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Blog archives for October, 2012

Archive for October, 2012

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Water, Leaves & Sky

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Lycoperdon Perlatum

the common puffball / der Flaschenbovist

As with all my mushroom photos, this is to the best of my knowledge, and based on the looks of the ‘shrooms only, not taking cross-sections or smell (or even taste) into account. For me, this ‘shroom is yet another example of how much looks can be deceiving (no news in the mushroom world!), for I would not have tagged that guy as being edible at all. But apparently, he is! And quite delicious when not yellow and squishy inside, at that.

I found him in our local woodland (the Marienhölzung) on Saturday – it was sunny on Sat and I wanted to get out some, after spending long days at work and the weather being less-than-ideal-for-walks. Other than that: Term is in full swing, and I am spending most of my time accordingly – other than from some brief excursions like this one, I expect new photos to be scarce – but since I accumulated quite a variety of as-yet-unposted photos over the last couple of months, never fear! :-) It’s going to be summery on here a lot, while the weather gets grey and dreary outside.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

The Penguin

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Mycena Zephirus

Rostfleckiger Helmling / Mycena Zephirus

I think this is a mycena zephirus (the Latin name is also the English one), but since I neither took one out of the ground to study its roots nor cut into one to discover the color of its sap and there are about a dozen-dozen ‘shrooms in the mycena family and for some of them these things are the final dividing characteristics, it might also be some other kind of Helmling. An Helmling it is, that much I think I can say for certain. Not toxic, but considered inedible – and apparently tastes strongly of radish.

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Det har regnvejr

Friday, October 19th, 2012

(a) small blue thing

Here’s another challenge reply, this time for a “small blue thing”. (Also, you can say what you want, but I miss the light that good old-fashioned lightbulbs made. This ‘energy saving lightbulb’ light and my camera – do not play well together. I might re-take this photo when its sunny again [so roundabout in March, eh?].)

Monday, October 15th, 2012

It’s ‘shroom time in the woods

These lovely specimen are armillaria, German name Hallimasch, Latin name armillaria ostoyae romagn. Of them I have learned that they are edible, but only when cooked, and not in conjunction with alcohol of any sort. Apparently the combination of alcohol and (even properly prepared) armillaria will make you really sick. Hence the saying of “Der Hallimasch, der Hallimasch, der wendet dir den Magen rasch” (“the armillaria, the armillaria, it will make your stomach turn quickly”). Also people apparently used to make a treatment against hemorrhoids out of them. (I did not follow the search up far enough to find out details or efficacy, sorry.)

(Yes, I am learning things about ‘shrooms purely so that I don’t have to make postings called “oh look, another photo of a mystery mushroom”. Consider it a bonus service :-).)

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The Sign of the Dragon

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Oudemansiella mucida

Oudemansiella mucida

The German name for this fascinating specimen and example of mushroomkind is the rather unattractive Beringter Schleimrübling, (‘ringed slimerooting’ [ouch! :-)]) while in English it is called, somewhat more poetically, a Porcelain mushroom. It is also apparently digestible (in the sense of ‘won’t make you sick’) once washed thoroughly, but not yum.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

October Country

an autumn landscape in Germany

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The things to come

Our winter term will be beginning a week from now, and so these days are all about giving my classes the final polish and think-through (or as much as one can do that before classes actually start, as some things come up and adjustments are often sensible things to make), to re-read the plays, poems and novels I’ll be covering one more time (the final read-through happens just before the class session that they actually come up in), and, you know, just doing stuff.

One of the classes I will be teaching is called by the lofty name “600 years of British Comedies” and where would such a class start but with the master himself?

So I spent parts of my workday today working my way through A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adding dozens of little post-its and working out lesson plans.

And, man, I’ve been missing Shakespeare. Don’t get me wrong, I love American Studies, but I am also really looking forward to my foray into British Literature. (And I think we’re generally dividing things from each other too much – we talk about globalization and internationalization on the one hand, but then often stick to national literary traditions and canons when teaching, or set up special ‘transnational’ classes – which is sometimes a bit bizarre, considering that ideas, thoughts, people and works of fiction crossed oceans and borders then as well as now.) Sometimes it makes more sense than others, and sometimes and for certain classes it does indeed make sense, but when you studied literatures from multiple points and places of origin being limited to in-depth working on just one is a bit unneccessarily constraining (specialization is all well and good, but not to the point of wearing blinders, eh?). So, you know, yay for smaller universities and colleagues and bosses that trust you when you say “with enough prep time, I can totally cover the missing ‘Brit Lit’ slot” (pretty please?).  (I think a major reason for the strict division is the prep-time-optimization-thing more often than not, really. [I’ve been reading a LOT of British Comedies from the last 500+ years this summer. And secondary literature. And history. It’s become a bit of a … thing.]).

My other classes are “An Introduction to American Literature” (I love being a ‘first contact’ person), “American Film Classics of the 30s & 40s” (Screwball! Noir! Western! Casablanca! Mr Smith in Washington! Rosebud! // Mise-en-scene! Angles! Genre! Hays Code! Joseph Breen! [And a class where the division makes sense] [Also: Popcorn!]) and “Children’s and Young Adult Fiction” (tailored to the state curricula, but other than that, totally international) and two projects (literature & tbd by the KSM students).

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

I am a creature of the woods

a road in the woods

Well, not even slightly in the sense of the song, but I went to these woods after Filkcontinental and that phrase kept going through my brain, and in a ways it is true – I love woods. I used to think that I was a girl of the ocean, and while that might be the case, there’s not a whole lot of actual ocean around here, and the fjord is too constrained and contained to truly feel like anything but a very wide river. And there’s something about woods that always lets me breathe a tad easier.

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Wait for me outside the window

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

This is not as classic and tradified a poem as the other entries into this category were, and far less well known. It is, for its sheer richness of sound and imagery, one of my favourite poems, however, and so I thought I’d share it with you here.

The Well
Jay MacPherson

A winter hanging over the dark well,
My back turned to the sky,
To see if in that blackness something stirs
Or glints, or winks an eye:

Or, from the bottom looking up, I see
Sky’s white, my pupil head –
Lying with all that’s lost, with all that shines
My winter with the dead:

A well of truth, of images, of words.
Low where Orion lies
I watch the solstice pit become a stair,
The constellations rise.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Freusburg Dawn

a photo of a sunrise begind trees and fog