... but a lot of times it's about something else entirely, and the texture is just a bonus. These pictures, for instance, are actually about Life. Appropriately ... or not ... they were taken at a cemetery. This is a Resurrection Fern. Yes, it is growing in the fork of that tree, no dirt required. Don't worry though, no harm will come to the tree. It is an air fern, it takes it's nutrients from the air and water.
It's name comes from the fact that it survives periods of drought by curling up and appearing dead. Then when it get just a little water the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to resurrect.
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DISCLAIMERThis weeks theme is "Rough". With that in mind I'm going to suggest that if you are squeamish, or have creepy crawly phobias, you might want to skip this post and come back in a day or two. "Rough" is not always pretty, and after these first few shots I have some that might creep you out. I don't want to be accused of giving anyone nightmares. So consider yourself warned: There be monsters.
Same day, same beach. The tide pool and it's path to the sea was my subject here, but the barnacle covered rocks pretty much steal the show
Wandering the beach along the inter-coastal waterway while my friends were casting nets for shrimp I came across this one and titled it "The Boneyard". It's grizzly, and gross, and kind of haunting. To this day I can't explain why it caught my eye, or I felt the need to record it, but if this guy didn't have it rough, no one ever has ;)
Like the Resurrection fern, this critter also "curls up and appears dead". I can assure you this one is not actually dead although he does look rough, he's just "playing possum". It looks like he may have had a narrow escape before I stumbled up and surprised him. I'd always heard about this trick but had never seen it before. In other shots taken at the same time he's eyes were a bit more open, a paw or his tail in a slightly different position. Yet I never saw him move the entire time I was shooting. I was careful not to get too close (I have a very good zoom lens). I hear opossums can carry rabies and can be very vicious. They prefer, however, to play dead and hope you'll go away. After just a few shots I did just that. He looked like he needed to find his way home.
Some of you are going to hate me now, but I think I've saved the best for last.
Remember way back there at the beginning when I warned you there be monsters?
If you're going to freak out ... go ahead and leave now
Go on, it's okay, nobody will think less of you
Are you ready?
It's time ...
This little guy ... what was that? Yes, LITTLE. I told you I have a very good zoom lens on my camera. He's really smaller than the eraser on the end of your pencil. See those "rough rocks" he's climbing on? That is the edge of a cement sidewalk that looks perfectly smooth to the naked eye. I LOVE my camera.
For you new folks, I quite often will throw in what has become known as "the obligatory spider shot" in my picture posts. I've been neglecting that lately. I don't usually do a disclaimer, but these big eyed jumping spiders tend to freak people out. They are scarey looking up close.
Go see Carmi @ Written Ink for more "Rough" stuff. Don't worry, nobody else is as warped as I am.