Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #171-Weird and Wonderful

Lately, a lot of weird and wonderful things keep popping out around me.  When Hubby and I walked over to Costco, six blocks away, a few weeks ago to get a hot dog for lunch, I spotted a large fungus growing in the beauty-bark by the sidewalk.  I have no idea what it really is, but I thought its color and lighter edges made it wonderful in its weirdness.

WeirdFungus

I feel like this is the kind of fungus that normally grows out of the bark of a big tree, but maybe its spores were waiting in that beauty-bark, for the right growing conditions.

On another of my walks around the neighborhood, I spotted this bush growing in a neighbor’s yard.  I call this “Strange Fruit”.

StrangeFruit

Right in my own back patio, I spotted an unusually-colored maple leaf, against a background of the cedar scales that are falling all around me, even as we speak.  You should see the whole yard!

Cedar-maple

Parts of the leaf had turned red, but there’s a section that is brown.  I wonder if that has something to do with our drought this summer-maybe that leaf turned some brown, but the rest red since it stayed on the tree until recently.  Botanists is my audience?  Does anyone have a guess?

Weird and wonderful things don’t have to be plants.  I just guffawed when I saw this sign at a local shopping center.

Drive-thruSparkPlugs?

Drive-thru spark plugs?

And sometimes, even people can be both weird and wonderful.  This gentleman whom I met on the sidewalk in Nashville, allowed me to take his picture.  He had such a pleasing smile on his face, and seemed very happy.

NashvilleClass

Finally, back to the vegetable world.  This fruit, related to a lemon, has to be one of the weirdest fruits created by God.

Buddha'sHand

Note to Tina Schell.  All these photos were taken with my iPhone XR, which only had one simple camera.  I think these photos are very good.  Now, I have an iPhone 13 Pro, and below is a picture I took with it, exactly a week ago today.

Lighted tree

Weird, and quite wonderful!

 

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3 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #171-Weird and Wonderful

  1. Well – a great gallery of weirdness indeed! Loved especially that fungus, so beautifully coloured. Yes – I also thought they belonged to trees… Your fruits are strange too – but really wonderful. My favourite still, is the smiling man – what a happy guy!

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