Fungi dawn


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Fungi adore
An autumnal
Dawn,
As dew saturates
The forest floor;
Sunlight seeps sleekly
Through cracks
In the canopy:
Fragile fruits
Multiply frantically,
Thrusting through
Miles of mycota matrices.
Thousands of
Peeping forest
Faces;
Blackened
And tattered,
Inked with a
Stink;
Shiny,
Slimy;
Pale and
Spinal;
Hot and
Spotted;
Purple and
Mottled;
Thrilling pink
Gills which
Chillingly
Kill.

For fungi enthusiasts and for advice on identifying fungi please see the link below.
www.first-nature.com

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11 thoughts on “Fungi dawn

    • Thanks Sue for your great comment. Fungi are wonderful! I’m having a great week walking and exploring with my dogs, the weather has a really lovely gentle crisp autumnal feel, mingled with woodsmoke. How are you getting on? πŸ™‚

  1. Gorgeous!
    My nephew and I read a book on mushrooms last year. It was fascinating. What was equally fascinating is the author’s penchant for sampling poisonous mushrooms.

    • Who is the author? The author I met wore a fly agaric toadstool jumper. His nose was so finely tuned to fungi that he’d suddenly take off into forest, so one had to be quick to keep up with him and he usually found a huge cep or beef steak! Your friendly author could be taking a big risk, but then Lewis Carroll apparently sampled the Fly agaric toadstool when writing Alice in Wonderland and had interesting hallucinations. I think I’ll stick to the well known edible ones! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your comment. To answer your question about ‘chillingly pink gills’, I’ve been on several fungi idents and the experts usually, if they can point out the ‘Deathcap’ (Amonita phalloids), which has pinkish tinged gills at a certain point of its growth and can be mistaken for edidble fungi. ‘Chillingly’ the ‘Death cap’ is responsible for 90% of fungus-related deaths in Europe. http://www.first-nature.com
      Have a great day πŸ™‚

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