July rains bring…August mushrooms

August is usually a brown month. The plants are spent and dried out, the ground parched. Not this year. An unusual amount of rain has kept everything nice and green as well as brought up an array of mushrooms around my town that I might not typically see.  I’ve got mushrooms on my mind lately because of the recent release of the remake of “The Beguiled,” a Clint Eastwood movie I saw on TV when I was a child that did for my feelings about mushrooms pretty much what “Jaws” did for my feelings about shallow water at the beach. (I’ve yet to see the Sofia Coppola-directed remake but I absolutely will – eventually.)

I’m too lazy to look up their names so here’s some interesting and nameless mushrooms that caught my eye.

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Follow the leader?

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What a color!

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I liked how they formed a mysterious circle. “Crop circle mushrooms?”

 

p.s. I am still having internet issues so forgive me in advance for not replying promptly to any comments. I do still like ’em!

21 thoughts on “July rains bring…August mushrooms

  1. Retirementallychallenged.com

    Mushrooms are beautiful, aren’t they? And, of course, some are poisonous… but since I purchase any I eat from the grocery store, I guess I don’t need to know which are safe and which aren’t. I think that red one with the white dots is one that has psychoactive properties and has been used as an intoxicant in many cultures (I’m not speaking from experience, believe me).

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I’ve known people who go out and pick their own; I’d never have the nerve! And I wouldn’t eat Mushroom Casserole at their house! Psychoactive properties ay? Doesn’t Alice in Alice in Wonderland eat mushrooms too?

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  2. sonofabeach96

    My FIL, who grew up on a farm and was a farmer himself, that the old-timers told him they refer to those mushroom circles as “fairy circles”, and that they happen as a result of lightning strike. No idea how accurate that is though. 😃

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Sonofabeach96 mentioned the “fairy rings” too. That is charming. Maybe people who grew up harvesting mushrooms are comfortable with it; those of us who grew up watching “The Beguiled” not so much.

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  3. Anne Mehrling

    I observe mushrooms in the wild and eat only those from the grocery store. I once frequented a lovely cake-decorating shop on Long Island that was named The Red Mushroom. It is long gone, but I have happy memories of going there.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Anne, I’m with you, grocery store only (and even THEN I sometimes get a little hinky about it). The Red Mushroom is a great name but I would think it was a psychedelic head shop, not a cake place!

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