Fall Mushrooms


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It’s funny how the most onerous tasks can sometimes lead to the sublime.  One of my least favorite things to do is walk the dogs in the rain.  But while I was doing that this weekend I happened to notice an interesting mushroom popping up through the tangle of leaves and pine needles on the side of the road.  One thing led to another and by the end of the weekend I had switched out the dog for my camera and gone on several mushroom hunts all over the island.

The variety of shape and color in these creatures is astounding.  As I traipsed around in the woods I got to experience the eerie beauty of a world I hardly ever get to see.  The filtered light, brilliant green mosses, tangled growth, and masses of plants in various stages of decay makes for an otherworldly experience. Mushrooms come and go so quickly, it’s a constantly changing show.  And you have to train your eye to spot them; slow your pace, get down to their level.  One rainy weekend, one tiny island, and a dizzying array of these unique organisms…

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    Jeffrey Coleman
    January 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Truly lovely. Your little mushroom is completely part of nature. Full circle.

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    September 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Stunning photos, Sue!

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    September 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Wow I am impressed with how many mushrooms you found!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    September 27, 2011 at 2:25 am

    The photos of the mushrooms in your area are wonderful. The mushrooms in my yard are absolutely hideous. Some of them are so large and gross, that it actually looks like spots were visited my grazing cows. I’m talking HUGE!!! YUCK!!

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    the gardener's cottage
    September 27, 2011 at 2:24 am

    holy cow! that is a lot of gorgeous mushrooms!


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    September 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Love your collection!

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    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Fantastic! I so enjoyed this post; we LOVE mushrooms; I have always wanted to learn to pick them, but…also scared. Good idea, me too I stick witht the stored bought ones.

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    Yummy Mummy
    September 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Wow those are really amazing! I have never seen anything like them.

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    September 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful photos. My yard looks like this right now!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    September 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Beautiful pics and SO many different types of mushrooms – I had no idea! I agree that different weather patterns produce different types of beauty, lovely post