Category Archives: Nature

Beatrix Potter

While famous for her children’s books, Beatrix Potter was also an accomplished naturalist and painted many plants, animals and fungi. Turns out, one of the latter was the fly agaric! Here are some of her depictions of my favorite mushroom: … Continue reading

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A Strange Duo

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One Rainy Day

One Rainy Day by Tim Gainey

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Mushroom Anatomy

Illustration by Madison Safer

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Mushrooms are so weird

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Mycology

Today’s “Mycology” comic from xkcd is right on point. I have long suspected (only half-jokingly) that Amanita muscaria has some infernal fungal ability to possess the minds of otherwise sane historians, folklorists, etc. and make them see the mushroom in … Continue reading

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High Coyotes?

So apparently, some coyotes in California (or just one?) have been acting strange lately, jumping onto the highway and staring down cars. Of course, most likely this is due to the common occurrence of wild animals losing their fear of … Continue reading

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