Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Foraging for Mushrooms in Maine

When the spores of a mushroom
are released, they may travel
a certain distance before they land.
—Brandeis field biology

spotting wild chanterelles
perfect for omelets
finding overlapping caps of
Hen in the Woods nestled
near oak and ash trees

discovering a lilac-brown bolete
—inedible in Maine,
seeing snapshots of poisonous
Yellow-Orange Fly Agaric
and toxic Jack-o'lantern

but how to know a deadly amanita
virosa from a simple puffball

Instead I take photos
of mushrooms
and slip their
pictures into a scrapbook

April National Poetry Month
Day 9 hunting


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