Here’s a bit of a contrast to the beautiful spring blossoms.

A pair of sinister mug-shots.

I don’t remember running across these before, but apparently they’re quite common.

“Devil’s Urn” or Urnula craterium.  (Based on extensive research for almost ninety seconds on the internet.)

One article indicates that if you blow into the cup, it may spray out a cloud of spores with an audible hiss.

Any volunteers?

In the original Star Trek, there’s an episode called “This Side of Paradise,” where some alien flowers spray spores onto the colonists from Earth, and establish a symbiotic relationship, giving them all perfect health.  The spores also cause Spock to fall in love & be happy, for the first time in his life.

So, everyone is healthy & happy & in love, and no one sees much point in flitting around space in a giant tin can, bothering the natives.  Luckily, Captain Kirk is there to save everyone from this horrible fate, and evacuates the planet, so everyone can get back to being normal humans, staring at computer screens all day and paying taxes.

If you remember, it was after this episode, that Sulu and Chekov started referring to a “Captain Buzzkill,” and Scotty suddenly couldn’t ever get the transporter to work right, and kept leaving Captain Jerk, sorry, Kirk, stranded on hostile planets.

 

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Devil’s Urn

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A disintegrating old barn, leaning six ways to Sunday.

I like the hand hewn beams & weathered wood on old barns, and this had the right stuff, but right angles, not so much.  Nothing was entirely straight or plumb.

The light coming through the boards looked like some sort of coded message to me, but the first person I showed this to, saw a cityscape at night.

 

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Old barn at the end of the day

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Organic advertising ~~ Spreading the word

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Walks Around the Finger Lakes. March, Fillmore Glen. Hemlock Varnish Shelf Fungus.

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Walks Around the Finger Lakes. March, Fillmore Glen. Hemlock Varnish Shelf Fungus

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Walks Around the Finger Lakes. March, spring thaw.

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Walks around the Finger Lakes. Connecticut Hill, spring thaw

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Time for Old Man Winter to make tracks & beat it. 

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Late Afternoon, Late Winter

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One more cellphone B&W.  For some reason, the low-resolution look just feels correct for this scene and a very cold February.

I think most of us, when we think of “tree” in our mind’s eyes, see a trunk and a mass of leaves.

But in this part of the world, these trees spend most of their lives leafless.

And on a warmer note, although I generally don’t photograph nudes, it’s a pleasure to be able to see the architecture of the trunk and branches.

 

 

snow, Winter

February – – two trees

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snow, Winter

February – – a bench

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