A Lunchtime Walk on the Path

Today at lunchtime I went for a walk on the path that leads around the campus at work. It is a 1-mile path that winds through some nice overgrown land. Here are some pictures that I took:

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Bracket Fungus - Polypore.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Unknown Gilled Mushroom.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Wild Grapes - tart and tangy.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Poison Hemlock.

Socrates was executed by being made to drink a potion of poison hemlock.
"Socrates' death is described at the end of Plato's Phaedo. Socrates turned down the pleas of Crito to attempt an escape from prison. After drinking the poison, he was instructed to walk around until his legs felt numb. After he lay down, the man who administered the poison pinched his foot. Socrates could no longer feel his legs. The numbness slowly crept up his body until it reached his heart. Shortly before his death, Socrates speaks his last words to Crito: "Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius. Please, don't forget to pay the debt." Asclepius was the Greek god for curing illness, and it is likely Socrates' last words meant that death is the cure—and freedom, of the soul from the body. Additionally, in Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths, Robin Waterfield adds another interpretation of Socrates' last words. He suggests that Socrates was a voluntary scapegoat; his death was the purifying remedy for Athens’ misfortunes. In this view, the token of appreciation for Asclepius would represent a cure for the ailments of Athens."
A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Poison Hemlock

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Aster.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Unknown Berry.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Unknown Berry.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Slightly Out Of Focus Grasshopper.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Immature Dryad's Saddle - very tasty and edible at this stage, or so I have read.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Oyster Mushrooms - Think I'll take some and have them for dinner sometime this week!

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Artist's Conk - You can use a twig to gently draw on the white underside of this polypore, and it looks like you have drawn on it with a graphite pencil. Natives of North America made quite an art-form of this, and you can find many current examples for sale on the web.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Artist's Conk.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Artist's Conk.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Oyster Mushrooms.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Oyster Mushrooms.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Oyster Mushrooms.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Unknown - possibly partially decayed Dryad's Saddle.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Oyster Mushrooms.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Common Inkcap - I've posted about this in greater detail before.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Common Inkcap.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Snail Shell.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Cattail Reeds (Typha latifolia) - Fenlander has made Cattail pollen bread.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Cattail Reeds (Typha latifolia) - Owen has made cattail mats.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Cattail Reeds (Typha latifolia) - Make a Cattail duck toy, and look at Jon's nice Cattail woven mats.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Unknown gilled mushroom, growing in pine litter.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Unknown, amazing colouring, firm, growing on dead wood.

A Lunchtime Walk on the Path
Will try to find out what this is - such a nice looking fungus.

I had a great walk, looking forward to what the rest of September and the coming Autumn brings...

Cheers,

Mungo

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