We were in a cold snap for a week or so – temp down to the low 20’s at night, highs in the high 20’s to very low 30’s. I like the cold weather as it feels invigorating when you step outside and feel the crisp air in your lungs and see the frosty nature all around you.
There’s a small pond not too far from where we live. I’ve taken photos of the pond from time to time and I decided to walk down and get some quick shots before the sun went down the other day. Along the way I spotted some mushrooms pushing through the frozen earth. I stopped at took a number of photos as they seemed to be a different type of mushroom than I’d seen before in our area. When I uploaded the images I was immediately struck by the similarity to the Oyster mushrooms that grow in our yard from time to time, but they were black, not the brownish color they usually were. So, off to the internet for some research and quickly found out that there are black Oyster mushrooms in our area.
Mushrooms in general fascinate me for more than culinary delights, Oyster mushrooms are truly fascinating for their ability to push through the earth above them, regardless of what’s in the way. While other mushrooms will push though to the surface, the Oyster mushrooms with their large stems and very large caps can “capture” what was in the way on their journey to the surface.
Black Oyster Mushrooms (Nikon Df, 24-85, click to enlarge)
The Bridge to Nowhere (Nikon Df, 24-85, click to enlarge)
The pond was just a bit further up the road. It’s been there as long as we’ve lived here (since 1987) and is a good indicator for the water table level; the less the rain, the lower the pond and vice versa. Due to the amount of rain we’ve had these past weeks, the pond was unusually high. Additionally, this year the property owners built a small bridge that would allow access from the bank to a small “island” in the center of the pond. When it was built the water level was low which allowed easy access to the island via the bridge. When the rains started in the last part of October and the first half of November, the water level quick rose above the island leaving a bridge to nowhere.