Saturday 1 October 2016. Signs of the Time: Sage and Mushrooms

Here are photos from two little rides, one the lovely route back from work around 1:15 pm,

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on which I stopped at the prairie planting on Florida and Orchard. It featured goldenrod just past its peak and lots of blue-purple, red-purple, and pink asters. The surprise was wild blue sage (Salvia azurea grandiflora) , a good amount of it.

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Among the thick, pervasive common (Canada) goldenrod also was at least one other species which I guessed to be showy goldenrod, Solodago speciosa

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Later in the day, (about 5:45 pm) made a visit to the mushroom site and saw lots of fruiting bodies (mushrooms) of Amanita muscaria that I first noticed only a week ago.

Just indulged in picture-taking:

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Noticed healthy and “sick” looking individuals.

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Saw flies hovering around and resting on some of the mushrooms.

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This must have something to do with its common name: fly agaric. Thought perhaps that the flies were of a particular species that associated with fly agaric mushrooms, but internet research didn’t turn up any information about that, only that a certain compound in the mushroom was thought to be both an attractant and poison to unspecified flies.

It was nice to see the late afternoon sun on them. Nice to witness the sage and the mushrooms, markers of early fall.

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