In a Forest Somewhere | Photos

by Elouise

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Yesterday D and I went for a forest walk with family members. The weather was perfect: cool, not cold; drizzly, not raining; overcast, not stormy–with sun breaking through during the last bit of our hike. Lots of downhill and uphill climbing on a marked trail.

It’s mushroom season! My favorite is at the top of the post. A stand-out star among all the others. Other favorites included groups or little ‘congregations’ of mushrooms–most of them small to tiny. Short-lived, petite wonders.

So here goes. I have no idea what each of them is named, or whether they’re edible or not. I just love the way they look–often so small you could miss them if you weren’t looking.

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I wish I could bottle (or photograph!) the smell of this forest. Decaying wood and leaves, dirt, pine and spruce needles on the ground, living ferns and mosses, damp air–all of it together. The smell of death and life all mixed together–with life ultimately winning out.

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 19 Oct 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, October 2015