Browns and Tans

Early October.

The browns and tans are moving in.

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At the Vineyard Haven Ferry dock, planter barrel papyrus plumes delineate empty lanes. 

Phragmites panicles are passing from purple to maroon to brown.

Tan will arrive later, as winter rains leach color from these stems.

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Phragmites reeds, Crab Creek, Chilmark, MA. Late September, 2018.

In the woods, other browns may be found.

The last six weeks have been beautifully well-watered. Fungus mycelium has been thriving, and mushrooms are popping up like little Western mining towns.

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Brown rooftops of a crowded mushroom city, mining the nutrients of decay. 

Here’s another Fungopolis.

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Fungi on old oak log, Zinn Woods, Falmouth, MA.

Under a brown cap are brown gills…I didn’t make a spore print, so can’t tell you if the spores are also brown. But: so many spores! A single mushroom can produce a hundred thousand or more.

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Look down.

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See round and brown!




2 responses to “Browns and Tans

  1. You are on your way to a cool children’s book about mushrooms and brown and tan! Your writing is both vivid and engaging.

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