Inky Cap

I saw this silver and bronze-looking mushroom standing alone, glistening in the sun in a wooded area along the Mississippi River.  At first it looked like someone had placed a shiny metal lawn ornament in the middle of the woods.  I had to touch it to see if it was real, which it was.  My best guess is that it is a member of the inky cap family.  After their spores mature, their gills begin to decompose from the bottom up, turning into a black liquid which resembles ink.  Then the mushroom cap begins to curl up, placing the spores in an ideal position to catch the wind and disperse.  It’s strange to think that the magical colors of this mushroom are the result of decay.

“Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.”  ~Vincent van Gogh