Deep in the forest where a wicked witch hopes to eat small children, a shroom peaks out from his hidden home. The diabolical witch, he knows, wants to find him and put him in her magic oven where he could be turned into an enchanted cupcake if he isn’t clever and cautious.

Carefully, carefully lifting the trapdoor in the forest floor, trying to avoid doom, the little shroom looks for the witch’s broom, and any sign that she’s about. He sees his poor old friend, the Hemlock tree that he stays beneath. The Old Hemlock tree withers and dies where it stands in the evil witch’s ill-fated forest. It is defenseless, exposed and feeble … but not yet alone.

Off in the distance, he hears a witchy, squeaking voice, chanting, crooning, and conjuring.

Now, don’t panic. Oh, do be careful though. Just don’t turn around … and look straight ahead … and go straight home … and get under your bed.

In the Appalachian Mountains, the Hemlock Tree is disappearing, being killed by the sap-sucking insect Adelges tsugae (Hemlock Woolly Adelgid). The Hemlock that grows here is not poisonous. The needles of the Hemlock tree can be used to make a medicinal tea. Honest.

If you know the species of this mushroom, please tell me!

Photo taken in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA.

© Jean Gregory Evans

Camera: SONY DSC-H5
Exposure: 1/15 sec.
Focal Length: 6 mm
F/Stop: f/2.8
ISO Speed: ISO-320

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  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

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    Having a wonderfully creepy time. Wish you were here. Really wish you were here.

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    oooo…love the write up with this one. Almost certian this is a type of Amanita…but since he’s not fully arisen I can’t give you a positive ID. LOVE that he’s slowly pushing up like that….just as you said……carefully looking around before he shows his full self………knowing how beautiful he is…and possibly dangerous!
    2 guesses……I know BOTH grow around evergreens……..Pantherina and Strangulated Amanita. The Strangulated A. LOVES Hemlock….(Eastern variety?)

  • Oh, this is great information, Carla! You always make showing my mushroom photos a whole lot of fun and I’m finally beginning to learn about them. Love the way you write to let me know what you know and what you think. Thank you so much!

    With this information, you’ve inspired me! I am going to enhance my little story. Now I’m thinking chapters.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 3 years ago

    Love the story telling! This already looks to me like a spidery type bug is devouring the shroom so the witch story fits right in. Love your sense of humor!

  • Oh, what a great idea! I am going to have to use that in the story! My mind is formulating chapters. :) You’ve inspired me! (again!)

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Margot Ardourel
    Margot Ardourelover 3 years ago

    Another fun story. Good work Jean!

  • Thank you so much, Margot!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    It’s the imagination behind our vews that help me so much to enjoying images and finds just like this…..
    Love the idea of a spider…a spider hat to help blend in and hide? :o)

  • JPhipp
    JPhippover 3 years ago

    I believe this to be the poisonous pantherinia, not the editble Amanita Rubescens, with which it can easily be mistaken, however i am not entirely sure it is either, however its trap door had makes this an absolutely wonderful fairytale, splended capture!!!

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago


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