i spent the last four days off the grid, in the best little corner of the woods where propane lanterns lit my little cabin inside and the matsutake were popping outside. i led three classes, each with a different institute and group of people. i feel i learned a lot about teaching and ways to communicate over the last four days. the vast world of fungi enamors and excites me, but it also tends to jumble my mind and lips as i try express as many facts about mushroom identification, safety, harvesting practices, stewardship and the crazy in-depth world of fungi—all in a few hours! i feel i do a decent job of communicating (okay, scratch that, i know i do a good job at communicating), but i always want to say more, show more, find more…
this translates into the instagram world as well you know, this tiny box to type a few thoughts and hope i communicate clearly. here’s a secret…i find amanita muscaria in abundance every fall, i have hundreds of photos of it on my phone, but i rarely post photos of it because i don’t feel i’ll do it justice if i start to talk about this incredible mushroom. there’s simply too much to say.
anatomically it’s a perfect example of a mushroom’s structure (and why it’s depicted in almost every mushroom anatomy diagram).
historically it has a deep story, from rich shamanic practices to people drinking reindeer urine—of which cater to folklore and legends for the ages.
chemically it is complex. it is toxic, psychoactive and edible all in one, yes…that is possible. it contains toxic compounds but through proper handling and preparing you can render the mushroom harmless by ridding it of the toxins.
this is just the tip of the iceberg. sometimes education comes in steps, sometimes learning comes in steps…
be responsible with your learning process, a slow collection of facts is not a bad way to go. and when you offer information, be responsible in how you deliver it.
for example, every time i’ve posted a photo of this mushroom, someone simple states “i eat it” without any valid information unpacking that statement attached, this is irresponsible. (continued in comments...)
Amethyst deceivers (laccaria amethystina ) widespread and common in britain and ireland, laccaria amethystina occurs on mainland europe, and in much of asia and north america. 📷 bernoid on twitter.
I wanted to grow some fungi and home but i didn't have mushroom. these little dudes are a little plain, a little boring and just don't look like much compared to the great hulking log they're growing out of. but that doesn't mean they aren't awesome.
sometimes i feel like the plainest, dullest man in the world. often feel like i don't really have anything to offer. i know lots of people also feel that way too. but we all have our place in the world. for our fungal little friends it's on that log, basking in all the autumnal glory. for me, it's as a kind friend, a caring campaigner, an all round nerd and a mental health awareness dude.
for you, it might be as a carer for a family member. it could be as a mushroom expert. it could be as a dope a*s musician. it could be as a crazy unicycling fire breathing juggler. whatever it is, know that you have a place in the world and the world is better with you in it.
There was discing in between the nature shots. 😁
no matter what happened throughout the day, remember god has a plan. go out and enjoy what he has created and give him your worries 🙏
philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to god. and the peace of god, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in christ jesus.