After a dreary few days of rain and cool weather, we return to the woods for a walk.
I take my camera because after all this time, I finally know what to expect. The forest follows a predictable pattern: first rain, then a beautiful display of fungi. I can’t wait to see what I’ll find.
(I’ll pause here and thank you for continuing to read. I know it’s so strange to marvel over mushrooms. I know it’s weird to be fascinated by fungus. I’ve decided I love beautiful things that come from dark and dreary places. Fungi grow in dreariness. I love that.)
We find laetiporus, sometimes called “Chicken of the Woods” or Sulphur Shelf first.
|Laetiporus or “Chicken of the Woods”|
It spills from a tree like a humble offering.
|Laetiporus Spilling From a Tree|
But then, I find something so rare, that I can’t believe I’m seeing it. It looks to me like a little white pony rearing up her head.
|Monotrop Uniflora or “Indian Pipe”|
|Ghost Plant in the Woods|
This one is monotrop uniflora, also called Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe.
The forest never disappoints after a week of rain. I’m learning God doesn’t either after my own dreary seasons.
Fungi can only grow in dreary places. Maybe all truly strange and beautiful things do.
I know it’s a little strange to be fascinated with mushrooms, but I am! Have you seen some great ones lately?