Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Behold: the alluring Amanita Muscaria. I took these photos this afternoon when Buck, Lou and I walked the woods. But beware. These beauties will take you on a magic carpet ride or put you under for good. Fortunately, Lou has the good dog sense to leave them alone. We have so many different types of fungi …

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IN SEARCH OF A POT OF LEFTOVER BOSTON MARATHON CHILI TODAY, (which I thought would make a fine lunch and I was right), I found a large bluish-lilac mushroom zipped up in a gallon-size plastic bag in the refrigerator and remembered my quest to learn its identity. Today is a typical Gulf coast Florida so-called …

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Just learned from mycologist Bill Petty (who knows his ways around moths and butterflies, too) that my “moth” is actually a Junonia coenia, otherwise known as a Common Buckeye butterfly. For more info on this sweet critter, click here for the link Bill gave me.  Thanks, Bill! Bill also identified that first mushroom on the …

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