Good evening, dear Ellosters. Elloites? Ellosians?
Something very exciting happened today. It might not be the sort of thing that thrills most people, but I thought it was pretty cool.
I got to see a Lion's mane fungus (Hericium erinaceus). It was about 6-7 inches across, and nestled at the base of an oak tree in a park here in town. Yesterday one of our library patrons that I chat with regularly told me he had seen it, and he knew I'd be interested. When he started describing it using words like "stalagmite" and "stalactite" I knew for sure I had to go find it. Lion's manes are apparently quite desirable for eating, but I'm not really interested in going there. I left it right where it was, because I like the idea that people might walk by the tree and spy it there and wonder "what the hell is THAT?!"
Pretty cool, eh?
Maybe this weekend if the weather isn't too dreadful I'll make the effort to get out into the woods for a walk with Michael and my cameras. It's the perfect time for mushroom hunting! It takes slowing down and looking around though - things I can't do very well if the dog is along.
Fall is really here now. The wind and rain have arrived, and it's getting dark so much earlier. Time to start more indoor projects, like my beadwork! I'm teaching a class at the Langley library on November 8th. I also need to make a few more things for Crafternoon at the Brown Lantern...
Have I mentioned how many books I have lurking around that I should read? I need two more heads and four more arms.