Back in October, J and I visited a couple of dear friends in Seattle for a few days. While on our trip, we drove into the North Cascades and hiked the Lake 22 trail in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. This day was really one of the highlights of my year, and I'm still feeding off of the inspiration and beauty that we beheld in the Pacific Northwest. I know I say this a lot, but I really can't believe things like this exist. It's mind blowing, really! The hike up the mountain took about 3 times longer than the trek down, because of constant stops to observe and gawk (and photograph) about once every 20 feet or so. I know it's excessive, but when the opportunity arises you just need to take these things in, you know? Here is a sampling of the fungi I observed that day. This will be a two part post, since it's pretty photo heavy - and there's part two to look forward to next week! Can't wait to go back...
I started to go through my photos from our trip out west and got a little overwhelmed, so here are just a few from Seattle. Our friends that we stayed with live in Ballard, just down the street from the Locks so we took a walk down there on the first day. I'm told that we arrived just as the rains began, so the weather varied between mist, clouds, and intermittent sunlight. I can't say I was bothered by any of it; the landscape is so lushly green and covered with huge trees, ferns, moss and lichen that would probably not thrive were it not for that temperate climate.
This is pretty much the extent of my urban photography on the trip, as most of my photos are pretty much of the aforementioned incredible landscape, the North Cascades in particular. One great thing about visiting in the fall is the abundance of fungi, which I must admit is the reason I became overwhelmed when starting to go through photos. So many different types! I would love to share them all with you. It will take a while, but I'm going to break them up into a series of posts over the next several weeks -- small pleasures.
I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween and a lovely weekend. More knitted fungi is coming next week!
When we started planning our recent trip to Washington state, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of the landscape for at least one small installation. Time was not abundant, so in the end it turned out to be pretty minimal. After getting my lichen feet wet through collaborating with Sarah Hearn this spring, I've spent much of the summer planning out some new work that branches into lichen territory. I love knitting fungi, but also find lichen to be extremely fascinating the more I learn about it. And the more I observe it I find that I just can't help stopping to get up close and take in every one that I spot. It's hard to pull away at times!
This piece was inspired by Witch's hair (a rather magnified version of witch's hair). I wish I could have made it larger, but I do intend to continue exploring this species for a larger body of work that I've begun, so if you like it then stick around!
Just after I took my last photo, I heard a creak and glanced over to see a large snag tip and crash to the ground across the trail about 50 feet away. No one was nearby, thankfully, but it was magnificent to see. It's strange how an incident like witnessing a giant fall to the ground like that can make you feel so small, when it also brings you to realize that the giant itself is minuscule in comparison to the magnitude of the world. Nature is so vast. We are but one tiny component in this, yet we as humans feel that we control it all. It's a nice reminder that the world keeps spinning, trees keep growing and falling and the Earth will continue to nurture everything on it until the end of time. I feel refreshed and inspired with each moment that I spend in the wild.
J and I just returned from a trip out west to celebrate our third anniversary - we spent about a week in the Seattle area staying with some friends, and spent a lot of time outdoors. My friend Sharalee took these photos that I thought I would share since I have not had the chance to upload my own yet. The middle one is a pretty typical scene on hikes with me! I will share more soon about what caught my eye on our adventures. There's nothing more soothing than immersing oneself into wild places.