England: General NATURE + GARDENS

Fanciful Toadstools

November 7, 2012

English toadstools in autumn

 

I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on these beauties

when we first moved to England

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I thought they only existed in fairy tales

Don’t you love their girly ‘skirts’?

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These are Fly Agaric toadstools

and are ‘toadstools’ by definition because they are poisonous

(mushrooms are edible)

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You’ll find them under birch and pine trees

With a commanding size and color,

you can’t miss them on the forest floor this season

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This image shows the stages of the Fly Agaric

with the youngest cap in the foreground

which will gain more spots and flatten as it ages

Aren’t they delightful?

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And btw,

English schools really do have competing houses and prefects just like in Harry Potter

Makes you wonder what is fact and fiction sometimes…
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More autumn in England posts

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