct of the more widely known Amanita muscaria (the classic red fly agaric).

Monday, January 31, 2022

Forest fern


I love ferns - they are plants that reproduce via spores and don't have seeds or flowers. This was taken in the forest behind our house during the fall, when the vegetation was yellowing and the early afternoon sun shining through a thinning canopy. The sun seemed to spotlight this specific fern, with most of the surrounding forest darker, and a fallen tree framed it nicely.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Ginkgo bilboa

 This ginkgo tree is potted on our balcony and turned a brilliant yellow during the fall. Going from fossil records, these trees used to be widespread around the world (two plus million years ago) but their range shrank to a small area in China. But they are quite commonly planted all over the world and have a strong significance in a few eastern cultures - among other things, a ginkgo leaf is the simbol of Tokyo, and the tree is the city's official tree.

Monday, November 15, 2021

At the market


Saturday is, for us, often the day to go to market. Mainly for fresh, local fruits and vegetables, whatever happens to be in-season. Also some locally produced milk, cheeses and such. I'll often stop by either the butcher's or the fishmonger's, especially during the summer, when I buy something to toss on the grill. The shopping takes 20 or so minutes after which comes an hour of slowly drinking coffee.

Monday, November 8, 2021

At anchor

 Another late-summer sunset, taken during our last vacation, this one was during the first days of September. 

The harbour-bay was clear as glass,
So smoothly it was strewn!
And on the bay the moonlight lay,
And the shadow of the Moon. 
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Tuesday, November 2, 2021


 This is literally a reflection in a puddle - I think it has a special charm regardless.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Alpine townhouse


A townhouse in the city of Kranj, taken on a chill autumn morning where the sun was just starting to warm up.