The scorched grass of summer morphs into verdant lushness.
The air sparkles.
I’m Alice In Wonderland admiring a toad stool.
Am I too big?
Or are they too small?
Looking around, I’m disappointed there’s no bottle labelled ‘drink me.’
Still I’m enchanted.
Anything this beautiful must be magical – – but NO.
Research says this is probably Amanita muscaria. Hallucinogenic, YES. But not in a good way. Bad. Very BAD.
Fungus & mushrooms are a mystery to me. Our rainforest abounds with their fruiting bodies each autumn.
They’re so exotic looking – so tempting.
Haida Gwaii(also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) is mushroom heaven. I went there one September to visit friends & forage chantrelles. We found so many varieties I lost count. And the 2 volumes on Mushroom ID just made me even more nervous of proper recognition.
So many. So similar. So tasty. So deadly.
I risked life, limb & bicycle when I stopped in the middle of Dallas Road the other day to get this photo of street art. Wouldn’t it be neat to meet the whimsical public worker brave enough to create it?
More & more often the streets in Victoria are showing the influence of creative & open-minded thinking. I first spied this funky crosswalk through the windows of a transit bus. The compulsion to get a photo was so strong, I had to get off the bus. This time my self-preservation instinct kicked in, so I remained safely on the curb for the shot.
When I was out to Long Beach for Thanksgiving, I was delighted to see the trend had spread to Tofino. Several crosswalks along the main drag show off the town’s artistic bent.
Surfing is a big deal out there, so it makes sense they produced an homage to the wave. My favorite is the wave made by swapping the black & white stripe placement to show off the wave pattern. Another that changed the regular shape of the crosswalk to form the wave is pretty cool, too.
Even better is the crosswalk that the fish are swimming through.
Now that’s groovy.
But all this makes me wonder…
Are we just a bunch of creative hippies out here on the west coast?
Or are other places on board with this fun?
This year our grape-vine has produced grapes! It’s thrilling.
Most years we get 1 or 2 clusters of teeny-tiny grapes… and honestly, I thought that it was just the way this particular variety of grape made fruit.
Whatever variety of grape this is, it is capable of producing a wonderfully sweet, juicy eating grape.
When I picked my first cluster, he weight of it astounded me. I just had to check it out on the kitchen scale – –
2.5 pounds !!!
Can you believe it?
And they’re tasty, too!
Now it would be nice to know what we did differently this year…
Was it because C didn’t winter prune the vine as hard as he usually does?
… or because we had an especially sunny summer?
… or because there was less competition for water & nutrients in the planting bed this year?