Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Mushroomed

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #33


birch tree mushroom


I don’t know if the warmer than average winter (so far) is the cause of this larger than average (as far as I know) growth on a fallen birch tree.

All I do know is it seems to mirror how life has been lately.

Mushrooming – everywhere – out of control.

At least that’s the way it feels.

How about you?


Acorn Cap Survivor

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #32


Apparently acorns survive through every season. Even when they come apart at the seams. I suppose I should find that inspiring in and of itself.

I spotted one on a recent walk through the woods, lying among trail debris.

Lit up by the sun…

acorn cap copy


Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Mystery Puff

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #31


I’ve got another mystery to solve.

I spied this random white puff of something on a tree branch in January during a walk in the woods near my home. It was about the size of a blueberry.

I am thinking it’s some kind of fungus, but I have no clue.

A bright spot this time of year is welcome no matter what the source!



mystery white fluff


Sunshine’s Macro Monday: A Prickly Mystery

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #30


While walking along a street in a Washington DC neighborhood last Friday, I passed by a line of trees with small prickly seed pods (?) hanging from the branches. I had never seen anything like it.

My 3 year old grandson thinks they are coconuts, but I have my doubts.

Does anyone know what this is?


macro hanging

Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Baby’s Breath

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday: #29


As we all know, Valentine’s Day was last Friday. Not everyone celebrates…what some call…this Hallmark holiday. The company which generates a lot of business from Valentine customers.

I am not so cynical. I think hand held meaningful greeting cards hold great value and when sent with genuine love and caring are far more personal than e-cards. Handmade ones (remember paste and doilies and red construction paper hearts?) especially so. But that’s just me. No judgment if you send the digital version. It is really the thought that counts.

Full disclosure however – my husband and I still have all the cards we’ve exchanged over the past ahem…40+ years. About 10 years ago we started recycling…”re-sending”… each other the cards from years past. This was my idea – not so much about saving money (although we do), but I found it interesting to read the changing messages inside cards from the different years of our relationship. Also surprising to notice how many times we had bought the same cards – especially the humorous ones. Some jokes just live forever.

So what does this have to do with Macro Monday?

Along with my card (originally from 2011), I received beautiful yellow roses.

Mixed in with the roses? Baby’s breath.

I love baby’s breath. It is such a lovely delicate accent to cut flowers.

However it gets very little attention…or grand notoriety. It isn’t often front and center on greeting cards either. Kind of like the backup band which never gets recognized.

Baby’s Breath is my subject for today’s Macro Monday challenge.

A well deserved Moment for the under appreciated sidekick to Valentine’s Day roses and cut flowers everywhere…

baby's breath
Valentine’s Day Baby’s Breath

Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Drops

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #28


A soft rain was falling one day last week during a trip to the grocery store. Almost a mist. No wind. Cold, but not freezing.

I didn’t pay much attention…until I was ready to start the car and drive home. After buckling my seat belt, I realized not much was visible from any of the car windows…except a light pole across the street.

Tiny circles (and light poles) everywhere…

window drops

Once I started driving, they slid away and disappeared.