Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 08/30/2014


Photo taken on July 25, 2014


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The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 8

The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 8
(These are photos I look 40 years ago on a backpacking trip through a great rain forest that was about to be "harvested", in British Columbia.)

Our group of six included a top-level amateur mycologist and a college teacher. The rest of us got into the spirit and helped them find 86 species of mushrooms.

I couldn’t identify many mushrooms, but I did think about them as I walked along. The underground parts of the plants, the mycelia, must be under my feet all day. Worthy of an Indian creation myth. So I made one up:

The first gods created a fine island for the first humans. But the primal rains and tides beat fiercely on the new land and soon began to wear it away.
The first gods finally hit upon a way to save the island. They created mycelia, and the mycelia spread everywhere, making an underground safety net around all the land.
The first humans remained skeptical because they couldn’t see the net of underground plants that was keeping their island together. That’s why the mycelia send up their strange blossoms called mushrooms. They are little signals, here and there, that all is well.

To see other pages of this photo story, check out my album "The Great Trees of Haida Land" .

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Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
I bet it fun to go back with these photo's and memories.
Wonderful story, BTW.
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
An interesting background and image, and your 'creation myth' is very convincing.
4 years ago.