June was an especially wet month here, with twice the usual amount of rain during the month. Every stream in the Big Woods is full and small streams are running where there is seldom any water – and the ground is squishy underfoot.
Usually when we think of colors associated with rain we think of dark gray clouds or maybe the colors of a rainbow. Now, however, all that rain has produced other colors in the woods, the many and varied colors of the fungi that were prompted to produce fruiting bodies by the rain. Recently, we’ve had an abundance of colorful fungi – unfortunately, most of them aren’t shown in any of the field guides on our shelves. Fungi are notoriously difficult to identify which is why I won’t gather any for the table and why even experienced mushroom gatherers are occasionally sickened or poisoned by their wild harvest.
But we can all enjoy the beauty of the colorful gift the rain has bestowed on the woodlands.