Thousands of mushrooms are popping up all over our property, in what’s turning out to be one of the best wild mushroom seasons in a long time. As a result, my walks lately have been more of a slow amble – but still, they do involve some exercise.
Most of the individual mushrooms are small, so to get a good look – and especially to photograph them – requires a form of calisthenics that’s not normally part of my daily routine: deep knee bends. Dozens and dozens of them!
I have no expertise in wild mushroom ID, so I don’t know if any of the fungi I’m seeing are edible. Nor do I know – or care to find out – if any might be hallucinogenic. I’m content to admire them and to try to capture their beauty in images.
It seems that almost every day our mushroom map changes, as some disappear and others pop up where there was no sign of any the previous day. All of the mushrooms in these three photos were found around our pond, but they could be gone by the time I get this posted. Ephemeral beauty at its best!
Our fall fungi are by no means colourful or flashy, but I love their graceful lines and subtle hues. And if, in the process of photographing them, I happen to shed a few pounds, I’ll consider them magic mushrooms.
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A reminder if you are going to be on Gabriola Island:
My photography show, Reflections on the Coast, continues until Nov. 30 – I hope you’ll get an opportunity to catch it.