The Forest

I started carrying my DSLR in my purse again - I removed it in January after I tore my ACL because the purse is super heavy with that camera in it. Without my DSLR with me at all times, I shifted towards using my iPhone instead.

But the big camera is back with me at all times and it came in handy Tuesday afternoon as I had 10 extra minutes to kill before my violin lesson. My teacher lives close to a forest preserve and it was a nice change of pace from the normal prairie vistas I normally photograph.

May Apples
I learned these are called May Apples. They look like forest umbrellas that protect the forest floor.

Forest Umbrella

And it was appropriate for me to find a fiddle head, right before violin lessons:
Fiddle Head

I still took an assortment of photos with my iPhone, but I tried to capture different vantage points with it:
Umbrellas #green #forest #squaready

Woodland Purple #flowers #spring

If you live close to a forest preserve, make sure to go and visit it.
Linked to This or That Thursday and Rural Thursday.

tinajo  – (April 5, 2012 at 6:19 AM)  

They DO look like little umbrellas - so pretty! I´m glad you brought the camera! :-)

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (April 5, 2012 at 7:16 AM)  

I'm glad you brought the big camera for these lovely photos.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm  – (April 5, 2012 at 7:35 AM)  

Looks just like Spring. Great pictures!

Diane Cayton-Hakey  – (April 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM)  

Love the photo of the fiddlehead. I'm not sure we have those in our forest, but would love to see one up close. Nice shot!

EG CameraGirl  – (April 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM)  

Love your photos of the may apples. Ours won't be blooming for a long while yet. I haven't seen fiddleheads yet either.

Charade  – (April 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM)  

Yes, how fun to find a fiddlehead in that particular form just before your lesson. Life is full of serendipity if you're open to it.

Heather  – (April 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM)  

Beautiful!! Yay for carrying the camera in your purse again bummer for tearing your ACL

Helene  – (April 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM)  

Looking at these, I'm getting anxious to go for a walk in the woods (or forest). I love the calm feeling of these photos. Thanks!

Branson  – (April 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM)  

Lovely! I love the simplicity of that last one! I use my phone for photos a lot since my dslr broke!

ArtMuseDog and Carol  – (April 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM)  

Awesome photography ~ glad you had your camera ~thanks, namaste, ^_^ linked w/This and That Thurs

Nancy Claeys  – (April 6, 2012 at 4:56 AM)  

These are lovely captures, Shirley. Especially love the 4th photo -- wonderful.

Thank you so much for sharing at Rural Thursdays. Have a wonderful weekend!

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