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Oh how the rain has fallen in the desert. We had almost an inch and a half today and the temp is in the fifties. There is enough of a chill in the morning to force me into my winter robe. Not that I am complaining.

With the moisture has come all kinds of different makings of God’s divine design. I had photographed this toadstool from when it first broke ground. I did it wet, I did it dry. I prayed for a little toad to come sit under or on it, but that never happened. I was walking away in my soaked clothes from laying flat on my belly when I heard a whisper tell me that the real beauty is underneath. So I gently lifted it from the ground and took it in my little studio for a look. Sure enough, the underside was of a grand design and conception with a hint of orange to it.

I laid it directly over a small portable flash to shine through the cap and just had a field day of capturing the symmetry, design and color. What a great 65th birthday gift from the Maker.

If it doesn’t look good from above, look underneath! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #349

Oh the irony of it all. I longed and searched for a nice mushroom/toadstool all over the meadows of the Lincoln National forest in New Mexico for a subject to photograph. I found one tiny specimen that I did make an image purely because it was all I had with which to work.

This afternoon, my wonderful neighbor and lady of nature, Carolyn, emailed me that she had a gorgeous  fungi growing in her front yard, about a half a block away. I had driven 700 miles round trip to the forest and then found what I had been looking for in my back yard (well almost). Heck, I even had a pleasant conversation with a couple of LDS Elders doing their door to door knocking missionary work while laying on my stomach with my subject. We each politely and respectfully defended our respective religious positions, shook hands and went our different paths to hopefully the same (more or less) destination.

Abba does have his way of making His glory seen on our journey††††nade te turbe††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #344

With all the rain we have been getting here in the mountains of New Mexico, I had high hopes of finding some mushrooms or toadstools to photograph. After searching the meadows for 3 days to no avail, I was ready to surrender that hope. Then yesterday, right outside my camping trailer, I found these 2 small specimens. I had seen them a time or two, but ignored them. They were extremely small ( less than a 1/2 inch tall or wide) and were not very colorful to the naked eye. But beauty is in even the smallest of things we walk past and never take the time to look.

Keep your eyes open for the things that are around you on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim