Tiger Lillies and Fungi

Liddy and I were out enjoying the sunshine last weekend, wandering through a clear-cut that will soon become a subdivision near where we live. I find it a fascinating place because of the changing seasons. Each month there is something different to find and marvel about how nature does her thing. This month, there are the tiger lilies. There is a large specimen beside the path we take and another not far off.

After the rain, the pollen still holds to the anthers, protected by the hat formed by the flower.

After the rain, the pollen still holds to the anthers, protected by the hat formed by the flower.

Drops of water from the last shower cling to this Tiger Lilly. The bright orange flower is hard to miss when you are hiking through a clearing.

Drops of water from the last shower cling to this Tiger Lilly. The bright orange flower is hard to miss when you are hiking through a clearing.

A Tiger Lilly outlined by an overcast sky. Raindrops still clinging to the petals.

A Tiger Lilly outlined by an overcast sky. Raindrops still clinging to the petals.

While I was shooting these last two, I had the opportunity to look down and see these small fungi clinging to a rotting branch.

Fungi doing its job of breaking down the dead material. Here it looks like a set of eyes are looking up out of the branch on the forest floor.

Fungi doing its job of breaking down the dead material. Here it looks like a set of eyes are looking up out of the branch on the forest floor.

As I said, always new and amazing things to see and enjoy.