At the very edge of a deep dark forest, where the Oaks stand guard and the enchanted Elm and Beech tree limbs hang low, the Wicked Witch who hopes to eat small children had placed tempting, delightful confections, her Witchy Orange Delights. A wonderful and witchy aromatic fragrance hung in the air.

Nearby a young and tender plant held ripening witchy Pokeberries that tempt small children. If small children left the berries until harvest time, the Wicked Witch would use them to make her own special Wicked Red Ink.

Small masked forest creatures sneaked out from the deep, dark forest depths hoping to glimpse the shining sun from the small grassy meadow. They did not linger here for fear of the eyes and spies of the Wicked Witch who hopes to eat small children because they, themselves, are Small Masked Children.

Like small bandits, they gathered some of the Witchy Orange Delights and took them back into the deep darkness of their forest home to show their mother that they had brought some freshly gathered food.

When she looked upon the Witchy Orange Delights, she cried out. The Small Masked Children gasped. The Witchy Orange Delights fell upon the leafy forest floor and shined with a light all their own, an eerie green glow.

The Masked Mother told her children that these are Witchy Orange Delights and full of evil, enchanted poison, a trap set by the Wicked Witch who hopes to eat small children. She asked if they remembered not to eat anything before showing it to her. Like very good small children, they could truthfully tell her that they had remembered. The Small Masked Children had followed her good instructions. They had not eaten even one bite of the fragrant, poisonous Witchy Orange Delights.

The Small Masked Children were very good children, indeed.

Omphalotus olearius is a real mushroom that grows at the base of Oak trees. The mushroom gills underneath glow in the dark. Yes, it’s true. And they are poisonous too, although I’m not at all sure where they get their poison. ;)

Click on the blue words to read more truth about this mushroom.

The Pokeberry ink is real too. I’m sure you’ve seen it from time to time on top of a car. Witches ink, a terrible curse upon those who fly and those who are under those who fly.

Baby raccoon twins arrived to take a good look at these orange mushrooms just as I was almost set to photograph. What good luck I have on this day! They felt and smelled and looked at the mushrooms but did not taste. They walked away with empty paws. Faint leafy crumby paw prints were left behind on some mushroom tops.

Photo taken at the edge of a clearing in the deep, dark forest in the mountains of North Carolina, USA in Macon County near the small town of Franklin.

© Jean Gregory Evans

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS 1/160s 100mm f/5.7 ISO-400

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A lover of art and nature, Jean adores animals, whimsy, smiles, and chocolate chip cookies, not necessarily in that order.

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

    Small masked forest creatures sneaked out from the deep, dark forest depths hoping to partake of Witchy Orange Delights.
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  • labaker
    labakerover 3 years ago

    great shot and story Jean!

  • Thank you very much, Larry! I’m so glad you like it. Whew! :)

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    This is a fabulous, very well captured,
    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you so much, Ann!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Ray!!!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Livvy Young
    Livvy Youngover 3 years ago

    This is a fabulous shot,great fungi and wildlife to,you are a great story teller,love the imagination.Top fave for me.

  • Thank you, Livvy! I am just so thrilled with the ‘great story teller’! Your encouraging words have given me a great boost!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Ann Reece
    Ann Reeceover 3 years ago

    Awww … wonderful photo and story!!!

  • Ann, I really appreciate those encouraging words! Thank you so much!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieover 3 years ago

    Hi Jean- very cool photograph!!! I love those little cute coons, and the brightly colored mushrroms! Great : )

  • Thank you so much, Stephanie! I’m glad you enjoyed this photo that I took just yesterday morning!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Roger Jewell
    Roger Jewellover 3 years ago

    Nice image – how much do the raccoon models charge? I can only afford the opossum models and they ain’t cute at all. GREAT SHOT Jean!!

  • Thank you so much, Roger! I believe that the raccoon must charge less than an Opossum because the Opossum that I used to use has left my employ. :( And he was a real cutie, his ears were very black and with a very white stripe across the middle and his front paws were really, really pink. :) I miss him.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    11 July 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Thank you, Konstantinos!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 3 years ago

    Ah what characters, they deserve to star in their own storybook! Wonderful work!

  • Georgie, I’m taking your suggestion to heart and truly considering working on a storybook all their own. I really appreciate your kind words and support. I find it very encouraging!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

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