Friday/ the mushrooms are here

It’s (apparently) time for the mushrooms to pop out from the ground in my back yard again. The squirrels nibble on them as well, but they are 1. not too tasty or 2. the squirrel get a psychoactive mushroom high from the nibbles and cannot continue.   I let the mushrooms be until they get really big and flat, and then throw them into the yard waste bin with the leaves I rake together.

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As far as I can tell this specimen from my back yard is Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita. Don’t touch! Or eat! It is toxic and has psychoactive constituents. (The dollar bill is just to illustrate the size, about 4 inches across).

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