I didn't realize until I started writing this that it has been a full month since my last posting here. Sorry about the delay.
Anyway, I went down to the Arboretum a couple weeks ago to see what was blooming and what else looked interesting.
Actually, one of my goals was to reshoot this tree stump. While I like parts of the image, other parts annoy me, like the way the shadows and sunlight fall.
Here's the replacement shot. To begin with, I got really lucky with the weather. It was a bright, overcast day, so no shadows but good light. I also like that there are more plants growing around the stump, giving a more solid contrast between the dead tree and life around it. The texture also comes out better in this shot. Finally, I like the fact that you can see through the stump, which, for me, adds a little extra interest.
I think I'm going to call this the Devil's Tree Stump because the shape and weathering reminds me of pictures I've seen of Devil's Tower.
I spotted these mushrooms growing in the Iris Garden. They are quite small and next to the ground, which made it tricky to shoot properly. I do like the result.
The Wild Calla Lilies were also blooming. I love these flowers. They are so different from the cultivated varieties.