It would have been easy to miss this spruce cone hiding out among the branches. Having spotted it, I was intrigued by the contrasting colors.
I spend a fair amount of time looking around when I hike. Sometimes, I even drop to my knees to check out something that has caught my attention. It might be a leaf, a flower, a bug, or any number of other things. There is a lot of beauty in small things, if we only stop to look. As I was reviewing the photos that Peggy and I took on Kodiak Island for today’s post, I noted several pictures that fit into this category. So my final post on Kodiak, turned into two. Today’s is up close and personal… Enjoy.
Shelf fungus are interesting from both their bottom and top sides…
Looking down on the shelf fungus.
I am always on the lookout for flowers. This cutie is known as a monkey flower.
And here we have a blooming cow-parsnip.
I found another cow parsnip that hadn’t bloomed and got down on my back so I could shoot it looking up toward the sky.
I came on a lovely pond that was growing pond lilies and was able to catch a reflection shot, but I also noted a few yellow blooms…
And found one willing to have its photo taken.
Not surprising, Kodiak has its share of fireweed.
And a wild rose by any other name, is still a rose.
Driftwood is always fair game when it comes to searching for patterns in nature.
Swirls within swirls.
Wandering around and looking down, I spotted this. Ah, a fresh bear track, I noted to myself. I found him just over the hill, maybe a hundred yards away from where we were fishing.
Fresh seaweed brought in by high tide.
And more, looking almost alien.
I wandered around at low tide (I always wander around at low tide) and found these barnacles.
And mussels, that might make a dandy treat for someone.
Rocks lining the shore were worth a closer look…
I am pretty sure you will all recognize this. It’s a thing-a-ma-bob that was once attached to a doohickey. This beach had once been a dump before the big tsunami of 1964 hit. The ocean has now transformed junk into objects like this.
Out fishing, we caught this halibut with its interesting patterns and eyes that have migrated.
And finally, speaking of patterns, what photographer can resist wakes caused by boats?
I liked it so much, I took another photo. That’s it for today. Next Wednesday, I’ll wrap up Kodiak.
FRIDAY’S POST: Remember the days when they taught us to hide under our desks and cover our eyes when the atom bomb was dropped?
MONDAY’S POST: It’s time to wrap up our 18 day raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.