Today when taking the dogs out for their second run of the afternoon I looked down and saw this one first:
It was so unusual that it caught my eye. I've never seen one with a red cap. I pulled it up to get a closer look and then decided to take a picture. I walked a few steps further and saw yet another variety:
There was rain last night, so perhaps these emerged due to the dampness of the ground, if that is what mushrooms do. I do not know. But I walk these fields every day and have never seen these. Or perhaps they were there and I just never noticed.
I am on a quest to be more mindful - about everything in my life; to slow down the pace and look, really look, at things and live in the moment; to think about whatever activity I'm engaging in and enjoy it to its fullest. In my limited success with this endeavour, I find it really makes a difference. To fully enjoy food by thinking about it -- the texture, the varying tastes, the way it feels in the mouth -- makes all the difference in the world. A side benefit is that I feel full sooner and eat less!
But back to the mushrooms. Maybe the fields are full of them all the time and I've just never been mindful of them. I started looking more closely at the ground as I walked and found two more:
One thing is for sure though: I'll never eat one. Someone told me some are safe to eat and quite good; others are deadly. I would never take a chance.
But if anyone knows where I can find truffles, I'll be glad to find and eat those! I've read that in France pigs and dogs are used to sniff out truffles in the woods and a day of truffle hunting is quite the adventure and a day of celebration.
Truffles! What a find that would be! But I don't think they grow in Alabama. If they did, I might even buy a pig because I believe my dogs would eat them before I could snatch them from their jaws.