I am enjoying photographing and looking at the toadstools and mushrooms springing up throughout my garden and yard. Besides their beauty, they are also a symbol of how thoroughly we have pulled out of last year's drought.Last fall we had gone through a spring and summer with almost no rain as I frequently discussed on my blog. It wasn't until the spring of 2008 that significant rain turned the tide after close to 12 months of drought conditions.
Starting in March the tides turned and we've had regular rain since then. I'm glad that the city officials aren't forgetting how bad it got. There are still articles about how in spite of full reservoirs that it's too early to know if the ground water levels have recovered. I hope that water conservation will be a permanent part of my city's management and I think that's what has happened to an extent.I have barely scratched the surface of the multitude of mushrooms that have cropped up at my place, but I wanted to post a few other aspects of my outdoor life that delight me.The bird above (I think it's a brown thrasher) cracked me up. It kept getting deeper into the red bud tree but it was chirp chirp chirping so loudly, that is directed me towards where to photograph.I'm surprised I didn't catch it with its mouth open it was so noisy. I'm looking forward to winter when I can photograph more of the birds of bare limbs. I'm already getting the occasional shot from the tips of trees that dropped their leaves earlier than the rest. In contrast to the first signs of winter like scenes, the jungle in my back yard is another testament to drought's end.
I guess I'll end here. I am taking so many photographs lately it's really crazy.