Weird Plants At My House

As a wise woman once said, “Oh! What a world! What a world!” (Points for naming the source of the quote and the speaker.) If I’d known the country was such a great resource for sf/fantasy writers, I would have paid more attention when I had — I mean when I was privileged to — spend time there as a child.

In the back, Charlie planted castor beans around the perimeter of the garden because a friend said it would discourage moles. It doesn’t seem to have discouraged the mice who have taken over the now-disused mole tunnels in order to nom our potatoes. I can hear them giggling all the way up here.

In the front, this massive fungal growth has staked a claim at the foot of a tree. It’s the size of a dinner plate! (The fungus, not the tree.) The black specks are not pepper, they’re insects.

WRITING PROMPT: Go outside and take pictures of weird things in nature. If you take pictures of people, don’t tell them that. Word to the wise.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Weird Plants At My House

  1. Cera Daniels

    August 6, 2011 at 12:19pm

    I love weird plants. And a camera perspective can offer so many different sparks of genius for fantasy and otherworldly world-building. Last year, I had a sweet potato sit too long waiting to be nommed, and it grew roots UPWARD, a mini habitat. Bizarre trees! They made it into the world for the series I’m working on right now.

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      Marian Allen

      August 6, 2011 at 12:42pm

      Ooo, sounds wonderful! There are so many bizarre plants in The Real World, it makes imagining weird ones almost superfluous. 🙂

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