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