cap of orange mushroom toad stool Alice In Wonderland, garden Victoria BC pacific northwest

Alice In Wonderland Mushrooms

orange mushroom toad stool Alice In Wonderland, garden Victoria BC pacific northwest
photo by SVSeekins

The scorched grass of summer morphs into verdant lushness.
The air sparkles.
Leaves tremble.

I’m Alice In Wonderland admiring a toad stool.

orange mushroom toad stool Alice In Wonderland, garden Victoria BC pacific northwest
photo by SVSeekins

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.

cap of orange mushroom toad stool Alice In Wonderland, garden Victoria BC pacific northwest
photo by SVSeekins

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.
Too risky.

orange mushrooms toad stool Alice In Wonderland, garden Victoria BC pacific northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Each year the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society host a Wild Mushroom Information Day at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.  Perhaps I should be brave this year, and give it a try.

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

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2 thoughts on “Alice In Wonderland Mushrooms”

    1. Agreed. I went to the wild mushroom show yesterday & was amazed at the variety of fungus on display… Super interesting, but intimidating,too. Some deadly, some edible, some medicinal…. Some really pretty, and others wouldn’t catch my eye coz they look like wrinkled fall leaves… So much to learn.

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