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.
Or maybe playing with my camera in the woods is more my style. Hmmm.