Mushrooms growing close together (low angle view)

Not socially distanced (click on any photo to enlarge).

Clearly, the mushrooms missed the memo on social distancing. They’ve been popping up everywhere this season in mass tribal gatherings, cheek by jowl (cap by gill?), crammed in like party-goers on a pre-pandemic New Year’s Eve or diehard fans at a Donald Trump rally.

Mushrooms growing close together (from above)

But I can also report seeing many individuals and small families of mushrooms that are keeping a fungi-appropriate social distance from their neighbours, or even standing apart in relative isolation.

Single mushroom, low angle

I can definitely relate to these introverts of the mushroom world, who, like me, are pretty much keeping to themselves these days.

Single gilled mushroom, low angle

At any rate, distanced or massed, the variety and profusion of the mysterious life that rises from its underground world at this time of year makes for interesting walks along our wet forest trails.

Orange musthrooms, fallen over

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

4 responses »

  1. Gudrun says:

    We have plenty here as well, your posts are always so interesting to read. 🙂

  2. Fred Bailey says:

    They certainly have been prolific this fall, and often little devils to photograph well.
    Good blog! Fred

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