Friday, July 16, 2010

Ramblings~~~~

Once in a while a trek in the woods turns up something unusual. These aspen leaves are covered with what looks like insect trails, what kind, I don't know. Interestingly enough the trails were only on the topside of the leaves, but they were on lots of trees in that area. I wonder what that means for the health of the forest?

This is probably the most perfect example of a "nurse log" that we've ever seen. Occasionally a seed sprouts and grows on a dead log, and the log usually decomposes, leaving interesting results. When this stump rots, I wonder whether the tree will be able to support itself? In the meantime, lots of kids will have fun exploring its nooks and crannies.

It always amazes me that tall trees have such tiny beginnings. I love Douglas fir pinecones and the way the seeds peek out like little tails.

The perpendicular lines of the strata in this area were intriguing and so was the explanation. These rocks have been pushed up from the ocean floor! Can you even imagine? The trail here is probably around 5000 feet above sea level. Wow!

Despite our wanderings, I have finished a few small projects. I'm also working on a couple of sweaters which I hope to have done by September. We'll see.

A UFO scarf of Moonlight Mohair that had been languishing in my knitting bag.
Dishcloth
Inspired by the Fourth of July.
Dishcloth
Small but challenging..... I did not do it in the car!

12 comments:

Janet said...

Interesting pictures. I have some Moonlight Mohair in the yarn closet too. I love the colors but just can't seem to find the right project. The same flower cloth is in my queue on Ravelry. I like yours with the eyelet in the border.

Lynn said...

That leaf looks quilted! Can't wait to see the sweaters finished. The blue one is beautiful!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Such interesting finds and sights. You're already planning for fall sweaters - lovely yarns and ideas!

I didn't think about THAT wagon, and I appreciate your kind thoughts!

倫妍倫妍 said...

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, Some have weird names , and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box .............................................................

wendy said...

What wonderful pictures! The one of the tree growing out of a stump in interesting! I really enjoyed visiting your blog. Have a great week!

Micki said...

The pictures are wonderful and I love your knitting!
Micki

Linda said...

Your photos are great...the leaves look really interesting, but I hope they are damaged. It's hard to believe that some of the biggest trees have the tiniest pine cones, while some of the smaller ones give out big ones...go figure!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the nature photos!! Amazing trees! Amazing Creator!

Your knitting is inspiring me to get back at it. I am a new knitter and knitted up a storm last winter with many different hats. I need to move on to another project. :-)

Linda said...

Great photos and information Judy ...love the fawns and the raven especially.
The blue cloth is so pretty; I must have a go at making these......

Barbara C said...

Amazing photos Judy. Those leaves are especially intriguing.

I'm also knitting some fall sweaters and vests. Of course here we wear sweaters year-round, so as soon as they're off the needles I start wearing them.

Kathy said...

I wanted to comment which I first seen your pictures but didn't have the time. It sort of reminds me of lace on the leaves. Love the fawns in the next set of pictures.

Marie said...

The leaves with the white markings are fascinating and beautiful--are you familiar with Andy Goldsworthy's work? He often uses that "design" in his work.