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Carla’s Photograph of the Day – August 29, 2013

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The Deliquescence of an Inky Cap Mushroom

Ouray, CO
Taken 1:00 PM, 8/29/13

Last night this inky cap (shaggy mane) mushroom in our campsite had a bell-like shape but by morning it had flattened and begun its strange process of self-digestion. Enzymes cause the meat of the mushroom to deliquesce (a new word for me: it means to liquify or, more poetically, to disappear as if by melting. I guess the wicked witch also deliquesced.) This gooey liquid can actually be used as a semi-permanent ink; Chris intends to try it out. By tomorrow only a black pool will be left. How quickly life comes and goes.

Last night this inky cap (shaggy mane) mushroom in our campsite had a bell-like shape but by morning it had flattened and begun its strange process of self-digestion. Enzymes cause the meat of the mushroom to deliquesce (a new word for me: it means to liquify or, more poetically, to disappear as if by melting. I guess the wicked witch also deliquesced.) This gooey liquid can actually be used as a semi-permanent ink; Chris intends to try it out. By tomorrow only a black pool will be left. How quickly life comes and goes.

Quotes of the Day:

“Everything flows and nothing abides,
 everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.”
~Heraclitus (c.540 – c.475 BC)

“Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—is always changing, moment to moment.”

– Pema Chodron

RUNNER-UP PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DAY
Morning Dewdrop

Ouray, CO

Taken 9 AM, 8/29/13

“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water.”

“Your body is like a dewdrop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning.”

– Dogen Zenji (1200 – 1253)

3 thoughts on “Carla’s Photograph of the Day – August 29, 2013

  1. Buckminster Fuller knew a thing or two about deliquescence when he wrote: “I seem to be a verb…” OXO

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