Flagstaff is the New Seattle
Welcome to the rainforest of Arizona where Flagstaff tied 1919's record July rainfall this year, beat the August average by over 50% and as of today has already equaled the September average with another 20 days left in the month. As I write this is is raining again - oooh Flagstaff, you make me wet. And you also wash out a lot of my outdoor activities. In turn, of course I end up in bed with the girlfriend. Barry White's playing on the stereo, one thing leads to another and before you know it we're perusing Edward Weston books and wondering how someone who shot bedpans in soft sensuous light, nudes in harsh direct light, and most everything else in lousy light got a Guggenheim. Must have been the bell pepper studies. Which got me thinking I should shoot some vegetable still lifes. I dig bellpeppers, but Dawn despises them so I needed another subject to practice with. Fortunately one upside of all the rain has been some wild fungus action in Northern Arizona.
Without futher ado, the magnificent Lobster mushroom:
Seven-inch diameter Lobster Mushroom. A nice garish orange, but as I'm going all Weston with these you get to ogle the B&W version.
Lobster detail - this is a very firm rough surface texture.
About four inches across the cap - I don't have an ID on this pup (possible Russula genus), but it sure has classic lines.
Nine inches of soft heavy flesh. An Oyster mushroom.
Oyster mushroom detail - bring on the bedpans.
Ahh, the venerable Giant Puffball - but really it needs something for scale to attest to it's awesomeness...
Ah, here we go. The Boss, all 22 pounds of him, dares me to kick him out of my La-Z-Boy.
A scene unlikely to be found in nature, but fun to set up, and showing that here at Vermphoto we believe in diversity. A denizen of the humus gets it on with a wood rotter.
As always, thanks for visiting Vermphoto. Get wet.