Forest Bathing

Following my beach walk last Tuesday I decided to look for mushrooms in the small stand of trees near home. Just as I locked the car and stepped onto the trail the heavens opened up… no use heading home: the rain was warm and I knew I would eventually dry off.

Chanterelles have not been abundant this year. It has been very dry! I came upon three sparse patches on Tuesday and picked just enough to fill one dehydrator tray.

I delighted in other sights washed clean by the rain, the bright green leaves contrasted by red berries and a spiderweb dotted with water droplets.

I am also learning more about inedible mushrooms like these Scaly Vases. They are impressive in size. Are often found near Chanterelles and are definitely not consumable!

And then there are the early signs of autumn… a lonely red maple leaf! Fall is just around the corner.

May your Thursday be filled with sunshine and summer activities. Best wishes, Anna

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