Refuge: Fungi

by Zbigniew

With the civic political silliness in full swing, and the day of reckoning drawing near, my mind takes refuge from the hullaballoo in the quiet contemplation of the mushroom.

That is, mushrooms; according to the Vancouver Mycological Society, the Lower Mainland is home to some of the most diverse forms of fungi found anywhere in the world. In the fall, with the rains, they appear in great abundance and diversity.

Some are quite palatable, others less so. There are some that should be avoided for their poisonous qualities, particularly the “death cap,“ which has made it’s way to Vancouver in recent years. Determining one from the other requires a good deal of applied information.

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