Sunday, October 2, 2011


The stormy edges of two hurricanes have blown through here leaving fallen trees and soggy ground. Now mushrooms have popped up everywhere. Some stand boldly in the middle of perfectly manicured lawns. Others nestle under shrubbery or gather along fences. A short walk around my neighborhood revealed an astounding variety; dinner-plate-sized white ones with ruffly yellow edges, round red caps on streaked yellow stems and tiny "bottle caps" with flat tops on stems so thin that it's a wonder they can stand up straight. I trespassed to shoot this photo of a gang of escapees from the "Nutcracker Suite" section of the Disney’s "Fantasia." The mushrooms will disappear but the sheer magic of their appearance will remain.