Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria
Amanita muscaria beautiful fungus
Amanita muscaria

One of nature’s surprises on a recent walk.  A beautiful mushroom called Amanita muscaria.   It is also known as fly agaric.  A very interesting mushroom that is stunning red with white spots and psychoactive properties.

Spider Lake fall reflections

Spider Lake fall reflections
Spider Lake fall Reflections
Spider Lake fall Reflections

It was a beautiful day at Spider Lake yesterday. Very peaceful and quiet … a real zen zone.

Spider Lake fall reflections
Spider Lake fall beauty

This area was previously a gravel pit and now it is a fantastic recreation area for fisherman, kayaks, paddle boards, and swimmers.  It is a good example of industrial land converted back into nature!  🙂

Rathtrevor beach waves

Rathtrevor beach waves
Rathtrevor beach waves
Rathtrevor beach waves

Rathtrevor beach waves with zen vibes on this Friday at Rathrevor Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Ironic that on the opposite side of this great continent to the south, hurricane Irma is ravaging everything in her path.

Stay safe my American brothers and sisters.


Ghost pipe plant is cool

Ghost pipe mushrooms
Ghost pipe plant flowers (Monotropa uniflora)

Otherworldly, but oh so cool is the Ghost pipe plant (Monotropa uniflora).   Also known as Pipe or Corpse plant these flowers were in the deep forest on a slope by a stream. I have only seen this species of plant one other time in my lifetime. That was on Cypress mountain in 2008 during a field trip.  Tim Burton comes to mind as well as Dr. Suess 🙂