Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I went looking for mushrooms in the area. I didn't see many. But this is very wet land, there aren't any typical old mushroom forests. There's a relatively young bit of forest just outside the dyke bordering the river. The plant life is not very rich, the ground is mostly covered with nettles. The soil is pure clay. I imagine mushrooms like more mulchy soil. I found one little cluster growing on a tree stump.
In general I am not sorry that there aren't many mushrooms around. They are nothing but the fruits of a big underground mould and I don't like moulds! They better stay away from my house and the woodwork, and I am absolutely phobic about mushrooms in my rafters.
There were some more in a drier area near a bridge, where I remember seeing mushrooms in other years. I think these mushrooms are big this year. They are growing in a number of large clusters. I didn't photograph the biggest clump because it looked too dirty and ragged.
The individual mushrooms here seemed a bit grown out of proportion, they look like bread that has risen too much in the oven, with the crust cracked and the top breaking open.