Sep 28, 2010

A Full Invasion

Sylvia Plath - Mushrooms

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot's in the door.

Even the trees can't escape. 

 I just noticed 2 mushrooms in this photo. I was only aiming to photograph one.

 I call this the ballerina mushroom on account of its tutu.

But, the top view is pretty prosaic.

Remember the penis mushroom? This is what it becomes AFTER it lives a few days as a phallus.

And then this.

 And, after that, this.

Apparently the penis mushroom is called a shaggy mane, and it is one of the inky caps. It's edible, folks. 8-/

These wee golden fellows were huddled together under some pine mulch.

A few more photographs from today:

A Manitoba autumn day. (The little building is our sauna)

Sun through Oak.

Sun through Elm.

If I don't blog for awhile, it just means I have sun in my hair and leaves in my shoes.

Or...the mushrooms got me.


Space Dog said...

It's happening HERE now!!! 8-/


wapines (n.) a rare species of extremely emotional, evergreen tree, known for their incessant weeping and whining about their lives.
Also known as emocypress and FMLjuniper.

"Those wapines were whining so incessantly that I couldn't even enjoy my trail mix!"

(adv.) wapining

Amber@Nater Tot said...

I LOVE that you discovered that the penis mushroom was edible. Fantastic :)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

We JUST Watched a documentary on mushrooms this morning and I drove home from an outing DREAMING of a huge mushroom salad....


Courtney Fullerton said...

Gorgeous post! I really loved your discovery on the edible penis mushroom, too.

Space Dog said...
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Space Dog said...
THIS is edible. (Top one especially.) :)