I spent more time in the forest yesterday. I put on my jeans, hooded sweatshirt, and Vibrams and headed into the muggy, mosquito infested wonderland. I also brought a basket, some offerings to the spirits, my knife, and a couple field guides. I found several feathers, a quartz vein as well as a loose piece to take home, and several black raspberry bushes. I harvested those. I also found numerous beautiful mushrooms like the ones photoed above*.
I was outside for awhile. I feel more confident in this new forest – and more welcomed. It saddens me to see the litter all over. I would like to bring a bag up and clean again, but it is depressing to know that it will come back. Sometimes it feels like litter bugs are in the majority. I don’t really know what to do about that besides clean quietly and live by example.
*Apparently the crown tipped coral mushroom is edible…but I’m not confident enough to try it. Someday I would love to take foraging classes and gain that confidence.
*And occasionally yell at people, albeit passive aggressively…
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