236: Flourishing in the rainPosted: May 17, 2011
Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom.
~ Thomas Carlyle
While some things are not doing so well in our supersaturated system caused by all the rain, others are flourishing. The fungi are loving it.
There are all kinds of strange growths out there. It would be nice to learn what is edible and what is not. But without an expert here to help me out, I’m not going mushroom picking. One wrong fungus could be deadly.
Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.
~ Friedrich Nietzche
All of the above photos were taken a day or two ago. I did not bring the camera along when I went outside today. For one thing, it’s raining pretty steadily. For another, my outdoor time today was about running errands and doing chores.
All of the following fungi photo were taken last August in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. This seems like a good time to use them in a post. I’m putting all my fungi in one basket, so to speak.
M the Younger and his lovely wife, Merdi, will be packing up and leaving Colorado this week. They were our excuse to take vacation visits to Colorado over the past two years. I’m a little sad that they will be leaving as I fell in love with the parts of Colorado I have visited, particularly Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park, and it was nice having a reason to go back. However, I’m mostly happy that they will eventually be living a bit closer and hopefully that means we will see them more often.
Another positive note to their move is we will now use our vacation time to have new adventures in new (to us) places. Both M and I have long lists of places we want to explore. Perhaps we’ll get a chance to start whittling away at those lists.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
~ Susan Sontag