Hi everyone! Welcome back to our weekly Art In Nature series! It’s been a wet couple of days here and that always makes me think of mushrooms. It seems they really like to pop out when it’s wet and a bit cooler, except for some species which like it wet and warm. They all seem to like it on the wet side and on the shady side. At least up here they do anyway, maybe it’s different in other places.
And I do enjoy photographing them from underneath, which you can see from today’s selection once again. It is tricky though and impossible with some of the smaller mushrooms or ones with short stems. And I don’t like to pick them, like wildflowers I prefer to leave them for others to see. I have noticed that some people like to kick them or stomp on them, but so many of them are quite beautiful and they are a wonderful part of a healthy forest by helping to break down plant “clutter” on the forest floor to make it usable for plants and trees.
Some mushrooms are toxic and can be deadly so it’s best not to eat wild mushrooms unless you are absolutely sure they are safe to eat. Some highly toxic mushrooms are nearly identical to mushrooms that are safe to eat. With those it’s best to ignore them altogether. But mushrooms are fantastic to photograph. Have a great day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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