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colour on the woodland floor

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Today, we went for a walk along the trails at our camp. My favorite path runs along the boundary, next to our zig-zag cedar fence and among young white pine, grey birch, red maple and balsam fir.

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The weather has been very damp, so I expected to find fungi along the way. But I was surprised to see a beautiful patch of bright orange toadstools, each with a distinct orange-red center. They stood out among the red-brown leaves and green mosses.

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I am not good at the identification of fungi, but I think this is Caesar’s mushroom (Amanita caesarea). It is easily confused with the poisonous Amanita muscaria, so no one should use my painting as an identification guide. Just a celebration of orange and red on a fall day.

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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Copyright Jane Tims 2015

Written by jane tims

November 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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  1. Beautiful. . . I love your interpretation of the mushrooms, moss, and leaves on the woodland floor.

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    Sheryl

    November 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

    • Hi Sheryl. Thanks! It seems this fall has provided an ideal growing environment for so many fungi. I’ve noticed more species than ever before! Jane

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      jane tims

      November 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

  2. Dear Jane,
    I think thee much too cautious!
    During my woodland walks, I tend to consume anything that even comes close to a food group – with a particular focus on the mushroom family – and they can be of any colour; not particular. So far, I’ve suffered no ill effects (well, as long as you don’t count that 3 week period in 1967 when Timothy Leary and I circumnavigated the globe – 467 times, I think, but don’t hold me to it.
    So, eat up. Woods is natural. Won’t hurt ya none.

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    neil

    November 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    • Right.

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      jane tims

      November 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    • To those who may read this who do not have Neil’s botanical knowledge, do not eat everything you find in the forest. Do a little homework, ask an expert.

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      jane tims

      November 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  3. I love the movement from the shapes of the leaves in your picture, and the balance of the brights and darks.

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    TextileRanger

    November 5, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    • Hi! Thanks. I wish I had carried a camera with me, because the shapes and brittleness of the dry leaves on the forest floor were fascinating! I love the fall. Jane

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      jane tims

      November 6, 2015 at 7:22 am


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