Today’s trip to the lake was simply sublime, and a perfect post- work unwind. I love woods and water, especially the rocky shoreline type. So I was primed for some zen rock sitting, watching the water do its thing. I got so, so much more!
First off, there is nothing like occupying a waterside picnic area with no other souls around (swoon). Then there is no stranger to see me nerdy geek out over rocks, trees of unusual character, fairy moss worlds, pollinator-covered flower stands, and…MUSHROOMS!
Holy cow, were there mushrooms. I would guess possibly ten or more species, sadly of which only one I absolutely can identify – Amanita Muscaria. I found three of them. I really need a field guide so I can harvest and gnosh on appropriate species.
The variety astounded me, as the area possibly wasn’t more than 1/4 mile by a 1/4 mile, if that. Pink and white fringed ones, blazing orange ones, pancake looking ones, ones that resembled soldier helmets tossed on the ground, golden ones with tops like a good omelet, and teeny tiny ones. I scrabbled from hill to valley, across the road, down to the lake and back (my Fibit rejoiced – according to it I climbed fifty floors today).
It was absolute joy. I didn’t care that it was sprinkling (curly hair be damned!) I didn’t care that my toes looked like I’d dug in a garden. Bliss. That’s what it was.
And the rocks! Impressive colors and aggregates.
I’ll write about trees tomorrow, and leave you with this busy bee buddy 💙 💜
~SE, still smiling after her nature immersion