Here in the Pacific Northwest, autumn rains mean a sudden proliferation of mushrooms everywhere. It’s a glorious time for mycophiles. I’ve been doing some inner explorations with my favorite, A. muscaria, but I’ve also been having some more exoteric mushroom adventures, such as:
GLAMOURBOMBING MUSHROOMS – my friend Tilda posted recently about our cooperative guerrilla art experiment, where we made mushrooms out of various materials and left them amongst the trees and paths of a local park. She also made Amanita-shaped cookies for our tea party, but you’ll have to visit her blog to see those!
YACHATS MUSHROOM FESTIVAL – We also went to the mushroom festival in the coastal town of Yachats, Oregon. The whole town participates, with retail stores specializing in mushroom-related items, restaurants offering mushroom meals, and of course guided walks, lectures, and an exhibit hall.
REAL AMANITA NECKLACE – One of my small art projects this month was making a necklace to wear to the mushroom festivals. I took a perfect real dried Amanita muscaria cap, and attached it to a piece of antler which I sanded down, and happened to just naturally look a lot like a mushroom stem!
MT. PISGAH MUSHROOM FESTIVAL – The second festival I went to was here in Eugene. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain while I was there, and everything was very soggy. But, the exhibit hall had over 300 specimens as usual, and was fantastic.