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Tree Tuesday: Fairy’s Staircase

Walking the Malachite Trail in the SWA portion of the most wonderfully pristine Everglades watershed of the Grassy Waters Preserve, an old tree displayed new life with a whimsical fungi arrangement β€” a fairy staircase!

fairy tree

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  1. Lovely words for the mushrooms. I loved the Everglades when I visited.

    February 5, 2013
    • Thanks much! There’s so much to see in the ‘Glades; such a fascinating and varied ecosystem that spreads so very far (far beyond the actual designated parks!)….

      February 5, 2013
  2. Love it! I was out taking pictures of black birds the other day near a huge patch of shamrocks that looked like an elemental’s garden but this is even better!

    February 5, 2013
    • Ah, how PERFECT!! I don’t know… I see such things everywhere. I tried to crawl into a swamp recently to shoot a fairy ring of shamrock, it was just sublime. Unfortunately I couldn’t…quite…reach it. πŸ™‚ Not enough to get a good shot of it, anyways.

      February 5, 2013
  3. I love your title on this one..especially after talking about Ida Outhwaite..so it would be easy to visualize one of her fairy drawings with this idea!!

    February 5, 2013
    • Isn’t it perfect timing? πŸ™‚

      This scene really WOULD fit in with her work… Sigh. Visions of those traditional artists floating in my head. They really had such fantastic imaginations, and a true love and respect of the natural kingdom.

      February 5, 2013
  4. Loving your captures – Cool:) Happy Tuesday!

    February 5, 2013
    • Hee, thanks so much! It was a wonderful sight…. πŸ™‚

      February 5, 2013
  5. hannekekoop #

    So lovely. I can totally imagine fairies sitting there. πŸ™‚

    February 5, 2013
    • Can’t you? It’s just perfect. πŸ™‚

      February 5, 2013
  6. Wonderful!
    Happy Tree Tuesday!! πŸ™‚

    February 5, 2013
    • Hee, thanks so much!! Happy Tree Tuesday!!! πŸ™‚

      February 5, 2013
  7. It does have magical qualities doesn’t it?

    February 5, 2013
    • It really does! So much in Nature does, when one is looking…. πŸ™‚

      February 5, 2013
  8. It’s cool to hang out with a mushroom, he’s such a fungi.
    Okay, I know, I’m banned. Sorry.
    I always return from a visit to the woods or marsh and can’t believe I didn’t take any fungus images. They are so varied and beautiful.
    —->Note to self: do a fungus project.

    February 5, 2013
    • Bwhhhhhaaaa!!!

      Oh no… There’s always a place for you here, with my sense of humor. πŸ™‚

      I’m the same, honestly. I don’t encounter much fungus amongus (see?), but I need to capture it when I do stumble upon it. Tough sometimes, because it’s usually deep in the swamp…

      February 6, 2013
      • Awwww! I was going to see if anyone had done the old fungus amongus line, and there it is! You never disappoint! It is a wonderful photo of a truly unique arrangement. As with so much in life, it’s the details – and the imagination – that count!

        February 6, 2013
      • Heeee! I just couldn’t believe I held it in that long…. πŸ™‚

        You’re exactly right β€” there’s SO much to see in life, especially in these wonderful, beautiful natural spaces. It sets the imagination free, which I truly believe is why it’s so imperative (well, one of the trillion reasons) to preserve them.

        February 7, 2013
  9. Nice fairytale trees. Like the B&W very much..

    February 6, 2013
    • Ah, thanks so much! I adore fairytale trees… I see them everywhere. πŸ™‚ That first pic came from my little iPhone, crazy enough.

      February 6, 2013
  10. And she’s climbing a stairway to heaven.

    February 9, 2013
    • Heh, absolutely, love it… πŸ™‚

      February 10, 2013
  11. Lovely. Here’s a dryad’s saddle to go with the fairy staircases (I just love these names!): http://www.flickr.com/photos/debplatt/7222815976/

    February 11, 2013
    • OMIGOSH!

      Love, love, love it!! Did you come up with that name???

      February 12, 2013
      • No, that’s really what they are called. πŸ™‚

        See this Wikipedia article on Polyporus squamosus.

        February 12, 2013
      • WOW… That’s so perfect. Utterly perfect.

        I just learned, from a fellow (Dutch) blogger artist friend, that those mushrooms I photographed are translated as “fairy couches” in her language. How sublime is that….

        February 13, 2013
      • “Fairy couches” … very cool! I wouldn’t have guessed that fairies were a part of the Dutch folklore.

        February 13, 2013
      • Ah, there were some AMAZING fairy artists / authors from the likes of Norway, Sweden…. all those northern climes. Probably all intermingled at some point!

        February 13, 2013
  12. I just ran into another fey name: Scarlet Elf Cup.

    February 22, 2013
    • Ooooooh I love, love, LOVE it! And they’re so incredibly LOVELY!

      February 22, 2013

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