Caretaker Report – Week 7 "Feathers, Weather, and Fungi"
March 3, 2011 | 1220 Views
It was mid-afternoon Saturday when Mike mentioned that he had briefly glimpsed an unusually large white bird. Reaching for the binoculars I head out onto the deck. It didn’t take long to catch sight of it, gliding out from behind a small island of rocks.
“It’s a swan!”
Not wanting to miss the chance of taking his picture I grab my camera but don’t waste time getting shoes or coat. Rushing, yet trying not to make any movement which would startle him.
Mike is a mushroom hunter. Traipsing through the woods peering under fallen trees or into the cavities of rotted trunks looking for a prized fungi. This is a variety of the “bolete” family.
This one below is a Chanterelle (cantharellus cibarius).
Now this is something we could eat and I get involved in the hunt. Sadly this was the only find of it’s size although the forest floor offers up dozens of it’s smaller kind , the “yellowfoot”.
I don’t imagine that you carry your camera when taking out the garbage but I do. Everyday at some point, I walk down to the heli pad to toss out the food scraps.
“Going to feed the fishes”, I call out to Mike. Rule: we always tell each other where we are going when we head outdoors. Clear blue sky, calm water, absolutely love days like this. Movement catches my attention. Jellyfish! A school,a group, what do you call 8 jellyfish? Some bob to the surface while others dive to deeper depths, their tentacles flowing behind like strands of hair.
6 o’clock and I’m staring out the window thinking “what to make for dinner?” when I noticed “my heron” It takes me a minute to see that he has brought friends, I put on shoes and jacket this time, than grab my camera. I exit through the kitchen door taking care not to let it bang. I crouch down taking long exaggerated strides. I’m sure if anyone was watching they would be laughing at my antics. My technique has worked! I settle cross legged on the edge of the upper heli pad and click away.
Till next week,
Heather & Mike