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What do hurricanes have to do with mushrooms? And mushrooms come in various shapes & sizes...

Welcome to the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Newsletter December 2017 edition.

Sometimes interesting subjects can be found close to home, even if it might be a previous home near where you grew up or a temporary home during an emergency.
Berkeley's Polypore - Bondarzewia berkeleyi Berkeley's Polypore
This huge mushroom was about a foot and a half across and is called a Berkeley's Polypore. Virginia & I spotted it a couple of years ago along a trail in the May Prairie State Natural Area less than two miles from where I grew up in Manchester, Tennessee. This species is also called Stump Blossoms as they are often found at or near the base of hardwood trees.
Fairy Ring Fairy Ring
Then last year when leaving town for the hurricane Matthew evacuation, I spotted a Fairy Ring in the grass on the side of the road. I had never seen one before and I had to turn around and go back to take a few photographs with my phone.
Fluted Bird's Nest Fluted Bird's Nest
This September we once again retreated from the coast to Lake Helen as a hurricane approached, this time it was Irma. Walking back from the clearing where we wisely parked the cars away from the big trees, one of which came down across the driveway during the storm, I saw someone taking pictures of something on the ground at the neighbor's house. Curious, I approached and saw that it was yet another fungi that I had never seen before, a Fluted Bird's Nest, growing in the mulch. These are tiny, with each one being less than a half inch in diameter and most with a drop of water in the cup.
To read more about these and several other interesting mushrooms, visit Mushrooms at the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography blog

Paul Rebmann will present a new program on Wildflowers & Pollinators at the January meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society Pawpaw Chapter.
Palamedes Swallowtail and Friends Palamedes Swallowtail and Friends on Purple Thistle
This informative program of photography and video showcases native Florida wildflowers and some of the pollinators that visit them, including the life cycles of the Spiderling Plume Moth and Gulf Fritillary butterflies. For a sample of some of the other subjects that will be included in the program see the Wildflowers and Pollinators blog post. The program will begin at 7pm at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd. South Daytona, FL. For details on this and other events, visit the Wild Florida Photo events page.

New Products
Fleece blankets, because Winter is Coming (Yes, I've watched the TV series and now I'm reading Game of Thrones)
Ice Tree fleece blanket Ice Tree fleece blanket
Ice encrusted branches high up on Mount Rogers, Virginia one cold Thanksgiving week years ago.
And also new, spiral notebooks
Scrub Jay on Chop spiral notebook Scrub Jay on Chop spiral notebook
Florida Scrub Jay on fresh chop after restoration at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida.

To see a selection of images that I think will look best on yoga mats, visit www.wildflphoto.com/yoga

All wall art print prices - all formats and sizes - have been reduced. Check them out at paul-rebmann.pixels.com

Note that there was no November newsletter - the photographer was off kayaking for a week in the Florida panhandle (sure to be the subject of a future newsletter) and taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The current Wild Florida Photo feature is Berkeley's Polypore.
Other recent featured photos at Wild Florida Photo include Pollardii Cactus, American Coot and Fluted Bird's Nest fungi.

Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Paul Rebmann
Wild Florida Photo
paul-rebmann.pixels.com
Twitter @WildFlPhoto

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