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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Friday, February 24, 2012

February things

After growing up in central Alberta, I still marvel at the West Coast climate. Wednesday was warm and sunny, and I discovered a crocus growing in the lawn as I raked away dead leaves and fallen fir branches to reveal the earliest flowering bulbs, while one of my favourite of the many fungi that grow around here magically appeared on an old log near the bird bath. Then on Thursday we went skiing on a cold and icy day at Mount Washington. Today was lashing rain and a wind warning. Such a contrast of weather.

Crocus tommasinianus

Mount Washington from the restaurant

Witches' Butter
(From Wikipedia) Tremella mesenterica (common names include the yellow brain, the golden jelly fungus, the yellow trembler, and witches' butter[2]) is a common jelly fungus in the Tremellaceae family of theAgaricomycotina. It is most frequently found on dead but attached and on recently fallen branches, especially of angiosperms, as a parasite of wood decay fungi in the genus Peniophora.[3] The gelatinous, orange-yellow fruit body of the fungus, which can grow up to 7.5 cm (3.0 in) diameter, has a convoluted or lobed surface that is greasy or slimy when damp. It grows in crevices in bark, appearing during rainy weather.

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