March 1, 2010

Tiny Mushroom


Searching for treasures one afternoon I came across this tiny mushroom among the brown needles, twigs and leaves gathered beneath a tall old tree. In the midst of the debris it stood, blending yet standing proud, alone, apart.

I tried to capture the surprise, the sense that it was a rather unique and exquisite piece of my afternoon's small adventure.

In this treatment of the image the mushroom rises prominently in the foreground. A small dry leaf arches above its form and tiny twigs stretch well above its slight canopy. In the background the color and brightness of spring is evident but softly blurred deferring to the clarity of the dry brown details that welcomed this small wonder into being.

A simple filter and a little extra saturation gave the image a soft polish and a modest intensity to reflect the gentle care with which I hope to add it to my collection of simple treasures.

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