Monday, August 10, 2009

"Picture This" Photo Contest



The folks at Gardening Gone Wild have their monthly photo contest going. This time the theme is "Down on Your Knees", a great theme in order to challenge us to go at our garden photography from a different angle. David Perry is the judge this time and if you've never seen his blog, you really must. It's inspiring and many times educational.

I almost didn't enter this contest after I looked at a few of the entries. Besides some great garden blogger entries, there's now photography blogger entries, so my entry is going to pale in comparison. But I thought it worth putting this photo up anyway because I'd love to know the variety of mushroom (seems I always have to label things). Anyone know?

We've had some rain recently and these little beauties are starting to pop up here and there. To get this shot I borrowed a tip I learned from Saxon Holt - lay out a yoga mat and lie down. I risked chiggers and even more mosquito bites than I already have but I found it was quite fun hanging out at that level!

20 comments:

  1. I love it! It's a great photo and I do love fungi!
    I use a purple yoga mat, too! So sorry about the chiggers and mosquitoes....they are horrid! gail

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  2. Love the mushroom; thought it was a great shot. Sorry, I don't know which one it is, though.

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  3. Lovely pic of the mushroom Jean. The caption should be down on your belly LOL. If I get down like that I have to look out for the ants and my dogs. They will think it is playtime and harass me LOL! I am going to try it though.

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  4. I'm still waiting for it to start dancing like the mushrooms in Fantasia, Jean! Cool photo!

    Your comment at MMD's that your county has only 4 documented kinds of butterflies amazed me - any idea why?

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  5. You probably risked fire ant bites too, eh? Those are the ones I worry about when I get down on the ground.

    I love your mushroom photo. It looks like a toasted sesame bun! Better not eat it though. :-)

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  6. I haven't looked at any of the other entries yet, but this is a great photo.

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  7. I have a mushroom photo on a recent post which required the 'worm squirm' method of photography. Love yours.

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  8. I haven't seen the other photos, Jean, but this one looks worthy of a prize to me--great shot! The yoga mat tip is a terrific idea; when I've tried to take photos from the ground level, I'm always covered in grass stains afterwards. And several times, it's been like Island Gal--my Golden thinks it means playtime:)
    I'm no good at identifying mushrooms, which is why I don't go mushroom hunting:)

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  9. I think it's a great picture. I saw a couple tiny mushrooms in the garden but would have had to lay on a few other plants to get a shot;) I'll follow your link and check out all the photos.
    Marnie

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  10. Beautiful photo....don't call it a little entry. You could compete with the pros with this shot!

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  11. Hi Jean, what a fabulous shot, it has potential to be the winner IMHO! I hadn't read about the yoga mat idea, but it makes perfect sense. Gravel is not comfortable at all. HA
    Frances

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  12. I'm with Pam. As the image was coming up on the screen and I could just see the top, I thought it was a bun, too! I am always making Mark get down to get a shot I want. We use our biggest knee pad. (Of course, I could get down and take the photo myself but I know I will like his better!)

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  13. Yoga mat -- what a great idea, and what a lovely shot!

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  14. Nice mushroom shot, it's not always so easy to isolate them from their environment enough to get a clear shot. Sorry I don't know what it is...

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  15. A Poetic pose ... the blades of grass and the tiny toad stool... you make the viewer wonder ... where is Alice??? You really got down under...wonderful ... Good Luck Jean!

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  16. Those contests are always intimidating, but I like yours a lot.

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  17. This picture almost looks 3-D! Great shot. I saw a bunch of these mushrooms on my recent camping trip. I looked them up when we got back, and they look like Amanita muscaria ssp. flavivolvata or Amanita muscaria var. formosa. Either way, looks like you have one funky mushroom on your hands.

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  18. Grrr - I left a comment, but forgot about the word verification. (I wonder how many times I've done that here.) I think I said something about how, when I read the theme, I envisioned a photo just like yours. It's perfect.

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