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in the shelter of the covered bridge – lichen garden

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April 14 2016 'lichen garden' Jane Tims

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time-stamped

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Pont Lavoie (Lavoie Covered Bridge)

Quisibis River #2

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when the end-post

of the guard rail

splits and rots

the broken space

makes room

for rain and pollen

dust and autumn

leaves

other detritus

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spores find encouragement

and lichens grow

Cladonia cristatella

uniformed in red

Cladina, blue-grey

reindeer lichen

and pyxie cups

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lichens ageless

bridge not meant

to last forever

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Copyright  Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

April 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

something orange

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I love the colour orange. It must be so – it is one of the most used ‘tag’ words in my blog postings.

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This is a rather whimsical ‘side-view’ watercolour of an orange mushroom I saw recently in our cottage woods. I published the ‘top-view’ in an earlier post.

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November 22, 2015 ‘side-view of an orange mushroom’ Jane Tims

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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December 2, 2015 at 7:05 am

colour on the woodland floor

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Today, we went for a walk along the trails at our camp. My favorite path runs along the boundary, next to our zig-zag cedar fence and among young white pine, grey birch, red maple and balsam fir.

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The weather has been very damp, so I expected to find fungi along the way. But I was surprised to see a beautiful patch of bright orange toadstools, each with a distinct orange-red center. They stood out among the red-brown leaves and green mosses.

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I am not good at the identification of fungi, but I think this is Caesar’s mushroom (Amanita caesarea). It is easily confused with the poisonous Amanita muscaria, so no one should use my painting as an identification guide. Just a celebration of orange and red on a fall day.

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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November 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

impressions of the day – early morning

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Every morning, after waking, I spend a little time in my guest room. I get myself ready for the day – doing a few stretches, looking from the window, greeting Zoë (our cat), planning my day.

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Usually this happens just before sun-up and I am able to watch the sun rise behind the woods in our back yard.  I am always amazed at the shift in the location of sun rise, season to season. These November days, it is to the south of where it rose in early summer.

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This morning the sunrise was brilliant, a fire of orange behind the trees. The flaming colours burst through small gaps in the darker trees – inspiration to get out my watercolours!

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November 3, 2015  'morning fire'  Jane Tims

November 3, 2015 ‘morning fire’ Jane Tims

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November 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

ordinary magic

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ordinary magic

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small blue jar

emptied of face cream

reveals a false bottom when held to the light

a bright inverted inner shell

hovers untouchable

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the peel of an orange

spurts flammable oil

cantrips of fire

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press a shell to your ear

murmur of ocean

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Written by jane tims

June 5, 2015 at 7:17 am

October moon

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moon escape

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above the woods

in sunset’s dying

the moon rose –

orange

and terrifying

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caught in the trees

with the night wind’s sighing

drowned in the lake mists –

mystifying

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captured in the yellow

of a barn owl’s eye

escaping on a wild bird’s

flight to the sky

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a pool of light

where the hounds are lying

ghosts on the line

where the shirts are drying

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a silhouette

for a coyote’s cry

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Sunpoke Lake, October 2011

Sunpoke Lake, October 2011

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October 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

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harvesting colour – rose hips

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All summer, I watched the rose hips ‘developing’ on our bush and wondered if they would provide colour to my dye pot.  The roses are pink in late spring and produce elliptical rose hips, bright orange.

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September 22, 2013  'red rose hips from pink roses'   Jane Tims

September 22, 2013 ‘red rose hips from pink roses’ Jane Tims

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Last week, I finally harvested the rose berries.  I used scissors to avoid the springiness of the bush and the danger of getting smacked with those thorny branches.

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rose hips from my rose bush

rose hips from my rose bush, September 2014

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The hips, boiled in water for a couple of hours, created a cloudy orange dye.  And the alum-treated wool?  A pale pinkish-brown.

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in background, alum-treated wool dyed with rose hips; in the foreground, spun wool dyed with lichen, beet leaves and alder bark

in background, alum-treated wool dyed with rose hips; in the foreground, spun wool dyed with lichen, beet leaves and alder bark

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I have so many shades of brown wool after all my dyeing adventures, this brings into question the idea of ‘best use’ – rose hips are valuable as a source of Vitamin C, can be used in jams, teas and other beverages, and have a potential use in reducing the pain of arthritis.  And I apologize to the Chickadees who were so obviously upset as I picked the bright red berries.

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

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October 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

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