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


I thought they only existed in fairy tales

Don’t you love their girly ‘skirts’?


These are Fly Agaric toadstools

and are ‘toadstools’ by definition because they are poisonous

(mushrooms are edible)


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



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?


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…

More autumn in England posts

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