Friday, October 22, 2004

Lord of the flies

Along the path yesterday afternoon, a rare find in these parts, a Common Stinkhorn mushroom. It is hard to imagine a more bizarre, wickedly evocative growth -- phallus impudicus, the head covered with a foul-smelling green slime that attracts flies and other winged insects that spread the spores. A spookmeister fit for Halloween. Impudent, indeed!